5 Easy Ways to Save Money While Wedding Planning

In 2019, the average cost of a wedding in the US was just under $34,000. While it’s great to have any type of wedding as long as you can afford it, more and more couples are deciding to save on their wedding so that their hard-earned money can be spent somewhere else.

If you are one of the people who doesn’t think that weddings have to be that expensive, you’re absolutely right! There are so many ways that couples can save money and still have a breathtaking, memorable day. Here are 5 easy ways to save money while wedding planning.

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Think Outside The Box

When most people think of a wedding reception, they picture a large ballroom filled with flowers and chandeliers. But there’s no reason to break the bank just because of a picture in your head. Brunch or cocktail receptions have their own special charm and are a great way to cut down on food costs. Hosting your reception in a friend or family member’s backyard instead of a formal ballroom will also save you money on venue rentals, food, alcohol, and so much more.

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Slim Down Your Guest List

It’s tempting to include everyone when it comes to creating a guest list, but slimming down the number of invites you send out is one of the most effective ways to cut costs. Consider placing a hard limit on the number of friends or extended family members allowed at your wedding. Remember, you’re also not obligated to give every person a plus-one.

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Alternative Invitations

Invitations are fun to look at, but the cost of materials, envelopes, postage, and return postage can really add up. Paperless invitations are becoming more and more popular for good reason – people are more connected now than ever before, so the old fashioned notion of sending a formal invitation in the mail is falling to the wayside. Consider sending your invitations via email or creating a Facebook group to let invitees know about your upcoming nuptials. If you’d prefer something more personal, phone calls are also practically free.

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Don’t Buy Décor

Décor is not only incredibly expensive, you often are only able to use these items once. Resist the urge to follow the latest trends and instead reach out to family members or friends to see if they have any decorations from their wedding that they’re willing to donate to help spruce up yours. Or, check out Facebook Marketplace or wedding décor resale events to score the latest décor for less.

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Honeymoon Close To Home

Wedding receptions are expensive…but so are honeymoons. For many couples it just isn’t feasible to spend thousands of dollars on a wedding and then immediately spend thousands on a lavish vacation as well. If you want a traditional honeymoon but don’t want to break the bank, consider a “staycation” instead. Visiting a popular tourist destination that is only a few hour’s drive from where you live is a great way to feel like you’re getting away without having to splurge on plane tickets.

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About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Stephanie & Bill, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

Engagement Photo Outfit Combinations

Taking engagement photos is something that every couple looks forward to. They’re a great way to have professional-quality photos that can add emphasis to your engagement announcements or add visual interest to your wedding décor. Engagement photos also tend to be less “formal” then wedding photos, meaning you’ll have images of you as a couple that are a bit more relaxed. When it comes to taking engagement photos, choosing the right outfits are key. The clothing you and your partner wear will largely depend on the season and type of engagement photo you are looking to take.

Here are a collection of elegant engagement photo outfit combinations that will make your pictures pop.

Springtime-Soft & Styled

For photos with a soft, slightly bohemian aesthetic, there’s no better time to take your engagement pictures than in the Spring. Beautiful flowers, bright colors, and a gentle breeze are just some of the things you’ll get to enjoy if you opt for taking your engagement photos outside during this season. Match the ambiance of nature by keeping the clothing light and breezy – a floral sundress and boho accessories will work for her, khaki trousers and a lightweight linen button down are the perfect pick for him.

Sample Outfit

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Summer-Urban Elegance

There’s nothing more chic than summer in the city. If you want to put a more contemporary twist on your engagement photos, stick to an urban setting. Rooftops are a great place to take elegant photos that feature your city’s soaring skyline in the background. Or, choose an iconic landmark location like a fountain, statue, or historic building – either way, you’ll end up with classy downtown engagement photos that will take everyone’s breath away. For this type of engagement shoot, stick to a monochromatic color palette – for her, try a little black dress with statement heels. For him, dressy trousers with a button down is the perfect complement.

