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Caitlyn + Alec | Kate Spade Themed Wedding

From the second I met Caitlyn and Alec, I knew their wedding was going to be an amazing affair. First off, they are just great people, through and through. Second, Caitlyn had every second of the day perfectly planned out and thought of everything for details, even down to the reception bathrooms! Every time Caitlyn updated me with a new detail, I got more and more excited for the big day.

When the day rolled around, it was a spectacular fall day. Caitlyn had everything Kate Spade, glitter and glam from her personal details all the way through her amazing reception theme. Jane Rae Events did a beautiful job all day with every detail, and Energy Event Group kept the party going until late until the night. There was also a family tradition of a “boxer auction” in which the maid of honor auctions off the boxers that were worn by the groom the day of the wedding; such a unique and funny part of the reception!

You’ve got to see all the amazing details and how we ended it with some sparks!
I couldn’t have captured so many beautiful photos without my awesome 2nd shooter, Kylee!

Photography: Bethany Melvin Photography | Wedding Decor & Coordination: Jane Rae Events | Videographer: Energy Event Group | Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: Brides N’ Belles | Tuxes: Tip Top Tux | Rings: Helzberg Diamonds | Florist: Aberdeen Floral by Cindy Carlson | Cake: Kristi’s Cakes | Hair: Fringe Salon | Invitation Suite: Confetti Creative Co. | DJ: Energy Event Group | Second Shooter: Kylee Reed


It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

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


Rainy Wedding = Ruined Wedding? Not So Fast!

 One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive during wedding season is “Soooo, what do you do if it RAINS?!”.  I want to reassure you that even if it rains, you will still have beautiful portraits and BRIGHT colors in your images! Overcast skies mean vibrant colors!  I know that rain isn’t ideal, and no bride would wish for rain on their big day, but if it happens, it happens..... and it’s going to be JUST fine!!  Some of our best weddings have been on rainy wedding days! I have literally been stuck in the rain, under a tree, with an entire bridal party.

Sioux Falls Wedding Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography
Sioux Falls Wedding Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography

See the image above! We all had a good laugh about it and carried on with the party. Here are a few things to remember

1. 10 minutes or a porch! All I need to create natural light portraits on a rainy wedding day is a covered area, which we can find in nearly any town or area. I also only need 10 minutes of no rain to knock out some great photos for you. The photos below were taken on a very rainy day, but there was a break in the clouds so we took advantage of it!

Sioux Falls Wedding Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography

2. Let me worry about the pictures. You have enough to think about. If there is a chance of rain, I’ll be sure to do some extra scouting to find a covered location or two, for us to use for you first look, romantic portraits and bridal party portraits. I found this great greenhouse at a rainy wedding, and the owners were amazing and let us take cover there for some photos!

Sioux Falls Wedding Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography

3.  Take it one step at a time.  Don’t think about your entire day and what will happen if it rains. That will only overwhelm you! Definitely have a rain plan for your venue, but then let your vendors do the work of handling the rest of the day if rain is in the forecast. I will stand out in the rain while you are protected to get the shot if I have to, and I have!

Sioux Falls Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography
Sioux Falls Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography
Sioux Falls Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography
Sioux Falls Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography

It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

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

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
 


It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

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!

Wedding Stationery from Basic Invite!

Wedding Stationery from Basic Invite!


You can say a lot with your Save the Dates and wedding invitations! The best part about your invites is you can make them exactly what you want them to be. A simple card all the way up to a multi-facted invite fit for a classic and fairy-tale wedding. That's where Basic Invite comes in; they are a website that let's you be totally in charge with what your invites will look like. It's super simple and a ton of different combinations you can make!

Caitlyn + Joseph | Minnesota Fall Wedding

I couldn't stop myself from overshooting when it came to Caitlyn and Joseph's wedding. Every time I turned around I found new things to capture. I don't know what I loved more, the beautiful fall colors or the amazing people that surrounded Caitlyn and Joseph. 

They are the friendliest people you could ever meet and their families and friends were the same way. From start to finish, their wedding day was so much fun and I was completely in awe of how great the day came together. I can't wait to show you more of their day below!

Photography: Bethany Melvin Photography // Bride’s Dress: The Wedding Shoppe // Bridesmaids' Dresses: Infinity by Sisters Bridal // Tuxes: Mister Cool's Clothing  // DJ: Silver Sound Entertainment  // Rings: Shane Co.  // Florist: Marshall Floral // Cheesecake: Muddy Paws Cheesecake // Reception: Red Baron Arena  // Wedding Decor: Simply Stunning Designs // Hair: Urban Appeal Salon // Makeup: Artistry by Brooklin Leigh

Shoutout to my amazing 2nd shooter, Kylee for helping me capture the day!


 


It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

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

Nathan & Nicole | Heritage Village, Iowa Wedding

I got to kick off a beautiful, hot Memorial Day weekend on a Friday with Nathan and Nicole. This was such a laid-back, low-stress wedding that between getting ready and the first look the bridesmaids hung around and played Monopoly Deal! We headed from Nicole's family farm to the awesome Heritage Village in Sioux Center to do photos with not 1, but 2 vintage cars and were able to use the rest of the village as a fun backdrop as well.  They had a few other personal touches including the wooden box that Nathan handcrafted for Nicole for their proposal and their college alma mater flags. A little rivalry never hurt anyone right?

Their reception was in the beautiful and bright Terrace View Event Center right on the edge of the golf course and we had a MAGNIFICENT sunset to do photos with. And then to top it off we went inside to a WALL of dessert. Not one table, not two tables, but an entire wall. Nathan and Nicole know how to speak to my heart directly ;) 

Take a peek at their day below! 

Shout out to my 2nd shooter Kaley for her amazing help all day!

Photographer: Bethany Melvin Photography //  Florist: Petals & Perks // Bride's Dress, Tuxes & Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bridal Gallery // Rings: Pat's Jewelry // Cakes & Desserts: A Little Something Sweet // DJ: Concorde Music // HMUA: Renae's Salon // Reception Venue: Terrace View Event Center

It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

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

Tanner + Amy | Minnesota Greenhouse Nursery Wedding

Who said rainy wedding days mean you won't get amazing photos or have a beautiful day? Tanner and Amy had lots of good luck raining down on them! We did their first look in the father of the bride's vintage car with umbrellas in tow - Amy and Tanner were such troopers and were up for anything! Afterwords we need to duck inside and dry off, and Greenwood Nursery right between Milroy and Marshall was so hospitable and let us shoot in their greenhouse! It was beautiful and was the perfect backdrop on a rainy day. 

After their wonderful ceremony, we got lucky with exactly 10 minutes of no rain to do some more portraits in the SECOND vintage car that Amy's father owns. How great, right? Take a peek below at their day! We headed to the reception to party and fill out on an ENTIRE TABLE of cake. Amy and Tanner really know how to party their way into my heart.

Shout out to my 2nd shooter Rachel for her amazing help all day!

Photographer: Bethany Melvin Photography // Videographer: Refractor Films // Florist: Schmiesing Flower Farm // Bride's Dress: Sister's Bridal & Tux // Tuxes & Bridesmaids' Dresses: Infinity by Sister's Bridal // Rings: Helzberg Diamonds // Venues: Greenwood Nursery, The Caboose // Cakes & Desserts: Jean Schmidt // Wedding Decor: Grapevine Gifts & Rentals // HMUA: The Escape Spa

It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

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