Erin & Jack's ICA Boston museum wedding is on newsstands everywhere in The Knot! 😍 These superstars earned themselves a 3 page spread - they planned out every little detail from the menu, to their vendor dream team, to the best dance floor jams! ⚡️ The cherry on top of a wedding day is getting published - but I'd say this is the whole banana split! 🙏🏻
Thank you so much to Martha’s Vineyard Magazine: Island Weddings for my first COVER!!! AHHH!!!
"The best part of the wedding," said bride Ana, "was the fact that it happened at all.” A series of unfortunate events, from the bride being hospitalized for kidney stones three days before she was supposed to travel to the Island from her home outside of Boston, to missing a ferry, to getting readmitted to another hospital for a kidney infection, and then finally making it to the Island only to be on the receiving end of a hit and run after dinner one night, nearly upended months of planning.
READ ABOUT THE COVER STARS AND TO SEE HOW THEIR WEDDING TURNED OUT HERE!
And check out their LM blog post here!
Amanda & Vinny's exquisite @castlehillinn wedding - "grandeur by the sea" as told by @blisscelebrations!⠀
Thank you to all the INCREDIBLE vendor team that made this day happen. We braved a bit of rain and fog, huddled under blankets in JUNE, and watched with pride as Amanda & Vinny started this new chapter of their lives together.⠀
See their full blog HERE
HOLD THE PHONE EVERYONE THIS IS BIG!!!!!!⠀
Ana & Adam's wedding is live on Bridal Musings - but this isn't just any old feature. They broke down every piece of the wedding, talking about their favorite moments, what they danced to, their style choices, inspiration, planning, proposal story... AND THEIR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHER!
Most in-depth wedding feature ever - you get to learn SO MUCH from Ana & Adam!!!
the sweetest excerpt from the article…
“Ana actually started stalking Lena’s social media years before we were engaged. When Lena launched her wedding business, Ana reached out and confessed that she loved her style, her website, and her eye and was 100% calling her when she got engaged.
Lena was the first vendor Ana emailed when she got engaged. In addition to her pure, raw talent Lena is a gem of a human. She is incredibly bubbly, positive, fun and makes any situation behind the camera feel completely natural. She has a way of making you feel completely at ease while she works and makes every moment fun. She captured the whole spectrum of raw emotions throughout the big day because it felt far more like hanging out with a friend than being photographed. I would say that is what makes working with Lena truly special. She has a wonderful gift of capturing people as they are, in the most beautiful of ways, in what results in the most gorgeous photos I have ever seen. She is a wonder to work with and a true joy to have accompanying you on your big day. In fact, we have become great friends as a result of the process.”
See their full blog HERE!
SO thrilled to be published in the spring / summer 2018 issue of The Knot New England!
HOLY BANANAS HUGE SURPRISE BEHIND THIS THOUGH!
Over a year ago, a photo of Amanda & Steve in their vintage getaway car was going to be featured in The Knot. Well, as all things editorial go, the story ended up getting cancelled and I felt so bad for getting my bride’s hopes up. So bummed! Fast forward to last night when I get a text from Amanda showing me a photo of herself in The Knot!!! I couldn’t believe it!!! SO, today we’re celebrating this AMAZING surprise and Steve’s family’s precious convertible Buick becoming famous on newsstands across New England!!
Surprising tips for the perfect magazine submission
Now that you know how to get published, it's time to learn how to craft the PERFECT submission! The process might surprise you!
DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS.
Shoot the hell out of every detail at a wedding, vertical and horizontal. You’re doing your clients a favor by capturing the details they worked hard on, and you’re preparing for a magazine feature before the wedding day is even over.
Submit lots of: Details, flowers, bridal party style, bride style, groom style, location
Submit less: Couple portraits, cocktail hour, ceremony
Submit none: Dancing, family portraits
Publications won’t accept weddings without a full vendor list. So, a month before the wedding, ask for a list of all vendors involved. That way, you can credit them in your own blog and social channels, plus you’re ready to rock and roll when you submit to a magazine.
Editors want weddings that are unique and diverse, with photos that are clean, stylish, consistent, and look like they belong in a magazine. Think of the three most unique things about the wedding day and use those to pitch the story.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Don’t submit to a DIY magazine if the wedding was styled to perfection by a planner. Don’t submit to a Canadian blog when the wedding took place in North Carolina. Spend time researching these magazines and blogs and their social channels to really get a sense of the weddings they publish and who their reader is.
THE POWER OF NON-EXCLUSIVE
There are two types of publications - exclusive and non-exclusive. Exclusive means the wedding can not be pending or already published before (usually excludes your personal blog). Sometimes it’s exclusive forever, sometimes they ask you to wait 60 or 90 days before submitting to anyone else.
Non-exclusive means you can submit a wedding to 10 different publications and that’s ok! Don’t underestimate the power of going the non-exclusive route - it’s better for ONE of your weddings to be published 6 times, that’s 6x the reach of just submitting to one. Your work gets more life!
Don’t get discouraged if your wedding isn’t accepted. They may have a full editorial calendar, have just accepted a wedding with a similar style to yours, there aren’t enough detail shots. I’ve been rejected as many if not more times than I’ve been published - it happens! There will usually be a better fit elsewhere.
Don’t give up - keep submitting!
If you do get published, remember to share the good news with all the vendors, say thank you to the editors, and re-post the hell out of it on your blog, website, and social media!
I hope you enjoyed this two part series!
Email me if you get published, I can't wait to see!!!
(Link to part one if you need it)
Alexsis & Keith graced the blog over at Cake & Lace today! I loved how the color scheme went perfectly with their site ;) (Do your research when submitting to wedding blogs!) Check out their stunning sunrise Crane Beach engagement shoot here!
Happy Monday friends!
This month, I had the honor of being published in DIY Magazine's September print issue! It's my first EVER print wedding feature! And it happens to be 8 pages long, yahoo! Jess & Chris look pretty stunning full bleed ;)
And don't forget the online feature:
Click HERE for the online article featuring bride Jess's advice for your wedding day! And a HUGE thank you to DIY Weddings Magazine - you guys put together such an expansive, beautiful magazine to help brides rock their DIY weddings!