Sample Outfit

For Her

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For Him

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Fall-Rustic Chic

Early fall is a popular time to take engagement photos. The sky is blue, the foliage is at its most beautiful, and there’s a slight chill to the air that only adds to the ambiance. For rustic Fall engagement photos, create a luxe layered look full of warm colors and rich textures. Layers also mean you can easily switch up your look so you have a greater variety of photos to choose from. For her, try layering a chambray shirt under a classic sweater – then finish the entire look off with jeans and riding boots. His favorite flannel or three-quarter zip pullover will look classy when paired with dark jeans and dark brown boots.

Sample Outfit

For Her

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For Him

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Winter-Cozy Wonderland

Most couples don’t consider taking their engagement photos in the wintertime. But the ones that do almost always walk away with charming, snow-capped photos that are whimsical and wonderful. Slightly retro outerwear – like fur-trimmed winter boots, a cable knit cap, and other cozy accessories – will add a timeless quality to engagement photos taken in the snow. For him, consider a weathered anorak jacket and jeans. For her, a chunky sweater and jacket with accent pieces like a hat, scarf, or fur vest.

Sample Outfit

For Her

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For Him

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Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Instagram Page


About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Stephanie & Bill, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

Tips for Planning A Backyard Wedding

With increased restrictions on large events, more and more couples are opting for an intimate, at-home ceremony and wedding reception. Backyard weddings aren’t just a great way to make unforgettable in a space that is near and dear to your heart – it’s also a great way to save money.

Although backyard weddings have their own unique advantages, they also require a little bit of extra planning to ensure the day goes smoothly. Here are some tips for brides and grooms to keep in mind when planning a cozy, backyard wedding.

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1. Make Sure Your Venue Is Accessible For Everyone

Accessibility is something that couples never have to worry about when it comes to public venues. That’s because – whether you realize it or not – all wedding venues are required to accommodate disabled or differently abled guests. A backyard ceremony and reception almost always means you’ll encounter uneven terrain.

Be sure to consider whether or not it will be easy for an older or wheelchair-bound individual to safely get from their car to the ceremony site and back again. Even if you aren’t anticipating this being an issue, you can never predict whether an important friend or family member will be in an accident that requires them to use crutches. Planning ahead will make sure no one gets injured – or left out.

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2. Keep Facilities Stocked

Hosting a part of any size means that there are going to be an increased number of people going to the bathroom. This might seem like a silly thing to worry about, you definitely don’t want to be remembered as the wedding with the long line for the bathroom.

No matter how many guests you plan on inviting, you’ll want to be sure to have facilities (and toiletries) that can accommodate an influx of people. This is especially important if the wedding is being held on an individual’s private property. Be sure to ask the homeowners how many bathrooms they are willing to give guests complete access to during the event.

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3. Consider Parking & Transportation

Ample parking is one of the trickiest parts of hosting a backyard wedding. Professional venues usually have large parking lots for this very reason. A wedding held at a home in a subdivision or other residential area unfortunately will not.

Before committing to a backyard venue, you must determine if there is actually enough space for your friends and family to park their cars nearby. If not, see if a nearby hotel or transportation service is willing to shuttle guests to and from the event.

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4. Have an Indoor Location on Standby

There’s nothing more lovely than an outdoor wedding in a charming, beautifully decorated backyard. With that said, Mother Nature often has her own agenda when it comes to your wedding day. If rain, extreme heat, or other inclement conditions force you to change plans, you definitely want to have a back-up plan.

Ask yourself if the home on the property is realistically able to accommodate all of your guests for the entirety of the event should inclement conditions occur. If not, it’s not a bad idea to call rental services in your area to see if you can reserve a few large tents should the rain start to fall.

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5. Be Conscious of Your Neighbors

Holding a simple ceremony in your backyard is one thing – a loud, rowdy party that goes until the early hours of the morning is another. If you plan on hosting a large number of guests or playing loud music at your backyard wedding, you might want to check with nearby neighbors to make sure it won’t be an issue.

Checking with neighbors to make sure a large gathering is ok might not even be enough – depending on the rules of your town or city, it may even be illegal to have a large gathering on your property, especially during a pandemic. Be sure to double check so that you don’t have to worry about breaking any laws or ordinances on your big day.

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About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Stephanie & Bill, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

10 Reasons You’ll Never Regret Hiring A Professional Wedding Photographer

Brides and grooms spend hours curating the perfect color palette, hand-selecting their décor, tailoring their attire, and countless hours making sure every detail of their wedding day is absolutely perfect. When their wedding day dreams become a reality, their guests are left in awe. 

