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January 13, 2021

It has always been a desire for this space online to be helpful for my couples when planning their wedding, beyond just the visual inspiration! Because of this I was excited when I contacted Matt from Someone Said Yes to see if he could share some insider, little-known tips for working with your wedding DJ, and he said yes!! ;-) So get ready to bookmark this post or write down these deets! Oh and if you’re still looking for a DJ in the Grass Valley to Tahoe area, Matt is one of the very best!!

bride and groom first dance at wedding

Planning the Best Wedding Ever?

Here are my thoughts on a few commonly overlooked details –

  • Don’t put the DJ in an obscure location; the DJ needs to be easily visible and near the dance floor so they can see it to get a feel for the crowd. I kind insist in being on the edge of the dance floor. It’s a better experience.
  • If there are older guests, try not to sit them close or right in front of the speaker(s).
  • Don’t micromanage the timeline. We do need the order of events but not necessarily the exact time for each.
  • For your wedding, keep in mind that your guests are going to be where you are. If you’re on the dance floor, the guests will be too!
bride and groom dancing the jewish wedding dance the horah
  • If you have lighting above the dance floor, keep in mind that darker is better. Use dimmers for chandeliers, cafe lighting, house lights, etc. (This is really important)
  • If you have a bar or photo booth at your wedding, please try to put it in the main room where the DJ is. You want to keep people near the dance floor at all times.
  • When picking your music, you don’t have to overdo it. Pick 20 or so songs you like and a few you don’t, and let me fill in from there.
  • When selecting your songs for your wedding, take into account not only your taste, but the guests’ as well. I can send you a link so your guests can request some music before your wedding. Let’s review and pick some of the best ones.
  • You always want to leave the guests wanting more. It’s not your responsibility to entertain guests until 2am. For most weddings, a 10pm “last dance” works great and leaves plenty of time for an after-party.
  • If you have to cut corners on your budget, please don’t skimp on your DJ. I am passionate about my profession and I’m focused on helping to create the best wedding ever.
bride and groom dancing

For more DJ inspo and to see Matt do some impromptu sessions, check him out on his website and social media!

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May 26, 2019

The threat of crazy weather, the rental company canceling the beautiful farmhouse tables, the flower order not showing up until right before the ceremony…what took months to plan was all replanned again hours beforehand to pull off this rainy day garden wedding! But Kirstie and Matt + their team of family and friends did it so well that I bet no one even noticed! Even the rain held off until the guests were departing!

Kirstie fell in love with this dress even before the official engagement, so it was perfect that she was able to have to customized to fit her day!
A morning in the cabin with her girls to relax and be pampered!
Look closely to see Matt’s ring is made out of a beautiful wood encased in carbon!
Garden wedding walk lined with calla lilies
Chris Crockett was there to serenade everyone from the processional to the reception
Walking each other down the aisle
Surrounded by those they love most!
The officiant spoke a blessing over them in sign language to seal their vows
Spring dogwood blooms and natural garden beauty
Love how Matt incorporated family heirlooms along with his new heirloom ring!
And Kirstie’s vintage cameo!
Of course a bubble fight with the kids was a must!
Brunch, dancing, cheesecake, then an early evening after party to watch the Warriors play and relax with their friends and family!

Venue | Private Estate
Photography | Lydia Photography
Dress | ASTR
Makeup | Faces Adorned
Hair | Personify Bridal
Catering | Emily’s Catering
Music | Chris Crockett

January 23, 2019

It may have been pouring rain on Sunday but the Grass Valley fairgrounds wedding fair was a success! I admit I have missed doing bridal shows the last few years, mainly because it’s so fun for me to interact with couples and hear their stories and all of the amazing creative friendors! But a pretty close tie is getting to redesign my booth and tangibly showcase the Lydia Photography style that usual just lives online!

Bridal show booth with Tahoe wedding photography at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in California.

So grateful for A Curated Story and Wild & Lovely Events loaning me all the pretty props! It was so much fun to “shop” their rentals and choose the perfect pieces! Though honestly it was pouring rain that day, and I ended up getting so wet! Worth it!

Bridal show booth showcasing Grass Valley fairgrounds wedding in California.
Bridal show booth with Paris, France wedding photography at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in California.

My sister of Elizabeth Mae Creative created updated collection handouts which I loved! Couldn’t decide which picture to use on the front so I used all three, including the one of Petit Trianon in Versailles!

Bridal show booth with Miners Foundry wedding photography at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in California.

It was such a fun event, and I can’t wait to shoot the lovely weddings of some of the couples I met! 2019, you’re off to a great start!

October 15, 2018

Rustic chic was perfectly done at The Highlands Estate wedding in the middle vineyard covered hills in Sonoma. From the white victorian farmhouse for getting ready to ending the night in the barn for dancing, and all the moss covered trees…simply lovely! Just what Jenessa and John ordered to celebrate their special day along with friends and family!

Bridal cottage at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Wedding dress and flowers at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Bridal bouquet at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Bridesmaid bouquet at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Groom tying tie at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Groom getting ready at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Groom and boutonniere at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Groom and groomsmen at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Ceremony location at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Ceremony and reception arch at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Bride and father walking down the aisle at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Groom wiping away tear from bride at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Bride and groom walking down the aisle at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Entrance to reception at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Appetizers at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Vintage glasses and table decor at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Lantern and candleabra at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Menu and reception table at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Bride and groom entrance at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

First dance at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Reception and bistro lights at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Toasts and bistro lights at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Reception toasting at The Highlands Estate Wedding in Sonoma, California.

Photography | Lydia Photography for Nicole Quiroz Photography

Venue | The Highlands Estate

October 4, 2018

Sharing is sometimes hard to do. Just ask the mother-of-the-bride who told me that she had just finally gotten some of the pictures from her daughters’ weddings that had taken place over the last couple of years (I was not the photographer!). Whether the photographer takes a long time to edit the pictures and deliver them or it’s months of waiting for the cd to be passed around and then hoping it works, it’s a story I hear quite often. Which is why I jumped on board the digital delivery via online galleries wagon when the technology first came out! But I still believe that tangibles like albums preserve and tell the story of a wedding day in a way that goes beyond just a facebook album online. I’m all about things you can touch and feel and creating a memorable experience for my clients from beginning until end!

So I was a little excited when USB Memory Direct reached out to see if I wanted to test their hard drives. I’m all about presentation, branded paper, silk ribbon, and personalized gifts so I loved the idea! Now along with a gallery link my couples can receive a beautiful wooden hard drive with all their photographs that just so happens to match their Heirloom Box! ;-)

Grass Valley wedding photography heirloom album and momentos.

Grass Valley wedding photography heirloom album and momentos.

While USB Memory Direct sent me these hard drives to try, this review is 100% my personal thoughts!

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