Wedding Day Items You Didn't Know You Needed

Like any well-prepared bride, you’ve probably made an ultimate check-list, but what could you be missing? In my experience, here’s a few items you probably forgot to include - but could come in handy!

 
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A STEAMER

This seems obvious - but it’s often forgotten! The Last thing you want are bridesmaids in wrinkled dresses coming down the aisle, and in all your photos! Or a crinkled veil! Not a bad idea to send one with your Groom as well!

 
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A BEAUTY BAG

Your makeup artist will create a look to last all day, but sometimes touch-ups are inevitable. Have a small bag of powder, lipstick, and oil-blotting papers just in case!

 
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COMFY SHOES

You may have dreamed of those gorgeous heels, but they may not be the best dancing shoes. Stash a pair of flats in your bag! (They make some that are super compact and will fit in a clutch!) Or consider cute Kate Spade Keds that photograph well too!

 

BRUNCH / LUNCH

Remember to stock up on snacks & drinks to keep everyone from getting “hangry” or passing out! Especially in the summer months, extra water bottles are a must! If it’s too much to remember on your day, ask a friend or bridesmaid to arrange fruit, bagels, muffins, or sandwiches. Or have somewhere cater lunch in for both Bride and Groom.

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CUTE CLOTHES TO GET READY IN

Matching robes are always a favorite for this photographer! They make for some really beautiful getting ready photos, fun group photos, and look classy! But don’t forget to wear cute clothes underneath also! We don’t want the robe slipping open to reveal just undergarments - but you want to make sure you can slip it over your head and not mess up your hair! If you don’t have a robe - a button up or wide-necked top will be perfectly fine.

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AN EMERGENCY KIT

Bobby pins, Safety pins, band-aids, Advil, deodorant, a sewing kit, super glue, fashion tape… to name a few I’ve experienced needing on a wedding day! Some of these items I carry with me, as well as a crochet hook, scissors, tampons, breath mints… In the summer I also recommend Sunscreen spray, and for outdoor weddings - Bug Spray.

 

PORTABLE SPEAKER

Whether you want to relax or keep the mood fun while you’re getting ready, music sets the mood! Create a playlist that starts with soothing songs, and gradually gets more energetic and fun! Try out the search feature in Pandora, and search for either Wedding Day Country or Pop!

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PRINTED TIMELINES

Your photographer should help you create a schedule for photos to convey to wedding party & family. Knowing the general timing of what’s happening at what time will put everyone at ease and help the day run smoothly! Some of my most organized couples have even put together a Girls/Guys list of duties and where everyone needs to be when, who needs to be setting up what or driving everyone from hotel to venue, etc.
If you’re an Emerald + Ivy couple, at our very first consultation we’ll set a rough timeline to give you times that hair and makeup should be completed, flowers should be delivered, decor finished, dinner served, etc.

 
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EXTRA UNDERGARMENTS

Trust me, you don’t know what might snap or rip, and if you have extras you won’t fret one bit! Also make sure you have the proper undergarments for your wedding gown! And try them on together before the big day (at your last fitting if you’re having your dress altered) to ensure a good fit, comfort, and long wear! (Not to mention, make sure those sticky cups will hold through sweating if you’re getting married in the warmer months of the year!)

 

COORDINATOR

A wedding planner, venue coordinator, day-of MC, or an organized friend - whatever you decide - will take a lot of pressure off you! They can hold on to your beauty bag or clutch and emergency kit, and make sure things happen as they should behind-the-scenes. It also takes some pressure off of the photographer - to not have you stressed or having to check on decor. Show someone before the big day how you want tables decorated, etc… and let them handle it!

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I hope these tips have been helpful!
Anything I’m missing? Leave me a comment!

Brad + Mary Catherine :: Basilica of St Peter & St Paul :: The Camphouse :: Chattanooga, TN :: East Tennessee Wedding Photographer

After doing an engagement session with Mary Catherine and Brad, I knew the wedding day was going to be a breeze - They're so perfect for one another, so incredibly sweet to each other... I hope as the years go by, your relationship just gets better and better. Always be affectionate; Always be considerate and adoring, just as you are now! 