But as soon as the clock strikes midnight on your wedding day, something happens – your celebration is over! The dress gets stored, the décor gets boxed away, and the magic becomes a memory. But there’s one part of the fairy-tale that remains – the photographs. 

It may be tempting to cut corners by hiring a friend, family member, or amateur photographer for your wedding day. But there is a reason that so many couples consider photography their most important wedding expense. There are dozens of reason to rely on a professional when it comes to your wedding photos – but here are the top 10 Reasons You’ll Never Regret Hiring A Professional Wedding Photographer

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1. Professional Quality Images

We put this reason first because it’s absolutely the most important – even if it’s also the most obvious. Your wedding is sure to be one of the most important days of your life and one of your most beautiful memories – trust us when we say that you’ll want images of the day that capture the beauty, romance, and celebration. 

The quality imagery you’ll receive when you hire a professional photographer will far surpass what you’ll receive from an amateur – and we’ll go into more detail why below. But most importantly, your wedding day will likely be a wonderful blur. Professional photographers will capture every detail – even the ones you miss because you’re busy enjoying the day. 

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2. A Detailed Plan

Couples are often surprised how much planning goes into their wedding photos. Professional photographers don’t just show up on the day with a camera – they consult with the couple about what type of images they’d like to capture, what family members they would like included in photographs, and many more details to ensure they don’t miss a minute of the action. We like to take our couples out for dinner a few weeks before their wedding so we can discuss all of the details.

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3. Expert-Level Training

Amateur photographers may be incredibly talented. But the truth is experience is what makes someone an expert. From formal classes to years of on-the-job training, professional photographers know about staging, posing, lighting, and noticing the little details that make a big difference when it comes to quality photographs. Ask yourself – do you want someone to be learning as they go when it comes to your wedding day?

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4. An Expert Eye

If someone makes their living taking photos, they likely have a natural knack for knowing what will translate beautifully from real life onto film. It might be as big as staging a breathtaking, editorial image – it might be as small as telling you to “lift your chin slightly.” Either way, they have an expert eye that is determined to make sure you end up with breathtaking photos. 

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5. Absolute Focus & Attention to Detail

When you hire an amateur – especially one without references or experience – you never know what you’re going to get. They might get distracted by the free food, the open bar, or the rowdy atmosphere. They might be taking an unexpected “break” when a special moment is taking place. Professionals know better than to make these mistakes. After all, once a moment is over you can never get it back. 

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6. Pro-Level Editing

Apps like Instagram and Lightroom make it seem like it’s effortless to edit photos in a professional way – but nothing could be further from the truth. Experience using professional software is key when it comes to creating pictures with that special, high-quality feel. 

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7. Elegant Wedding Albums

Professional photographers will do more than just send you digital files. Most will also have products you can order like framed prints, wall canvases, or elegant wedding albums. This makes it easy to show off your beautiful pictures and keep the details of the day at the front of your mind.  In fact, we believe so strongly in the importance of an album that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful album.

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8. Cutting-edge Equipment

Everyone with a smartphone has a high-quality camera on them at all times, right? Wrong! A professional-quality camera isn’t cheap. Typically, amateurs don’t find it necessary to make an investment in equipment the way a professional does. This goes beyond just the camera. Pros will show up with lights, umbrellas, spare batteries, extra lenses, and plenty of other items that an amateur probably won’t – and they’ll know exactly how to use them! 

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9. Back Up Equipment

What could possibly go wrong?  Truth is equipment fails – a professional photographer will have the knowledge to deal with equipment issues.  Even more importantly they will have backup equipment.  Amateur photographers will likely show up with a single camera and maybe a flash.  Professionals will have back up pieces of equipment for everything they use for that “just in case”  In fact professional grade cameras actually record your photographs onto two memory cards simultaneously just in case one fails.

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10. None Of The Awkwardness

A friend or family member with a burgeoning photography business offering to shoot your big day is a thoughtful gesture…but it can also be a recipe for disaster. When the line between “guest” and “photographer” is blurred, the bride and groom are often left disappointed. This can also ruin a relationship with someone who is incredibly important to you. If someone offers, tell them you’d rather hire a professional so that they focus on having fun instead. 

