Weddings by Carue: “Brides need a photographer with…”
Today, our Vendor Spotlight category has a special guest: Carissa. Carissa is the owner of Weddings by Carue, providing lots of important wedding-related services that she will mention in today’s interview. However, we decided to focus on that one service that provides the most valuable memory of all: wedding photography!
Question: Many thanks for agreeing to do this interview with us. First of all, please let our brides know what are the duties of a wedding photographer and what you, as a wedding photographer yourself, can do for a bride.
Answer: Weddings By Carue will be with you every step of the way from announcing your engagement to writing Thank You notes. We offer a diverse selection of wedding stationary, photography, personalized favors and wedding planning.
Q: What made choose this career path?
A: The rewarding feeling of capturing the memories that are so special to each couple. Nothing better than watching two people in love and then making those emotions available to them for years to come.
Q: How long have you been in the business?
A: Carue has been around for 6 years. Carissa Kruse, owner started Weddings By Carue to be a simplified solution for brides allowing them to use one vendor for multiple services and bringing their wedding look through all aspects of their wedding. Robyn Rassmussen is the lead photographer for Weddings By Carue. She has a passion for photography that shines through in all of her work.
Q: What is you biggest challenge as a wedding photographer?
A: For me, it’s learning to not get carried away with looking through the images that I spent all day taking. There have been nights, when after photographing for 10 hours that I have stayed up until midnight looking through all of the day’s images.
Q: How many times do you meet with the couple before the actual event?
A.I always meet with the couple a minimum of 3 times before the wedding. The first and most crucial meeting is the consultation where we learn how our personalities mesh as client and service provider. Secondly we meet for engagement session which shows us how we work together with the lens between us. And third, the final meeting, usually during the rehearsal to make sure we have all details fine tuned to get set for the big day.
Q; Have you ever dealt with what everyone calls a “bridezilla”? How did that turn out for you?
A: Bridezilla is only a matter of opinion. For me, the bride deserves to feel special and “in charge” it is not my job to compete with that frame of mind.
Q: How do you convince brides they need you as their wedding photographer?
A: It’s not about convincing. It’s about talking with the bride and feeling that immediate connection. I’m not about to convince anyone who is not the right fit, it’s much like picking a spouse. You create a meaningful relationship and the results flow from that.
Q: And what exactly do you do on the wedding day?
A: The wedding day is “game day” for me. I wake up with NOTHING else on the agenda. A cup of coffee and a light breakfast and it’s off to the event. Everything is triple checked off my list of things to bring and ready to go. Backup of everything in place. Even partial day coverage, I do not click the shutter until first glance of the bride. Upon arrival it’s non-stop. I shoot from every angle possible and run to point of exhaustion. I rarely remember a wedding where I sat down even for 5 minutes.
Q: What have you found from your own experience, what freaks out brides the most when it comes to planning their own wedding?
A: Fear of the unknown. If we let our minds wander we can always think of the worst case scenario. What I remind brides and I live by is that “everything happens for a reason”. With this mindset we can see the humor in disaster and joy in perfection.
Q: Describe an emotional moment that you had while being hired to work at a wedding.
A: I call it my “goosebumps moment” and I get it at Every. Single. Wedding. The moment of the day when you can see all else in the room fading away and the shear emotion and joy of the couple takes over. This is usually during the first dance or first kiss, you can clearly see that they are investing in loving each other for the long haul and that this is the day for celebrating that. A totally overwhelming moment.
Q: What should brides look for in a wedding photographer?
A: “One Vision”. Yes, vision of how the day is going to look, feel, and be. If her and I are not on the same page then there will be a disconnect. We have to have a connection through the camera. When we work together to make sure that will happen there is success every time. There are always surprises both good and bad and being realistic about that is what strengthens the bond of bride, groom and photographer.
Q: I know that you also offer some other wedding-related services. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
A: Wedding stationary
Weddings by Carue, will work closely with you from start to finish creating an amazing design that you will capture the essence for your imagination and idea.
Our approach to the selection of wedding invitations and stationery is to help the bride with selections that not only capture your style, but also your imagination. At Weddings by Carue our wedding invitation consultants add that special touch to your wedding or special occasion by offering the finest invitations, stationery, announcements, calligraphy, maps, programs, menu cards, escort cards and more. Often, we design a monogram that can be replicated on your guest book, the wedding cake or even on the dance floor!
We personalize gifts for the bride and groom, the bridal party, bachelor or bachelorette parties and for guest favors at your wedding. We personalize with embroidery, screen printing, rhinestones and etching.
As your wedding planner, it’s our job to take care of the details so you don’t have to. We do more than make your day look pretty. We save you a great deal of time, effort (stress), and money. When you work with Weddings By Carue, you’ll benefit from our expertise, resources, and experience. We know how to manage the complex details that make up your day.
Q: One last piece of advice for our readers?
A: Let it happen. Often times we get caught up in choosing “just the right” person. Looking back on meeting your spouse it was most likely a process. It wasn’t based on one sole factor and neither should choosing a photographer. If we focus on style, price or logistics it can taint a beautiful opportunity that may require compromise on both ends. There are no two weddings exactly alike and so therefore there is no specific “transaction” that can be described. Falling in love is what it’s all about. 😉