Here's a few of my favorites (there were SO many!), but if you want to see the entire gallery - the link will be at the bottom! Just ask myself or the Bride and Groom for the password! 

Ceremony was at The Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul
Reception held at Camphouse
Flowers by Grafe Studio Floral Artists
Bride's Gown from The White Room in Lebanon, TN
Bride & Bridesmaids Hair (and Bridal Prep) at Juliet's Beauty Lounge
Makeup by Katheryn Golden Makeup
Groom & Groomsmen suits from Joseph A. Banks
Bridesmaids gowns from various locations, a few from Adrianna Papell
Bride & Groom and Wedding Party Portraits were done at Phillips Park in Chattanooga

View the full gallery HERE. (Ask the new Mr. & Mrs. for the password or email Emerald + Ivy HERE.)

Michael + Sarah Foust :: Cove Lake State Park Wedding :: East Tennessee Wedding Photographer

Michael and Sarah are one of the funnest, sweetest couples you'll ever meet. They love the Lord, they really care about people, and they love each other so much! It's so obvious in all their images how happy they are together! 

Also... Can all my weddings be at a State Park? Cove Lake State Park is one of the prettiest around, and we had beautiful weather and light the entire day! 

I hope you loved the images! I am absolutely honored to be a part of this day! 

Other Wedding Professionals that brought Michael & Sarah's day together for them:
Venue: Cove Lake State Park
Flowers: Village Florist (Lake City)
Bride & Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen suits: Men's Wearhouse
Rings: Fred Meyer Jewelry
Second Photographer: Sara Miller

To see the full gallery from Michael & Sarah's Wedding Day, click HERE. Enjoy! 

Jake + Stephanie Mizell :: Parkside Resort, Pigeon Forge, TN :: East Tennessee Wedding + Elopement Photographer

You know when you can just see how much a couple loves each other, even when you weren't there? I hope you can see it with Jake & Stephanie's wedding day.

My associate photographer Jordan (Jordan Alyssa Photography) captured their beautiful day perfectly. So even though I was shooting another wedding that day - Together, Jordan and I were able to still give the couple the wonderful experience that couples have come to expect from Emerald + Ivy. Through planning and corresponding with me, to Jordan being the photographer there with them on their Big Day, and all the editing and delivery done through Emerald + Ivy, we've loved every moment along the way! 

Their wedding was held at a huge cabin overlooking the mountains, at Parkside Resort. They had so many friends and family drive or fly in from all over to celebrate with them! Stephanie is a Graphic Designer, and designed all the invitations and stationary, signage, and programs for their wedding weekend! She even put together a handy weekend guide for all their guests - with what's happening when and even fun things to do in town! 

If you want to see the full gallery - just scroll through, and the link is at the end!

Photographer: Jordan Alyssa Photography, Associate for Emerald + Ivy
Venue: Parkside Resort - Mountain View Lodge
Decor + Officiant: Amanda Svoboda with Little House on Main
Music: Zachary Freedom
Hair + Makeup: Caitlin Cate with CCArtistry
Dress: Pure Bridal
Catering: Chipotle
Flower Girl's Outfit: Bailey Blossoms

To see the full gallery from Jake and Stephanie's Mountainside Wedding, click the link below!
https://emeraldandivyphoto.pixieset.com/jakeandstephaniemizell/

Basic Invite :: Custom Wedding Invitation Company

When it comes to planning your wedding - the details are truly what will bring your vision together for you. After shooting hundreds of weddings over the past 8 years - I definitely have a few favorite moments of the day... with the time for details shots being one. I love seeing what couples chose to bring their wedding day together, and I always love styling the invitations. Believe it or not, these items will get misplaced over the years, but my job is to capture everything and preserve that detail forever!