Most importantly the biggest reason for hiring a professional photographer is that you want to enjoy your day, not spend it worrying if your photographer is doing his or her job!

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About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Stephanie & Bill, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

Wedding Color Palette FAQs

What is a wedding color palette?

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A wedding color palette is a set of hues that define the look of your wedding. While traditionally, one or two wedding colors were all you needed, contemporary weddings look best when brides and grooms have several complementary colors to work with. Wedding colors may seem frivolous, but they are necessary when planning a wedding. Every element you choose throughout the planning process (from linens to florals to bridesmaids dresses) is available in literally dozens of colors, and without a clear direction, it can be difficult to make a decision. Showing your chosen color palette to your vendors will allow them to best help you create a cohesive wedding look.

How to choose a wedding color palette?

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Wedding color palettes work best when you have two main colors and two or three accent colors that tie them together. Accent colors are typically neutrals or different shades of the main colors and are used sparingly throughout your decor. Begin by deciding on what color you want to be the most present on your wedding day. Then, choose a sophisticated shade of that color. Once you have a main color chosen, the rest should fall into place.

How to create a wedding color palette?

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Wedding planning websites have no shortage of wedding color palette ideas to choose from. If you have a main color chosen for your wedding, search for a photo of what other brides have done when using that color within their wedding decor.

For a unique way to create a cohesive color palette, grab your partner and head to the hardware store. While the paint section of a hardware store may not seem romantic, there you’ll find endless booklets that feature on-trend color palettes. Find the one that speaks to you and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running. Just remember to grab enough free paint swatches in your chosen colors to give to your vendors at your initial meeting.

Looking for some wedding color palette inspiration?  Check out these articles:

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About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Stephanie & Bill, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

4 Things to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make throughout the wedding planning process. You spend a lot of time with your photographer on the most emotionally charged day of your life, which is why you want to ensure they are at the top of their game. After all, if something gets overlooked, you can’t just grab your gown and do the entire day over. Before deciding which photographer is right for you, be sure that you consider these 4 important things:

How Well Do You Get Along?

Having a wedding photographer that you get along with is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning. There’s no right answer when it comes to this question, as everyone’s preferences are different. Some couples want an energetic photographer who is going to constantly gush about their gorgeous wedding. Others want a photographer who fades into the background and captures captivating candids. Remember, this is completely subjective, so don’t feel bad about your preferences. You can start to consider this before you even sit down with your photographer for the first time. Consider how quickly they respond to your initial emails or how well you communicate over the phone or in your preliminary phone calls. Their website should also give you insight into their personality. After all, you want a photographer that is going to bring out the best in you.

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What is the Overall Value?

Keep in mind, there are many things that a photographer does that go above and beyond just photography. A good wedding photographer will meet with you, create a timeline of your wedding and work with your vendors behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly. They are going to ensure your wedding day is not only successfully captured in beautiful photographs, but also is as stress-free possible. Wedding planning often requires sticking to a budget. Be sure to not only consider what a photographer charges, but also the overall value of their services. A great photographer will give you more than just digital copies of your photos – they’ll provide you with albums and printed images that can be handed down through generations. Changes in technology happen seemingly overnight, but having printed images ensures that your wedding photos will truly last a lifetime.

Have You Seen Previous Examples of Their Work?

The best insight into how your wedding photos will look is to see past examples of your photographer’s work. Most will have portraits or albums on display at their studio so you can browse them at your initial meeting. Make sure to take the time to review a complete example of a wedding the photographer has shot from beginning to end. The internet has also made it easy to determine if a photographer’s style is going to work with your overall aesthetic, so be sure to browse both their website and Instagram ahead of time. While everyone’s style is different, be sure to communicate what is important to your photographer ahead of time. Being able to describe to them how you want your photos to look and feel will help him or her capture the perfect images on your big day. A good photographer will also capture a variety of images, however, if you want the focus to be on portraits instead of candids (or vice versa), don’t hesitate to bring that up in your initial meeting. Check out examples of our work at the bottom of our weddings page.

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What Happens After the Wedding?

