Congrats on your engagement! I’m sure your mind's racing with all that needs to be planned. It’s all very exciting, but it can also be somewhat overwhelming. You’re planning the day that you’ve been anticipating your whole life, and you only get one shot at it! That's exactly why my goal as a wedding photographer's to make this one aspect of the planning process simple!
Your wedding day should be an experience from beginning to end. Photography's more than just images. It’s a real part of your day. Not only do you deserve beautiful images, you also deserve an amazing photographic experience.
So, shouldn’t it be fun? and enjoyable? and natural? My goal's to not only capture memories for my clients, it’s also to create an experience that they will never forget!
Your Instagram is your personal yearbook.
-Betsy, venue owner of kensington cove farm
"Alyssa’s work is INCREDIBLE!!! We highly recommend her as a photographer! She is kind, professional, trustworthy, and talented with an amazing eye to capture the PERFECT pictures!!!"
-Jessica & Chad
"I've always imagined having those fairytale wedding photos and she definitely delivered! Not to mention, she and her husband brought a sense of calm to the big day that really helped keep the rest of us in a great head space!"
- Benjamin Crerar, Hidden springs venue director
"Alyssa is an excellent photographer with a kind disposition and vigorous work ethic. I participated in a styled shoot with her and was so impressed by her photography. I couldn't recommend her more!"
-Haley, Owner of Alluring Looks by Haley
"Alyssa did our engagement photos and they were BEYOND amazing! She made both of us feel completely comfortable in front of her camera. I have worked with a lot of photographers being an MUA in the wedding industry and Alyssa’s professionalism and skill are TOP NOTCH! I highly recommend her for your family, engagement, lifestyle, and also for your wedding photography!"
- Jessi, Owner of A Farmhouse Gathering Wedding Planning Service
"Alyssa is an incredible photographer! As a wedding coordinator, I have had the opportunity to work with Alyssa a few times. She goes out of her way to make the entire photography experience enjoyable for everyone with her sweet nature. She is very punctual, professional, and has an eye for detail. Her pictures are breathtaking. I highly recommend her for your wedding!"
- Jeanette & Michael
"...We left the session with such joy...Alyssa made sure all the details were perfect...If you are looking for an experience that will make your soul smile big every time you remember it, don’t look any further... You have found the best photographer in town!"
- Stacey & Robbie
"We've had professional pictures done before, but our experience with Alyssa was by far above and beyond our other experiences...from beginning to end, she provided a fantastic experience with a top-notch product."
- Kayla & Travis
"Alyssa makes you feel so comfortable in front of the camera and she feels like a great friend even though you just met! She got our photos to us so quickly and we absolutely love them!"
- Danielle & Brad
"...True professionals from start to finish. Quick correspondence, creative ideas for photoshoots, styling advice, exceptional quality photos, and not to mention, they made my husband and I very comfortable. We love our photos and loved our experience...They will not disappoint!"
- Julie & Austin
"Enjoyable and stress-free! My husband and I felt extremely comfortable...She gave us specific direction to make our pictures look natural and candid...We love our entire gallery!"
- Engagement Session Prep
- How to Prepare your Groom
- Engagement Outfit Inspiration
- Timing Tips
- Sample Wedding Day Timeline
- Day-of Checklist
- Family Formal Sample Portrait List
- Wedding Advice for Different Seasons
- Reception Planning Tips
- The First Look Explained and Benefits
- The Daddy/Daughter First Look
- Rainy Wedding Day Prep
- The “Controlled” Exit Explained
- How to Use Your Online Gallery
- and more!
Wedding photography's an investment. You shouldn't have to be your own expert on how to maximize your wedding day photography coverage! That's why I've created this 40+ page guide for all my couples. The goal of this guide’s to help couples plan their wedding day in a way that’ll allow me to provide them with the BEST experience possible.
The AR Wedding Experience Guide
60-min Engagement Session
Outfit Consultation for your Engagement Session
Consultation, if preferred
Second Photographer (Meet him here!)
