We all know that your wedding photography is a key part of planning your event. After all, the wedding photos are one of the few things that will be around after the last piece of cake is eaten and your guests have gone home. Here Comes The Guide brings you ideas and advice, along with lots of choices of carefully screened wedding photographers.

Hiring Professionals Pays Off

Yes, you will save money by hiring the cheapest vendors you can find or doing things yourself. But the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” really comes into play here. Skimp on services and you could end up paying a big price anyway. More info on saving yourself some headaches.

Lake Tahoe Real Wedding

Francesca and JustinFrancesca and Justin first met at six a.m. at an aquatic center where Justin was a Masters Swim Team coach and Francesca a new swimmer in his class. Francesca felt attracted, but was occupied with studying for her medical exams. Still, they saw each other frequently at Starbucks where she studied and he would “breeze in for tea.

38 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

Questions to Ask Your Wedding PhotographerHow do you know which photographer is right for you? Whether you’re considering any of our Certified By The Guide wedding photographers or another professional, you need to do your homework.

Wedding Photography Style Glossary

Scott Nelson, Wedding PhotojournalistThough there are no standard “dictionary definitions” of photographic styles, it’s still a good idea to have an understanding of the following approaches before you interview photographers:

3 Tips for Getting Wedding Photos You Can Be Proud Of

3 Tips for Getting Wedding Photos You Can Be Proud Of posted by Kathy

As a wedding planner for umpteen years, I’ve learned that there’s no substitute for doing your homework. Follow these three steps before your wedding photo shoot, and you’ll increase your chances of getting the quality images you dream about.

What Everyone Should Know About Hiring A Wedding Photographer

What Everyone Should Know About Hiring A Wedding Photographer posted by Kathy

When hiring a photographer for your wedding, remember that this is a business decision. The event professionals you talk to fully expect you to do your diligence. Besides, if they act offended, they aren’t really professional, right?

Picture It

Picture It posted by Kathy

Seriously now: How many times can you get virtually all your loved ones in one place, all dressed up and looking their best?

Wedding Photo Booths

Wedding Photo Booths posted by Denise

Whether it’s a classic photo booth or the newer “booth with out a booth” style, this is a great way to entertain your guests—-plus you get amazing candid shots of your friends and family.

Raspberry, Plum, Cocoa

Raspberry, Plum, Cocoa posted by Denise

It really is a fruity kind of year. Hues of raspberry, plum, deep strawberry seem to surface every week. This beautiful wedding, photographed by the talented Jennifer Skog, is no different. Our gorgeous bride (and I mean gorgeous) took my breath away. Her eyes are just stunning. Her dress fabulous. The décor lush. It’s my kind of wedding. It’s my kind of year. See for yourself.

A Certified Star

A Certified Star posted by Lisa

Wedding photographer Lauren Cohn-Frankel has had quite a summer. In addition to being officially Certified By The Guide, she’s recently been nominated for SF Chronicle’s Best of the Bay and had her gorgeous photos featured on East Bay Express’ Wedding Wednesdays, KRON 4’s gay marriage special, HBO Family, and Today’s Bride. Busy girl!

Real Wine Country Wedding: Lucy & Ross

Real Wine Country Wedding: Lucy & Ross posted by Denise

I coordinated a wedding at Viansa Sonoma in May 2008 for my friends Lucy & Ross McClennan that turned out to be a really gorgeous event. I think the photos (by the super-talented Catherine Hall of Catherine Hall Studios) say it all. Click here to view their slideshow and be inspired.

Creative Wedding Guest Books at SoCo Depot

Creative Wedding Guest Books at SoCo Depot posted by Lisa

Rosemarie Lion is moving to a workspace that’s almost as cool as her photography. SoCo Depot, an old train depot in Sonoma County, is now a shared workspace for creative individuals. With that kind of billing, we can’t think of a better place for Rosemarie’s inspired work.