Despite the months and months of planning, your wedding day will be over before you know it. Your wedding photos will serve as an eternal reminder of the beautiful moments that passed in what felt like the blink of an eye. It’s important to know what to expect after the wedding in regards to your photos. Some photography studios – including Stephanie Dupuis Photography – will host what is referred to as an Image Premier. This is an exciting event where you and your new husband or wife visit the studio and your wedding photos are revealed to you. This not only gives you an incredible excuse to relive the magic of your wedding day, it also allows you to get your photographer’s expert opinion on how to best display your breathtaking photos. While choosing a wedding photographer might be a daunting task, once you find one that you connect with everything will become much easier. Learn more about how our full-service studio will work with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding photos are nothing short of extraordinary.
Take a look at our Instagram for more examples of our work.


About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Stephanie & Bill, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

Bellevue Barn

If you are looking for a beautiful venue for your New Hampshire barn wedding, look no further than Bellevue Barn at Carlisle Place. This barn style venue perfectly combines rustic beauty with contemporary elegance, allowing for an on-trend setting that allows each couple’s love story to take center stage. Read on to learn more about what this gorgeous New Hampshire venue has to offer and how it can serve as the setting for your one-of-a-kind wedding day.

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Venue Overview

Currently in its fourth season, Bellevue Barn was constructed to specifically accommodate weddings and special events. This allows couples to enjoy all of the charm and appeal of a barn wedding in a rustic setting while also taking advantage of a luxurious, professional space that is focused only on providing every bride, groom, and guest who enters with an exceptional and unforgettable wedding experience. Bellevue Barn features spaces for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and seated dinner to take place. Inside the barn, a beautiful chandelier illuminates the simple, versatile elegance of the dinner and reception space. Outside, a patio space comes complete with a fire pit, making it the perfect place for guests to enjoy a classy cocktail hour on beautiful New England evenings.

As if that wasn’t enough, this barn style wedding venue overlooks some of the most breathtaking, natural scenery that the area has to offer. Located in the mountains, the grounds of Bellevue Barn are filled with apple trees that bloom to life in the spring and maintain their beauty until their leaves start to turn in the fall. With a ceremony site that overlooks the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, this remarkably pastoral setting is the perfect backdrop for not just an incredible wedding day, but also incredible wedding photos you will cherish forever.

A Guest Focused Experience

It’s clear that Bellevue Barn is committed to providing each couple with an experience that is singularly focused on providing them with a flexible and customized wedding day. Rebecca – the personal onsite coordinator – is present from the initial planning stages all the way until the wedding weekend has concluded, consistently acting as a resource throughout the wedding planning process as well as a day-of coordinator during the event itself. Rebecca and her team assist with the coordination process and take care of every aspect that could even potentially place stress on the bride and groom. Not only do they set up the tables, linens, and flatware to your specifications, they also perform all cleanup services, including taking down decor and providing you with all of your keepsake items conveniently packaged for retrieval the following day. The venue also performs only one wedding per weekend, ensuring that the focus never shifts off of your special day. Aside from a comprehensive experience that ensures every member of the wedding can focus purely on enjoyment, Rebecca truly builds relationships with each couple she has the pleasure of working with. Her personalized focus allows her to become close to each couple on an intimate level, allowing her to create a truly customized and stress-free experience that puts the couple’s comfort first at all times.

An Unforgettable Wedding Day

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If you are looking for a barn style wedding venue in the New Hampshire area, you simply can’t go wrong with Bellevue Barn at Carlisle Place. Exceptional service combines with beautiful landscapes to create the sophisticated, charming barn wedding you have been dreaming of. Contact the venue at http://www.bellevuebarnatcarlisleplace.net/home to learn more about how they can turn your dream wedding day into a reality.

Specifications

Capacity: The venue can accommodate up to 250 guests for seated dinners, although the venue has previously accommodated up to 300 guests for standing, cocktail style receptions.

Vendors: The venue does not have a required list of vendors. With that said, it does require the use of a professionally licensed caterer. A list of recommended vendors who have experience with working at the venue space is provided, however each couple is free to customize their experience and always has the option of selecting their own vendors.

