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Urban Fairytale | Downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota Styled Wedding

Urban Fairytale | Downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota Styled Wedding

Each year I am to do a photoshoot that inspires me and re-energizes all my creatives juices for the next year. This usually ends up being in the middle of winter, of course, so we are normally freezing! We got SO lucky this shoot, because it was a beautiful 40 degree day with a wonderful sunset; such a rarity in the winter. It was sandwiched between -45 (yes. Negative) weather and a small snow storm the following day.

I was super lucky to again partner up with Walker Down the Aisle to help bring my dream to life, which all centered around this beautiful skirt I had purchased a year ago. The inspiration was to make this as fairytale as possible, while also being as urban as possible in a mid-sized midwestern town.

Newly Engaged? Book These Vendors First!

Newly Engaged? Book These Vendors First!

The memory of your engagement is still dancing in your head, and your staring at the beautiful, sparkly new ring on your finger. Take a second to bask in the happiness! Congrats!!

Your next tasks may seem overwhelming, so here are some tips about what vendors you should book first! Keep a few dates in mind as your start to look at your top choices, as you may need to be flexible with your date to get exactly what you want. Keep in mind that a lot of wedding vendors books up early, sometimes over a year in advance!

For the Guys: What You Should Practice

For the Guys: What You Should Practice

Guys, I’m talking straight to you on this one. There are a few things that I’ve noticed as a trend on a wedding day. Now this may not apply to you all, so if you are familiar with dressing in suits or tuxes often, or have been in many weddings this may be more of a refresher for you.

If you aren’t accustomed to pinning on a flower, tying a the or other fancier things, it’s time to practice these before the big day! Search YouTube, ask your best friend, your dad, or even your neighbor for help on the following things and you’ll be looking pretty amazing on your wedding day.

An American Gothic Wedding | Styled Shoot | Sioux Falls, SD

All this heat has me thinking about how nice and cold it was just a short time ago. WAIT! Before you start throwing tomatoes at me for talking about the "W" word, just hear me out. It made me look back through some of my images from last winter and I just had to share a few! Back in February, I got the awesome opportunity to work with Walker Down the Aisle and Brittany Elizabeth Images on a project. 

Both Brittany and I wanted to do shoots that were a little darker. Our styles of editing and shooting are quite different so with the crazy brilliant mind of Alyssa from Walker Down the Aisle, we were able to make this amazing American Gothic Wedding come to life! We had one meeting to discuss what we all thought it should be and then BAM, Alyssa made it come to life. The twist on this shoot was BOTH Brittany and I would be shooting, side-by-side for most of it, and we would both be editing in our own styles.

If you head over to WDTA blog you'll be able to see her blog post of images.The results were pretty awesome to see how two different photographers can interpret what is in front of them. It helps illustrate how it is important that you find a photographer that matches not only the personality you like, but who also has the style you are looking for.

Here are some of my favorite images from this dark and moody styled shoot!

Styling, Coordination & Design: Walker Down the Aisle // Farm Table & Chairs: Ideal Weddings & Events // Dried Floral Arrangements: Elaborations // Hair & Makeup: Sabreena Frances // Bride's Attire: Nicole Miller // Groom's Attire: JH & Sons // Geode Pieces & Jewelry: Sticks & Steel // Stationary: b.Invited // Cake: Hannah Naasz // Models: Nadiah B. & Trey Martin
 


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Bethany Melvin Photography is a Sioux Falls, SD wedding photographer who specializes in capturing love stories. Bethany Melvin Photography is based in the Midwest, but is available nationwide and for destination weddings. Have a question or want more information on booking? Contact Bethany today at hello@bethanymelvin.com or visit bethanymelvin.com

First Look: Why It's Worth It & Expectations

First Look: Why It's Worth It & Expectations

I’ve seen the benefits of a first look over and over again, and so I only share this because I want the BEST for my couples!! It’s totally ok if couples choose not to share a first look!  It’s just my preference to do one for many reasons.... Keep reading to find out more of the benefits of sharing your first look privately!