Show and Tell With Wedding Planner

Using Pinterest to share your ideas with your vendors, bridal posse and wedding planner in Boise is a great idea. According to BRIDES more than half of the brides they surveyed in 2014 created boards to communicate their wedding day wishes with those charged with making them come true. It really helps your wedding photographer, caterer, venue manager and others to see examples of what you have in mind. But before you start pinning everything from save-the-date cards to your honeymoon wardrobe, here are a few things to keep in mind:

6 Tips For Pinning Your Wedding Ideas

Allow advisors access

Create a secret board to keep your clever ideas under wraps as you build out your theme. You can invite those closest to you (who share your vision) to also pin photos to keep your creative engine humming without letting the cat out of the bag.

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Make multiple boards

Your photographer may enjoy looking at shots of cakes and flowers, but it will save time when meeting with your vendors if you categorize your pins to their area of responsibility.

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Customize captions

Change the captions in your pins describing what feature led you to add it to your board. With all the choices you have ahead, taking time to personalize your caption will save you from relying on your memory when you show your board to your wedding planner later.

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Keep it real

Staged wedding concepts on Pinterest often feature one-of-a-kind or extravagant items you may not be able to find in Boise. What’s available within your budget may not look exactly like what you pinned, but it can still give your crew an idea of what you want to accomplish.

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Let there be light

Especially when collecting photography examples, keep the time of your events and the setting in mind. Photos taken inside a huge venue or in evening light outside will look different than those shot at different times and places. Discuss with your photographer what light will be available for your occasion and how that will affect color and intensity in your shots.

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Call it good

Once you’ve arrived at the look and feel for your wedding, stop looking and start doing. Add your own flair and style. You may start a new trend that wedding planners in Boise will be pinning themselves!

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Ste. Chapelle Winery Wedding Venue Review

Ste. Chapelle Winery

Wedding and Reception Venue

Wedding photographers enjoy working outdoors. Especially from the cool shade in beautiful surroundings on a hot summer day. If you are looking for an outdoor wedding venue just a short distance from Boise, Ste. Chapelle Winery might work for you. Ste. Chapelle Winery is located just west of Nampa. If the weather doesn’t cooperate they also have a banquet room located upstairs in their retail shop. The banquet room can accommodate up to 100 people and the outdoor park up to 600. The price range is $1,000 – $3,000 and you can view more information about the wedding venue here.

Huge shade trees keep the dinner guests out of the hot sun. A late afternoon wedding will allow for amazing evening photos. Bride and groom sunset wedding portraits at the winery are gorgeous. Great views of the valley below and nighttime dancing in the gazebo too. The lighting on Ste. Chapelle’s wine tasting house also makes a nice night background.


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Wild Heart Springs

Popular Wedding Venues for Boise Brides and Photographers: Wild Heart Springs

Wedding photographers in Boise are always excited going to a new venue.  Although Wild Heart Springs has been around for a couple years this is my first year I had the opportunity to really get to know the place as a wedding photographer.   I have to admit the first time I drove out to meet the bridal party at Wild Heart Springs it was an adventure.  Be sure to have your GPS and follow it even when it looks like you are going into a private farmers road.  A few turns and even more miles later….you have reached the oasis.

You can see the open fields, the river, and mature shade trees (my favorite).  We were able to get close to the river for bride and groom photos. The bridge was a nice touch, it goes to a great optional outdoor ceremony area. Chelsey and Drew chose an intimate candlelight ceremony in the huge reception, dinner, dance building. The lighthouse chapel was used for their first look, shared by all their family and wedding party filling the pews. They both pulled the bell tower ropes announcing their wedding, while family played lawn games in the grass.

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Alpine Ponds

Popular Wedding Venues for Boise Photographers and Brides: Alpine Ponds

Wedding venues are often promoting themselves with free special events.  Many of these events ask photographers in Boise to help promote their wedding venue.  Kevin Roberts Photography was privileged to be asked by Alpine Ponds to participate in their 2014 Spring Mock Wedding.  Alpine Ponds offers packages starting at $1,000 and has accommodations for 100 – 250 people.

Sofiya and Chris’s wedding showcases many of Alpine ponds’ areas.  The guys look tough in the nice wooded areas. The ceremony takes advantage of the beautiful gazebo and large lawn for seated guests and aisle decorations. There is a bridge for creative photos plus secluded romantic areas for the bride and groom to be alone. Hanging bird cages and elegant table settings really transforms this venue. There is plenty of space for several food tables and dessert tables. In the evening the tented dance floor rimmed with a multi-colored light show turns the reception into a party.

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BanBury Golf Course

Popular Wedding Venues for Boise Brides and Photographers: BanBury Golf Course

Wedding ceremony and reception at BanBury, in Eagle Idaho, can accommodate up to 350 guests.  When you rent the venue they allow you full access to the clubhouse for four hours.  It’s a full package deal at BanBury.  Pricing includes tables, chairs, tables, linens, dishes, glassware, silverware, set-up and clean-up.

Over the past years I have photographed many weddings at this Eagle wedding venue.  From the clubhouse there is a great view of the lake.  If you have an evening and the weather is cooperative on your special day it makes for wonderful sunset photos.  A covered patio provides cool shade for your guests and is a great reception area for the toasting and head table.  BanBury also offers a dance floor inside the clubhouse where your DJ will have plenty of space for his speakers and room for dancing.   Be aware if your wedding should go over the four hour (start of ceremony is start of your four hours) you will be charged an extra $100.

Here are a few of Kevin Roberts Photography’s fun shots taken at BanBury.  In early summer the lake offers a wonderful backdrop for bride and groom, wedding party, and individual portraits.