Timing: Wedding packages include five and a half hours of rental time and can be extended if necessary. Most couples utilize approximately a half hour for the ceremony, an hour for cocktails, and four hours for the reception. With that said, how couples use the time is completely up to them and will be organized with the venue coordinator during the planning process.

Additional Services: The venue provides a complimentary shuttle service from the parking lot to the venue spaces. Packages: Bellevue Barn features packages that range from basic rental to all-inclusive wedding experiences, which cover staffing, linens, tables, ceremony coordination, valet service, and more. Please contact the venue for a specific quote dependent on your personal needs. Check out this wedding photographed at the Bellevue Barn.

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About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Stephanie & Bill, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

6 Unique Ways To Display Your Engagement Photos

Your engagement photos are often the very first of many professional photos that couples take together. They commemorate an incredibly exciting chapter in your journey as a couple and allow you to look back on the exciting time you spent together before you officially became husband and wife. Once your engagement photos are ready, however, it can be hard to know exactly what to do with them! Printed photographs carry so much more significance than digital copies. We always encourage our couples to display their images in a prominent and eye-catching way so that they can forever be reminded of how their lifelong love story began.

Signature Guest Book

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With your wedding on the horizon, there are plenty of fun and unique ways to display your engagement photos at your ceremony or reception. Creating a personalized Signature Guest Book is an exceptional option. These beautiful bound books feature your engagement photos alongside special blank spaces where wedding guests can sign their names and leave a sentimental note. Not only does it give guests a fun way to browse your breathtaking engagement photos, it provides you with a veritable scrapbook to enjoy after your wedding day is over. A Signature Guest Book features vivid, clear photographs, is printed with special fade-resistant Archival inks, and has an impressive binding that includes luxurious leather covers and high-quality paper. Your photographer can also use their trained eye to create a layout that displays your images in an engaging way for your guests to enjoy.

Gallery Wall

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A gallery wall is a fun way to show off a variety of photos in a unique and artistic way. Gallery walls are typically comprised of multiple frames and photographs that are arraigned to create an art gallery-inspired look within your own home. You can also choose canvas, acrylic, or metal photo display mediums for an updated take on a classic gallery wall.

Gallery walls provide an interesting and dynamic way to show off your engagement photos. Choose various poses and photo types to create a gorgeous, vibrant display. Or, add in photos of your family, friends, or important relationship milestones to truly celebrate the beauty of your love story. Ultimately, a gallery wall should tell a story through a series of cohesive images. If you are running short on inspiration, talk to your photographer or browse the internet for layout ideas.

Black & White

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Black and white photography has an exquisite, timeless look. Your photographer will choose which images from your engagement session will look the most elegant in this colorway. While the color of any photo can be edited, professional photographers are trained to know which photos will look best in black and white. Once you have black and white prints of your favorite photos, arrange them in a series above your bed or mantle for a contemporary display of how your love story began. The calming grey tones are soothing and make for a tranquil interior space within your home.

Canvases

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Canvases are an increasingly popular way to display your favorite photographs, as this medium adds dimension and depth to your images. The three-dimensional look and elegant finish of a canvas imparts a distinct beauty to your favorite shots. Not to mention, the absence of a frame allows the eye to focus on the image itself, rather than any surrounding distractions. For a contemporary way to display your images on canvas, print three of your favorite images on three equal-sized canvases and hang them in a series. Another captivating way to display your photos is by stretching a single photo over multiple canvases.

Large Images

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 If the space within your home allows, add an extra-large photo to your walls for a truly eye-catching photo display. If you choose to display one of your engagement photos in this breathtaking way, be sure to speak with a professional photographer and have him or her print and process the photo. Not only will a professional know how to accurately color grade and retouch your chosen image, he or she will also be able to properly prepare an image to print at your chosen size. When every tiny detail is on display, you especially want to put your print in the hands of a professional. Extra-large images are also susceptible to fading or sun damage when put on display. A professional photographer will be able to print your image on special, high-quality papers and use archival inks to ensure your beautiful engagement photo looks flawless for generations to come. In addition, a professional photographer can also ensure that you choose an appropriately sized print for you living space. Their special software allows you to see exactly how certain sized prints will look on your walls so that you can choose the size that will best compliment your home décor.

Special Mediums

Just like canvases changed the way people displayed images within their homes, so too do a whole new generation of special mediums. For a unique and modern way to show off your engagement photos, consider having them printed on metal or acrylic. These sleek, sophisticated surfaces allow your photos to truly come to life and ensure that everyone who enters your home will take a second look at your photo displays.

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Metal prints have a stylish, high-gloss look that makes for a striking and vivid display, especially in spaces with a contemporary, industrial design scheme. Acrylic prints are another refreshing and unique way to show off your engagement photos. They effortlessly enhance the look of every image and make the colors and textures come to life in a way that other mediums simply cannot. Want to be the first to know about up-and-coming photo display options? Talk to your photographer! Their experience in the industry means that they are the first to know about the newest products and techniques available. Did you know we believe so strongly in the value of print that we offer a lifetime warranty on all of our printed products? For example, if a canvas print gets damaged you can simply return what remains and we will replace it at no charge. Want to learn more about our warranty and our services?  We would love to get acquainted with you over the phone and learn more about your photography needs. Take a look at our Instagram for more engagement photo inspiration!


About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Stephanie & Bill, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

Common Misconceptions About Engagement Photographs

With everyone’s photos being shared all over social media, the pressure to take the perfect engagement photographs is at an all-time high. If you are worried about your upcoming engagement photography session, don’t be! There are plenty of misconceptions about getting engagement photos taken that can add to the stress, but nearly all of them are simply untrue. Calm your fears by learning the truth behind common misconceptions about engagement photos.

Misconception 1: Engagement Photography Must Happen Outdoors

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While many couples decide to take their engagement photos outside, it is definitely not a requirement. There are many beautiful indoor spaces that can provide a stylish and sophisticated backdrop for your shoot.

Historic buildings with breathtaking interiors have an undeniable visual impact. Sleek, modern spaces are also a great idea if you want your engagement photos to look classy and cutting edge. Some couples are even opting to have their engagement photos taken in the comfort of their own home, which can make for an incredibly romantic set of photos. Not only will you feel relaxed when having photos taken on your couch, this also allows your pets to join in on the fun.

Wherever you decide to have your engagement photos taken, just know that there is no “right” or “wrong” place to have them taken. Any place that makes you feel comfortable, beautiful, or has special significance to you as a couple is a perfect place to have them taken.

Misconception 2: Outdoor Photos Only Work In The Summer

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There is a breezy and carefree quality to photos taken outdoors. Something about the beautiful sky and incredible natural elements serves as a timeless backdrop for photos. With that said, warm weather is definitely not a requirement when it comes to taking outdoor engagement photos.

Photos taken in the fall or winter can look just as beautiful as summer engagement photos. Crisp fall temperatures make for glowing, golden photos when colorful autumn leaves are falling to the ground. A crisp winter snowfall also makes for charming, cozy engagement photos that will look eternally beautiful above your mantel.

Don’t worry about your photographer being cold – we are prepared to shoot in all kinds of weather conditions. Plus, we always appreciate when couples choose to stray from the norm and put their own twists on traditions.

Misconception 3: Our Outfits Need to Match

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What you wear in your engagement photos is incredibly important. It’s good to take time when it comes to picking your outfits to ensure that your looks have subtle, classic patterns or colors that don’t clash in the final photos. With that said, the idea that they need to perfectly match is definitely not true. In fact, wardrobe choices that look too “matchy-matchy” can make your engagement photos seem incredibly dated. Choose fabrics and colors that are in the same color family, and be sure that each of you chooses outfits that have the same amount of “dressiness.” As long as you do that, your photos will turn out perfectly.

Misconception 4: We Need to Come With Our Own Poses in Mind

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 Most people who get their engagement photos taken don’t have extensive experience in front of the camera. People also get nervous that they will have to come up with various poses to ensure their photos will turn out perfectly.

This is simply untrue. Any good photographer will work to ensure you and your beloved are comfortable in front of the camera and will provide you with plenty of poses that will result in a gorgeous and stunning finished product. Be aware – some of these poses may seem awkward or silly at the time, but trust that your photographer knows what they are doing.

Another thing that a professional photographer will help you with is looking natural in front of the camera. While traditional, posed photos are great, perfectly captured candids of you laughing at each other’s jokes or giving subtle, loving looks make for the most memorable images. Those moments can’t be faked, and are incredibly touching. Your photographer is trained to spot these beautiful moments and allow you to relive them forever. All you need to do is relax and let the magic happen.

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About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Stephanie & Bill, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

How to Display Photos in Your Home

Getting gorgeous photos taken of your wedding, your newborn, your senior, or your family is easy – after all, you have some great subjects to work with! The tricky part often comes after you get your edited photos back from your photographer. You suddenly have an entire digital album filled with beautiful images to display…but you’re left wondering “what’s next?”

We’re firm believers that physical prints are the absolute best way to appreciate the stunning beauty of your professionally-captured images. Now, you just need to decide how to display them. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of breathtaking ways to display your photos in your home so that you can create a warm, loving atmosphere decorated with images of your favorite people. Of course, we are happy to help you create this incredible displays – just ask!

Gallery Wall

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Gallery Walls have been a popular way to display photos for a long time – and it’s safe to say this classic option isn’t going out of style any time soon. Perfect for large walls that would otherwise remain empty, gallery walls let you show off all of your favorite pictures in an artistically inspired way. The best part is that you can keep adding photos as time goes on. From wedding photos to newborn photos to photos of your growing family – adding to your gallery wall allows you to put the beautiful story of your life on display for all to see. 

Photo Ledge

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Photo ledges are a chic, striking way to put multiple pictures on display in your home. To create one of these gorgeous galleries, start by selecting ledges in a material that matches your existing home décor. Then, find a variety of frames in multiple shapes and sizes – just be sure to keep the color of the frames consistent for a more cohesive look. One long ledge will add visual impact to any large, empty wall in your home. If you have a slightly smaller wall to work with, consider placing two or three smaller ledges to cover it from floor to ceiling.

Staircase Showcase

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Staircases are a dramatic architectural element in any home – make this area even more impressive by adding your favorite framed photos. A series of images in various sizes on the wall of your staircase is a classic way to add visual interest to this often under-utilized area. Or, mirror the angle of your staircase by putting hanging frames in a dramatic diagonal display. Either way, your photos will make your staircase even more spectacular.

Play With Sizes

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A new trend for 2020 is pairing both small and large photos together in a repetitive linear display. The striking look of the overlapping frames is chic, contemporary, and perfectly aligns with this decade’s bold design trends. This type of display is ideal for above the headboard in a master bedroom or in a hallway that could use a modern touch.

Symmetrically Styled

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For a photo display with subtle visual impact, consider creating a smaller symmetrical arrangement. Start with a large photo in the center and place gradually smaller frames on each side. The tapered look is definitely eye-catching, but its more subtle appearance makes it perfect for a variety of different areas in your home.

Modern Noticeboard

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If you want to display your photos in an office but don’t have room on your desk for multiple frames, a modern noticeboard is the way to go. An updated take on a classic corkboard, they allow you to add photos and other items in a fresh way. Wire framed boards are beautifully minimalistic and allow you to add your personal touch to even the most basic office setting.

Hanging Display

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Hanging displays are a cute, casual way to put your favorite photos out for all to see. Usually, these displays include some kind of “clothespin” style clips so you can hang them in any order or manner you wish. If you are frequently getting photos taken of your family – or want to swap them out often for more seasonally appropriate images – this will be a charming addition to your interior décor.

Antique Finish

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If your home already has a rustic chic design scheme, creating a photo display out of antique materials is a wonderful idea. Although it takes a bit of creativity, there are plenty of different ways to DIY refurbished materials into modern picture frames. Scour your local thrift store or antique shop for old doors, multi-pane windows, or even large pieces of barn board. Then, visit the craft shop to find hardware that will turn these pieces into a work of art. Printing your pictures in a sepia or black and white further enhances the old-fashioned aesthetic.

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About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Stephanie & Bill, New England photographers based in Northern NH. As one of New Hampshire’s premier photographers we offer clients modern, beautifully styled portrait sessions.
We will work with you to help you find the perfect location for your family photos. We will also help with wardrobe selection and posing to insure your photos are beautiful heirlooms that you will treasure.