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by Kaley Campbell, WPICC, Office Manager at WPIC Inc.
One walk through of The Miller Lash House was all it took to start arranging an inspirational board in my mind. The cathedral ceilings, romantic fireplace, early 1900s feel is the perfect setting for a same sex- vintage inspiration shoot.
The WPIC team partnered with The Miller Lash House to host a head shot extravaganza for WPIC alumni. The vintage inspired shoot was one of five style shoots the alumni could choose from to get working shots with. The room overflowed with lace, antiques, pearls, and candles. I chose two brides for this shoot, dressed in the newest spring fashions from Sharleez Concept. The gowns were complimented perfectly by the dreamy backdrop Euphoria Wedding Designs staged in the room. The vision for this ‘everything vintage’ style shoot came to life by incorporating all the specific talents of each vendor; and these vendors were responsible for all the beauty captured.
“We used a monochromatic palette of purples – from rich aubergine to medium purple to a soft lavender, which played off the warm antique tones of gold and various shades of ivory. For a little adder interest we included some gold foliage and gold-leafed pears. The addition of pearls to the bouquets and centerpieces reinforced the antique feel of the overall design concept.” Shawna McLachlan – Opulence Wedding Designs
Planner: Kaley Campbell – WPIC
Photographer: Nikko Photography
Decor: Euphoria Wedding Designs
Dresses: Sharleez Concept
Florals: Opulence Wedding Design
Cake: Vanelli’s Cakes
Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture
Tableware: Event Rental Group
Linen: The Linen Closet
Makeup: Milshi Makeup
Models: Vicki Quach & Taylor Fraser
By: Tracey Manailescu
Initial Meetings are the “getting to know you” moments where you, the wedding coordinator, and the couple meet and decide if you are a good fit. There is no charge for this meeting. (It is NOT a Consultation.)
Typically these face to face meetings take place after a couple has seen your website, blog, some form of advertising, or were referred to you by someone, and decided to email or call you to discuss the possibility of hiring you for their wedding. Hopefully your website and blog will tell potential clients a bit about you and your personality. Your branding should speak to your target couple and attract like minded individuals. From that initial contact, you will set up a face to face meeting to get to know each other, where they can hear more about what services you provide, experience you have and if your personalities match. You want to learn more about what ideas, cultural aspects if any, hopes and what type of budget they have for their wedding. The initial meeting should take about an hour.
- Arrive 15 minutes early to get comfortable and settled, get your table, perhaps get a tea and have things in place to lead the meeting.
- Turn off the sound on your cell phone. Your full attention must be given to the couple.
- Shake hands. Always shake with the right hand in a firm handshake. Look the person in the eye while you are shaking their hand.
- Give your business card. Always use two hands to present and receive a business card. (When receiving a business card make sure that you look at the card before putting it away in a safe place to show respect.)
- Listen. What are their likes/dislikes? What do they need help with? What are they excited about?
- Take notes.
- Dress professionally.
- Show your emergency kit, portfolio and talk about the services you offer.
- Show that you are interested in their plans, and excited for them.
- Have a contract (with a stamped envelope) ready to give to the couple.
What not to do:
- Talk about yourself the entire time.
- Give away tips, vendor referrals and advice without a signed contract and initial payment.
- Discount your services. If you don’t believe in yourself and your value, why should anyone else?
- Check your emails, look at the clock, or take phone calls during the meeting.
- Chew gum or go out for a smoke break.
- Make unrealistic promises or flat out lying, to get the couple to sign.
- Badmouth other vendors or past clients.
Sometimes, in, or after the initial meeting, you may get that feeling in your gut that you are just not a good match for each other. Everyone has their “trigger” that sets them off and sends alerts to your brain. For me it is hand-holding or very needy clients. Some people can’t work with third party involvement such as a very involved sister, best friend or mother of the bride or groom, while others might say, “no way” to indecisive couples.
If you know your trigger, then make sure you are paying attention to the signs for them in your initial meeting so you don’t get stuck in a very uncomfortable working relationship from now until their wedding. If you feel this way, you can bet that your clients do, too.
What should you do? Be honest. Let the couple know that you don’t feel you would be a good fit and ask if they would like you to reach out to your WPIC Alumni within your Association to find a better match. Then go back and revisit your branding, and look into how you can change it to attract the couples you do want to work with.
Hopefully, you are a good fit for each other, and they will sign and send the contract along with payment to you, so you can begin working together for their upcoming wedding
by Danielle Andrews Sunkel
Sorry paintballers, smoke bombs may be a little more difficult to find for the next little while. Wedding photography has a new trend; colored smoke bombs.
Colored smoke bombs can add a creative and fun burst of color to wedding photos.
Or a romantic and mysterious element.
Color smoke bombs can stain fabric, so you might not want to get too close with an expensive or cherished gown.
Or just use white smoke.
Color smoke bombs are available online through a lot of retailers such as Amazon or at your local Paintball facility.
What do you think of this new trend, love it or leave it?