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The Club at SpurWing

Popular Wedding Venues for Boise Brides and Photographers: The Club at SpurWing

The Club at SpurWing is another one of my personal favorite wedding event locations. SpurWing is a local Meridian golf course and clubhouse for hosting wedding events. It has a beautiful scenic backdrop for bride, groom, and wedding party photos. There is a stream and overlook along the course that are great spots to stop your golf cart for a photo shoot.

We usually start the day in the spacious bridal “getting ready” area, big enough for all your friends and lots of mirrors. Moving to the shaded entry area for bridal portraits we make good use of the wooden benches. The ceremony is usually held on the large patio.  There is plenty of shade for a hot summer wedding. The photo below also shows all the available space for guests. After being served dinner, the wedding party ends the day on the dance floor. The newlyweds for one of my weddings used the dance floor to show off their special wedding day cowboy boots!

Catering is provided in wedding packages offered to couples. The terrace can accommodate 250 guests and the Grand ballroom can accommodate up to 350.  View more details about wedding packages for The Club at SpurWing  here.

If you are interested in viewing more photo’s for The Club at SpurWing contact Kevin Roberts Photography.

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Still Water Hollow

Most popular 10 Venues for Wedding Photographers in Boise and surrounding areas

For the next several blogs I will be featuring my list of the most popular wedding venues in the surrounding area of Boise.  Having worked with wedding venues the past 20+ years my expertise and opinions are formed by the personality of the venue owner, the locations features such as landscaping, building, and anything that will create the wow factor in my client’s wedding photography.

Today we are featuring Still Water Hollow.  This is a fairly new re-opened venue, but reading on their website calendar, it is in high demand here in the Treasure Valley.  This spring was the first time I personally had experience with this venue under the new ownership, and I am booked to be there several more times this season.

Lisa and Steve invited us out to photograph their wedding in the heart of Nampa farm country, Still Water Hollow, a short fast drive from Boise.

The happy couple’s wedding party really turned up the fun on the big barn’s balcony, especially the groomsmen horsing around for me, the wedding photographer. The guys had the old mine with ore cars, pick axes, and a covered wagon to have fun with. These photos fit Steve’s personality, the happiest groom I have ever met. Still Water Hollow’s little white chapel gave an elegant touch for their first encounter photos and ceremony. Steve and Lisa’s wedding photography settings went from rustic western barn shots to romantic bridge and large pond backgrounds. This venue has a clear wide view of the horizon perfect for nice sunset wedding photography.

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Eagle Idaho Barn

Boise Wedding Photographer Kevin Roberts PhotographyThis June, Hayden and Chad held their wedding at his dad’s ranch in Eagle Idaho, a short drive from Boise. The day was perfect and the big barn was an awesome backdrop for outdoor portraits. Kevin Roberts Photography Boise IdahoHayden and Chad sat back to back, playing the shoe game. The DJ asks personal questions, the answer is either bride or groom, they raise the appropriate shoe to vote. Hilarious. The barn was a perfect reception area, hay bales for chairs, great lights, cement floor and no funky smells. It was the cleanest barn I have ever been in.Boise Wedding Kevin Roberts Photography

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Rain rain go away, come back on someone else’s wedding day ….

boise wedding photographer kevin robertsDo you have backup photo plans for rainy weather?  Boise wedding photographers deal with the weather all wedding season.  Just the other weekend I was scheduled to do a wedding photo shoot with a couple at Lakeview Park in Nampa.  The ceremony was to be held at MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) Chapel.  The rain continued to pour all day long. Kimmy and Antony needed a quiet dry place for photos, the hanger was the only option!  What’s the old saying when you get lemons make lemonade.  They are a unique wedding couple and they have one of a kind wedding portraits to prove it.


Before the I Do or After

The Big Question. Wedding photos before the ceremony or after?  This is an important question to ask your experienced photographer.  Having done hundreds of weddings in my career I have worked with many clients who choose to do bride and groom photos after the ceremony. This can work, given enough time, and if they know what to expect.

Two of the most common scenarios I handle with weddings are the bride and groom waiting for their photos after the ceremony; or choosing to do their photos before. I never want to squash their dreams of seeing each other for the first time, that day, eyes locking as she walks down the aisle. So my job is to prepare them for what that entails. Instead of a lot of bride and groom photos, it means more solo shots, more having fun with your attendants, and depending on time, a handful of bride plus groom images.

Scenario 1 Bride and Groom Portraits After the Ceremony:  The bride decides she doesn’t want the groom to see her before the wedding.  We can still try to sneak in some of the wedding party shots while keeping the bride and groom hidden from each other. Family photos take place directly after the ceremony, then wedding party, and then whatever time is left is dedicated to the happy couple. Usually while the guests are waiting at the reception.  It never fails, a family member runs up alerting the couple their guests are leaving, and hurries them into the reception.

Scenario 2 Wedding Day Portraits Before the Ceremony:  The bride and groom decide to take as many photos as possible before the ceremony.  If everyone arrives on time, I am able to set up first look photos with the bride and groom, capturing an intimate moment they will always cherish.  We will now have plenty of time to do several styles of photography, including the fun when we add in the bridesmaids and the groomsmen.  If there are special request photos, there will be plenty of time to photography these.  The reception is enjoyable for the couple and the guests.  The cake, garter and bouquet toss, and first dance photos are taken with plenty of time to capture more photos of mingling with the guests.

It’s all up to the bride and groom.  I guess the real question to ask how long do you want your guests to wait and is less couple images a good trade for more attendant photos.

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