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Beck Diefenbach Wedding Photojournalist

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Beck Diefenbach Wedding Photojournalist has a eye for natural light and captures images that tell a story. His photography is lovely in its candidness and clarity, without any manipulation of images. We are delighted to share some of his work with all of you this morning!



Every good story deserves to be told, and it is my mission to retell your story in compelling images you can enjoy for the rest of your life. With a true documentary approach, I believe in a non-intrusive method of reportage. Candid, personal exchanges are the best way to tell your story. From setting up and preparing for the day to the last dance that night, I want to capture those moments.

I am a San Francisco, Calif., native and a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, I was honored to receive an Award of Excellence in the 68th annual Pictures of the Year International photo contest for my editorial work. When I am not photographing weddings or editorial assignments in the beautiful Bay Area, I am either restoring my 1974 BMW, fulfilling my duties as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 14 or lounging on the couch with my fantastic girlfriend, Sarah.

For all you brides in the San Francisco Bay area, Beck Diefenbach Wedding Photojournalist is offering $100 off an engagement session in San Francisco when you mention Ruffled.

Wedding Contracts and Tips by Katy Carrier

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You’ve poured over hours, days and weeks drooling on invitation design after invitation design, ooh and ahh-ed over hundreds of wedding photos from your favorite photographers. Then it’s time to make decisions and start booking your dream team! Many pros – if not all – will send you a contract to get the ball rolling on reserving a date for your wedding. These contracts are designed to protect both you and them, making sure everyone is on the same page with the what ifs so you can kick back and rest assured you’re in great hands. So we invited Katy Carrier of Carrier & Associates law firm, a fab attorney in this industry, to join us today to highlight and explain the main clauses in a contract. I will let her take it from here:


Photo by Andria Lindquist from this gorgeous Idaho wedding

Here are some tips and insight to help you successfully navigate the contractual component of booking your wedding vendors:

Get everything in writing. This may seem obvious, but it’s an important mantra to focus on throughout the wedding planning process. Wedding vendors may discuss the various aspects of their services and goods with you in person, on the phone or via email, but the actual verbiage of your written contract is what will control the contractual rights and obligations between you and the wedding vendor. For example, a florist may state during your initial consultation that your bridal bouquet will contain white peonies and other white blooms, but then draft a contract that says you will receive a bouquet of assorted white blooms. When peonies turn out to be unavailable for your July wedding, the florist’s verbal promise to provide peonies would be trumped by the vague written terms of the contract. If the florist tells you that peonies may be available, but if not, they will be substituted with garden roses, your contract language should state such, especially if the florist promises you some sort of refund if the less expensive garden roses are used in place of the peonies. