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Benefits of a Wedding Planner : Northern VA Modern Wedding Photographer

Guest Post by Jennifer Baer of MAYJUNE Events

Let’s face it – planning a wedding is no easy task! All of the meetings, timelines and budget details are enough to overwhelm even the most organized bride and groom. Hiring a wedding planner can be a huge relief when it comes to all of that… and so much more! So if you’re wondering if hiring a planner would be a good idea, then read on to find out what a wedding planner really does!

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1. Offer insight into the wedding industry. Wedding planners know a lot about weddings because it’s our JOB to know. So when you inevitably have questions about everything from where to find the right people, when to book and schedule things, how to make a wedding day timeline or what the proper etiquette is for certain situations, having a wedding planner by your side can not only be an invaluable resource – but a huge stress reliever!

2. Vendor relationships and recommendations. Planners often have established relationships with other wedding professionals, which means that when it comes time for you to choose a caterer, photographer, or DJ, we not only have quality vendors to recommend, but we can also help suggest who we think would be the best fit for you and your wedding!

3. Scheduling and coordinating. Hiring a planner also means that you don’t have to be bogged down in the back and forth that often happens when you’re trying to schedule meetings between you and your wedding vendors. In order to save you the headache, many vendors, including myself, will handle the several rounds of emails and phone calls and simply let you know where to be and when to be there!

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4. Manage the events and details on your wedding day. A wedding planner will be there on your wedding day to not only make sure all the perfect little details you’ve put together over the past several months get where they’re supposed to, but we also line up your bridal party and family when the ceremony begins, cue the pianist for the music change when you walk down the aisle, notify your guests know when it’s time to move into the ballroom, and track down the best man when it’s time for his speech… just to name a few!

5. Work for you. The most important thing to understand when working with a wedding planner is that we are there to WORK for you. Your family and friends can help you come up with great ideas and even lend a little DIY hand leading up to big day, but when it comes to the actual planning and executing of your wedding, that’s best left to the professionals. Not just because we know how, but because no one who is a guest at your wedding should have to do anything except enjoy this momentous occasion in your life!

Jennifer Baer is the owner of MAYJUNE Events, a boutique wedding and event planning company. With a love of all things wedding and a passion for planning the perfect event, Jennifer provides each of her couples with the personal attention they deserve, allowing them to truly enjoy their engagement. Visit www.mayjune.co or call 540.999.6295 to learn more about wedding planning services with MAYJUNE Events.

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Top Questions for Your Wedding Day DJ : Guest Post : Northern VA Wedding Photographer

Guest post by Joe of Firedog DJs

These are the 10 most important questions to ask any professional disc jockey you are considering for your wedding, and will help you accurately gauge the professionalism, reliability, and honesty of any wedding DJ you are considering.  This list of questions will certainly help you once you reach the DJ interview process, but doing some research beforehand will help you determine whether certain wedding DJ’s are even worth interviewing.  Good luck in your search!

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1. Do you offer a written contract?

All of the wedding disc jockeys you interview may not have the same standards of professionalism. A written, legal contract is one of the first indicators of whether a DJ is professional and reliable. Furthermore, a contract establishes the DJs obligation to the client and outlines what is required for the DJs success, by outlining his setup requirements and other factors related to his performance. For this reason, a written contract is absolutely essential and any DJ not using a written contract should not, in our opinion, be considered for a wedding reception.

2. Will you be the DJ at our wedding?

Often, the person you speak with is not the person who will be your DJ on your wedding day. This is a very common practice among large agencies. It is absolutely paramount that you have an opportunity to interview, in person, the specific DJ that you will be working with and determine whether you feel comfortable with them. You should also expect that the individual DJs name is specified on your contract as it is the only way you can be guaranteed his or her services at your wedding.

3. How long have you been a DJ? How many weddings have you done?

A wedding is such an important occasion, and you don’t want your DJs first wedding to be your own. The number of years someone has been a DJ will give you some indication of their experience level, but some DJs only perform for a few events (and fewer weddings) each year. A DJ with half as many years in the industry may have many times as many weddings under his belt, so you should also ask how many weddings the DJ has done.

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4. Do you act as the “Master of Ceremonies” and make all of the announcements?

Any professional wedding disc jockey should be comfortable with making announcements and serving as the emcee for the wedding, it is a standard part of the job. Some DJs, however, are not comfortable with this and prefer to pass these duties on to someone else, such as a site manager, who may not have a professional voice or experience speaking on a microphone.

5. May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract?

Many wedding DJs attempt to conduct their interviews over the telephone and through email instead of meeting face-to-face with prospective clients. In our experience, there are two reasons a disc jockey would do this as either they don’t feel you are worth their time, or they have something to hide. Some deejays are very different in person than on the telephone and what is presented on their website, and you should insist on meeting in face-to-face so you can judge for yourself whether they are a good match for you and your wedding.  Your “gut” feeling is very important in selecting the right disc jockey, and it’s practically impossible to make this evaluation unless you are together in person.

 6. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?

Different wedding disc jockeys handle this situation in very different ways, some opt to use the microphone to try to energize your guests and motivate them to dance. Others would never do something like this and prefer to use careful song selection to ensure dance floor success. You need to know what the DJ would do in this situation, and determine if that is the way you would like the situation handled.

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 7. What if something happens to you and you can’t make it to the wedding?

Despite meticulous planning and preparation, accidents do happen. If the DJ is injured or otherwise unable to perform on your wedding day, what is the backup plan? Most responsible professionals have some sort of backup strategy should this situation ever arise, but others do not. Often, DJs will be members of a local DJ association, and network with other DJs who could possibly provide backup services for them in the event of an emergency. Others take this planning more seriously and reserve a specific DJ for every date, ensuring that backup is both available and prepared in case of an emergency.  You need to feel comfortable that you will still have a qualified, prepared DJ on your wedding day, regardless of the circumstances, so the answer to this question is very important.

8. Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?

Any professional DJ should be willing to honor your requests, including your request for certain songs and genres to not be used. Submitting a Do Not Play list will give a DJ a clear idea of your limits and your expectations for their song selection at your wedding.

9. What will you wear to our wedding?

Most wedding DJs own, and are comfortable wearing, a tuxedo when they perform however unless this is a formal event we will be in a nice suit to match you guests. However unless your event is something even less formal we will dress in an approriate manor to match the theme such as slacks and a polo. It is important to us that our DJs look meets your expectations.

 10. Are you insured?

It is absolutely essential that any DJ you consider carries a full liability insurance policy. They are fairly inexpensive (less than $250 per year in some cases), so being uninsured is inexcusable. Some reception sites have even taken the step of requiring all vendors working at their facility to provide proof of insurance before the wedding. Liability insurance protects you and the reception site in the unlikely event that your DJ injures one of your guests or burns your reception site to the ground.

For more questions please visit Firedog DJs!
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Model Call : Leesburg, VA : Northern VA Modern Wedding Photographer

MODEL CALL:

Heather Chesky Photography is looking for a very special couple who wants to be pampered and dress up for an upcoming stylized bridal session that will take place in Leesburg, VA! The couple can be friends, dating, engaged or married! You must be ready to have laugh, drink wine & be comfortable in front of the camera. A wedding dress will be provided for the gal (and come on ladies, who wouldn’t love to play dress up in a wedding dress for a day)?!?! The shoot is scheduled to take place on September 26th in Leesburg, VA. If interested, let me know here or send an email to heather@heathercheskyphotography.com. Please also include a recent photo of you and your man!

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Lindsay : Centreville, VA Senior Photos : Northern VA Senior Portrait Photographer

I was so excited to have finally photographed Lindsay from Westfield High School in Chantilly, VA for her class of 2015 senior portraits! We had to reschedule at first due to the unpredictable July rain in Northern VA, but we ended up for the perfect day for her senior pictures! Lindsay’s session showcased her natural beauty, her love for the great outdoors and her horse, Snickers!

Now for those of you who have yet to book your senior photoshoot, my fall session dates are filling up quickly with senior photos. If you are not on my calendar, let me know here ASAP and I’ll be sure to get you in! Spring 2015 senior photo dates are also available for those of you who would like to wait until next year, but I expect those to go quickly too!

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram and on snapchat at @heatherchesky to see behind the scenes and more!

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Remember to book your very own senior photo shoot by heading over here and letting me know!

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Marissa : Leeseburg, VA : Northern VA Senior Photographer

I am so thrilled to share with you Marissa’s senior photos! You may remember her from her studio shoot back in March, but this time around we ventured out to the gorgeous wide open fields of 48 Fields in Leeseburg, VA. We spent an entire morning laughing and photographing which totally made for some epic senior pictures, some featuring her favorite record player. Marissa is going into her senior year over at Freedom High School in South Riding, VA and then will be spending the summer after traveling all over Europe with People to People Student Ambassadors. Although college plans are yet to be decided, there is no doubt in my mind that Marissa will make a positive impact whoever she goes!

Marissa, I love your smile and how your laugh is contagious! You are an absolutely joy and I feel so blessed to have photographed you as you begin this final year in high school! Hugs!

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Would you like to book your very own senior photo session? Contact me here to let me know you are interested!

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