Wedding Off Season Update

It’s wedding off-season. Time to breathe, re-charge those creative batteries and enjoy time with the family. Here’s what’s been happening so far in the Menig house ♥

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Creative Projects

  • Worked up enough courage to finally paint our black dining table a glorious WHITE! Oh boy, does it look beautiful now!
  • Started working on a pretty triangle quilt in pink and white. It’s my favorite color combo these days and I can’t wait to finish the project and share some pics of it.
  • To get the festive mood indoors (and help a little with my snow homesickness…) I put up our big, flocked Christmas tree, added tons of candles just about everywhere in the house and made a pretty Adventskranz decoration for the table – with lots of pretty faux snow!

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Business Projects

  • I signed up for my first Bridal Expo this February! Now I’m brainstorming to make our booth extra, super special! A real WHAM! experience. I’m excited as well as uber nervous!!
  • As every winter, I answered a self made questionnaire about the business, where I stand at the moment as well as goals for the next year. It’s fun to dream up new ideas, set new goals and find different ways to spoil my clients in the upcoming season!
  • Shame on me – I’m still working on two long time projects. Deciding on the perfect packaging of the wedding USB’s is the first. I have a bunch of awesome ideas, but just haven’t finalized it yet. I think I’m pretty close though. The other one is to create a little About Me Video. As with every project that’s solely about me, it takes forever-and-a-day to even be started…. I’m really just not that interesting of a person… lol

Looking Forward To

  • A weekend in the snow with Adrian & Leya! Did I already mention that I miss the snow?
  • Getting to meet new couples within the next few months! This is always something I’m especially thrilled about. Hearing all the love stories, chatting about wedding details and finding out if we’re a good match… Love that about my job!
  • And this one goes hand in hand with the one above – I’m excited to enter the main booking season. It’s the wind beneath my wings to be invited to spend this oh so special day with a Bride & Groom, knowing that they trust me to capture all their beautiful wedding memories! Cannot wait!

xoxo, Rahel ♥

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Switzerland Trip

About a month ago, Adrian and I returned from visiting my sweet lovely homeland, Switzerland. It was amazing to go on adventures, really exploring the land by foot, train and car. Some of our favorite moments were definitely sipping a hot Ovomaltine (some kind of not-so-sweet hot chocolate) in a tiny cafe, somewhere high up in the Swiss Alps. And then of course, visiting Basel. This city has a special place in my heart and I lovingly call it ‘my city’, even though, I’m not at all a city person. The charm, the old buildings and all my childhood memories make it oh so special.

Enjoy ♥

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Places you should really go when visiting Switzerland: Basel, Chur (explore Switzerland’s oldest city), Bad Ragaz (go swimming in a thermal bath), Berner Oberland and of course you’ve got to see the Jungfraujoch (a gorgeous mountain)

xoxo, Rahel ♥

Carleigh Miller Fager -

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Santa Cruz Wedding Photography // Kris & Katie

When I think of Kris & Katie, I can’t help myself but having to smile. They are SO adorable, always ready for a little giggle. The love they share is beautiful and pure, just like the location they picked for their engagement session. New Brighton Beach, close to Santa Cruz, was an absolutely perfect fit for them. The sand, the cliffs, the evening sun… Enjoy ♥

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Kris & Katie, I had an amazing time with you during your engagement shoot and I cannot wait to be part of your special day next year!! Thanks and I can’t wait to see you again soon!

xoxo, Rahel ♥

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awn, adorable! love it :)

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How to Pick Your Wedding Photographer

In today’s market, you will find many photographers that offer wedding coverage. And because there’s such a great bunch to choose from, let me help you hone in what you should be looking for in a great wedding photographer. Ready?

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1 // Pick a Photographer that Specializes in Weddings

They know how to work with couples, they know how to work a wedding (which is far from a family photo shoot) and they can help you with wedding questions that might come up later on. So pick a professional wedding photographer, that is passionate about couples, love and weddings.

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How-to Pick Your Wedding Photographer Tips & Tricks

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2 // Find Your Photography Style

Photographers are artists and thus everyone has a different way of capturing a wedding day. Do you want natural looking photos or more traditionally posed ones? Do you like a bright style or do you prefer darker, moody images? Ask yourself these questions and soon you will know what really speaks to you.

3 // Find Someone You Would Hang Out With

It’s no secret, you will spend a lot of time with your photographer prior and on the wedding day. The photographer will work closely with you during the celebration and you want to look for someone that could be your friend. Someone you’d actually like to hang out with during your free time. Only a friend will make you feel comfortable, look out for you and truly be part of the day.

4 // Forget Your Budget

Just for a second. Imagine you have all the money in the world. Is it working? Okay. The truth is, your wedding photography is the one and only thing that will last forever and keep your memories of your wedding day alive. And therefore it’s important to rank your photos very highly. A really great photographer, someone that has made weddings their full time job, is not cheap. So instead of having a fixed budget right from the get-go, inquire about pricing first and find out what your budget should look like. Now you’re ready to book – and book quickly as good photographers are being hired 9-18 months ahead of time!

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Whew! I hope these tips will help you find THE one! The best of luck in finding what you’re looking for!

xoxo, Rahel ♥

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Gilroy Wedding Photographer // Annemarie & Ben

Annemarie & Ben’s wedding was such a fun celebration. Untraditional seating, a barefoot bride, a groom with a mustache…. Yes please! Annemarie had ordered her stunning dress off Etsy and let me tell you, what a success. It fit her perfectly and the delicate eyelet lace in combination with a low back was just gorgeous, to say the least. And then of course, let’s not forget the cupcake wedding cake! Did you know that Adrian and I had a DIY Rice Crispy Cake for our wedding almost 5 years ago? Well, that’s why I loved their super cute cake! Plus, I may be a little biased, cause the cuppies were delish!

Enjoy ♥

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Wedding Dress – …… on Etsy
MakeUp – Friend
Hair – Shannon Gemmer
Videographer – Peter Guenther
Food- Jose Becerra
Cupcakes – Caroline Brown

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Thanks so much Annemarie & Ben for letting us celebrate with you!

xoxo, Rahel ♥

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