So when Basic Invite asked if I wanted to use their creative wedding invitations in a styled shoot - I couldn't wait!

I asked my friend Anna with Rose Moss Designs to help with some loose florals for styling, and I am loving how classic and sophisticated all the white anemones and peonies look (and you already know I love Ivy)! 

The Quarry Venue in Knoxville was the perfect location to match the style of this set. Although we didn't get to shoot at The Quarry for these photos, it was the perfect venue for the style! If you haven't found your wedding venue, definitely go check out this unique and beautiful location! 

As one of the very few companies that is truly custom, they allow you to change any element of the design to over 180 different colors! You can easily change even the individual floral elements, and customize it for your wedding season and wedding colors. And with overy 40 different colors of envelopes, you can make your invitations stand out before they're even opened.

Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set. You can create a custom collection of stationery matching your wedding vision in your marriage invites, corresponding insert cards, matching save-the-date cards, even a wedding website, ceremony programs, reception menu cards and table seating place cards! 

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you the ability to order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.

All of the envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed. Or choose this envelope option above - where everything is easily folded into the envelope itself! 

They also just rolled out a new clear collection, added rose gold to the available foil line, and just introduced foil place cards!

Now you can plan your entire wedding stationery to correspond; From the Save-the-Date cards, invitation suite, wedding website, guest book, programs, place cards and menu cards! 

This company and the options available are truly amazing! I hope you'll go check them out and order a sample of your wedding suite to see it in person! The quality and paper used are top of the line, I know you'll love them too! 

If you go visit their website now, they have a free printable wedding planner available! 
Have fun customizing! 

Mike & Jenny | March 25, 2017 | The Reserve At Bluebird Hill | Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Venue: The Reserve At Bluebird Hill
Photographer: Blush Creative Photography, Stephanie Kozick
Second Photographer: Cassidy Garcia Photography
Flowers by Echelon Florist
Bride's Gown is a Mori Lee, from Nearly Newlywed
Groom's suit is a Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse
Bridesmaids' Dresses Vera Wang from David's Bridal
Bride's Hair/Makeup done by her favorite stylist, Nadia Lenko
DJ/Lighting by Corey Ozair of Music in Motion
Officiant Chuck O'Connor of Sensational Ceremonies
Catering from Dead End BBQ
Cake by Cheryl McMillan Cake Design
Ceiling Draping & Lighting by Luma Designs
Hand-lettered signs and Favors made by the bride! 
Guest Favors, potted Succulents from Dixie Lee Nursery & Garden

ADAM & EMILY :: SUMMER SUNSET ENGAGEMENT SESSION :: IJAM'S NATURE CENTER & MEAD'S QUARRY :: KNOXVILLE WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

I absolutely LOVE LOVE! and Emily and Adam are so obviously head over heels in love with one another! It makes my job to capture this stage in their journey together so easy! Not to mention they are both professional models, so just a tiny bit of coaching for how I like to do things, but they're naturals!

(You know I'm excited when I use a "!" at the end of every sentence!) ;) 
Aren't they just the sweetest? 

Ruby Lyn :: 7 Days New :: Newborn Studio Session :: Knoxville Newborn & Baby Photographer

Sweet Ruby! I thought she would just snuggle up in those baskets all day! I think it's safe to say she likes to be swaddled. 

I absolutely love these color combinations her Momma and I picked out for little miss Ruby! 

Welcome Sophia :: 13 Days New :: Newborn Studio Session :: Knoxville Newborn & Baby Photographer

Little Miss Sophia was an absolute dream to photograph! Even though she was almost 2 weeks old, she did so perfectly! Sometimes older babies want to stay awake and chat, but she was so perfect, and slept for most of her session! We did get some photos toward the end of her beautiful eyes, so I'm excited to get to those. She was so tiny and sweet, I really could have just cuddled with her all day.

I know Brittney and Alex are just on cloud nine with this sweet girl. Y'all are already wonderful parents! Enjoy!