8 Hours of Wedding Day Coverage
Time to edit the final gallery of images
Online Viewing Gallery
Exclusive access to AR Family Facebook Group
-More coverage time
-Legacy Wedding Album
-Additional portrait session
I don’t believe that wedding photography is one-size-fits-all! AR Couples are unique, because I serve a specific type of bride who recognizes that if she wants authentic, radiant portraits of herself & her new groom, then she needs more than just pretty pictures. She needs an incredible EXPERIENCE! The first step towards working with me is determining if I'm the perfect fit for you! After getting to know you online, or in person, I’ll determine if we’re a match made in heaven and then we’ll move on to the booking process!
Yay!!! You were made to be a AR Couple! Now let’s make sure your date's safe and secure so that we can make this dream a reality! I'll send you a custom online booking proposal where you can review your package and pay your deposit to make everything officially official! Now that you’re an official AR Bride & Groom, it’s time to get started!!
Let the fun begin! After you book, you'll receive your Wedding Experience Guide that's packed full of information to help maximize your wedding day photography coverage. We’ll also schedule your engagement session. And don’t worry, I’ll teach you EVERYTHING! I thrive at helping my couples get comfortable and feel like themselves. After the first 20 minutes of your session, you'll be pros. GUARANTEED. Even if you think you’re not photogenic, or if your fiancé “hates having pictures taken," you'll be killing it. That’s all the time we need to get rid of nerves and start capturing the joy of this new season of your life together! After your engagement session, you’ll be featured on the blog and will also be sent your online gallery of images to download and share however you wish.
Once we’re eight weeks out from your Big Day, I’ll start making sure that I'm completely prepared and ready for your wedding! I love creating custom timelines for couples to ensure that you don’t miss out on your dream wedding photos---you know, all of those dreamy portraits, fun friend shots, and detail images that look like they are straight out of a magazine??? I work with AR Couples to plan their Day so that they can actually have images like that of their OWN! I love helping create the perfect timeline for a photography-friendly wedding day!
I believe in telling the full story of my couples' wedding day, so I never shoot less than eight hours. This day's going to be a blur to you, so I make it a priority to capture the traditional shots that every bride needs, while also capturing the moments in between in a creative and unique way. One of my favorite parts of the wedding day's portrait time with the newlyweds and getting to meet the couple’s families and best friends! After the wedding day, you’ll be featured on the AR Blog within a week of your wedding! I like to share weddings while everyone's still on cloud nine from the big day instead of keeping couples waiting!
After your wedding day's over, you'll receive an online gallery full of all of your wedding memories! I encourage couples to sit down with their favorite speciality drink the night that their gallery goes live. Soon after your gallery's delivered, you'll receive your album design (if you ordered an album!) and you can begin the customization process!
While we were dating, Jimmy & I bonded over photography. In fact, our first date was exploring the Great Smoky Mountains with our cameras! Over the last several years, I've been training Jimmy how to be a solid second shooter, and he's rocked it! I couldn't do it without him.
Jimmy's invaluable. Because he's there, we get a variety of angles, like capturing both the bride AND groom's reaction as the bride comes down the aisle. Together, we maximize coverage time since I can't be in two places at once, like capturing cocktail hour AND Just Married Portraits at the same time. Grooms and groomsmen feel more comfortable having a guy around. Jimmy's also yours AND my insurance policy on your wedding day should anything unexpected happen (God forbid!).
Basically, I can serve you better having my hunky husband on my team. Your wedding experience wouldn't be the same without him! I can't wait for you to meet him.
I'm that person---the one who has a ton of photo books. Having digital images is wonderful, but having a printed keepsake that tells a visual story of our life's priceless! If you haven’t already invested in a Legacy Album of your own, you can order one that I'll custom design for you. I’m not a photography business that pushes product sales at all. However, these albums are important not just for you to have, but make great gifts for grandparents and other loved ones. Options will be presented to you at the time of booking, but you can order at any time.
*Please keep in mind that Christmas gift orders must be placed by October 1st.
"I want a marriage more beautiful than my wedding. But to set the standard, the wedding should be pretty dang gorgeous!” -Unknown
Your engagement is not just a countdown. I believe that the most important purpose of the engagement period is to build a strong foundation for marriage. That's why I created the 12-month Reading Plan for the Engaged Couple. You won't regret investing in each other, so get the plan!