Hey friends... It's Thursday! Thursday is the day that we shine a little light on one of our beautiful vendors. Meet wedding photographer, Elizabeth, from Elizabeth in Love.
Beth...tell us a little about what you do! I am a lover of genuine people who are unapologetically themselves. With an approach that combines an editorial and a documentary style of photography, I strive to create timeless imagery that evokes honest and straight-from-the-heart emotion. Through their imagery, I want my couples, and their families, to relive the wedding day and vividly remember the big and small moments that make each one so intricate and unique. My hope is that their future generations will look back on the images created and not only see, but also feel the story as if they too were present. I find joy in the unscripted moments and beauty that is in every person, and a part of every love story. I am grateful to those who graciously give me this privilege, and in turn, allow me to follow my bliss.
How long have you been working in the wedding industry? 8 years (wow that happened fast)
What makes your business unique? I think I have a recognizable aesthetic and look to my work. My couples tend to love the soft, airy and pretty photographs as much as the candid images that tell a story and make you feel something. For me it's not just about taking pretty photos, but digging deeper into their relationships, their families, their passions and creating photos that make people think and relive the day as if it had just happened. I was my photos to be as authentic as possible.
Favourite part of your business? My favourite part are the relationships built and the way these love stories inspire my own life and my own vision of love. I constantly leave weddings and want to be a better person. It is so rewarding to get that message after a client has received their gallery and they feel as though I have truly captured "them". Knowing these images will be in their lives and their families lives for generations to come is very powerful for me. I feel as if I can give that family something very unique and special. Something they will always cherish.
What inspires you? Love, fashion, travel, photography, relationships, family, the ocean, graphic design, calligraphy, watercolour, muted colour palettes, other artists.
Who is your mentor/hero in the industry? Locally, Tara McMullen is a pretty strong contender for this. I am constantly inspired by her savvy business sense and the artwork she creates. She's as real as it gets as a person and she creates these moments that are so genuine and honest. I just love everything she touches. She inspires me as a person and in this industry.
On your day off...where would we find you?
On the beach researching and gaining inspiration through magazines, articles, or books (sometimes a little pinterest too). And then likely taking pictures when the sun sets :)
If you weren't a wedding vendor, what would be your dream job? I think I would always want to be an artist of some kind. I am so inspired by this industry and could envision myself doing a few different jobs if I didn't have photography. A florist or a graphic designer as my top choices. I also am really interested in massage therapy. Making people feel good and stress free is something I really enjoy. I also love the relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle :)
What great wedding trends are you seeing this year? I'm seeing a ton of foliage mixed in with flowers (table runners, in bouquets, archways etc), lots of candles (my favourite), less traditional events, and more intimate affairs. Weddings are becoming less and less of what everyone else is doing and more personal to each couple and their personalities.
Do you have any practical advice for couples planning a wedding? Write a list of the things that are most important to you on your wedding day and why you value them over others. Don't take anyone's advice for what something should mean to you just because they did it at their wedding. At the end of the day, no matter how the wedding goes (hopefully perfectly), you'll be able to say you splurged and focussed on the elements that made YOU happy and made your wedding day special. And of course, focus on the day and what it's about. As much as pinterest may be tempting, the details should be secondary. Nothing beats the fact you're marrying the best person in the world and that's the most important piece. Everything else should just be fun and the icing on top of the cake.
PS. Elizabeth has an instagram account that's worthy of a little swooning...She'll also be at THE FIRST LOOK wedding show on April 10-please stop by her booth and chat-she's lovely! Happy planning friends!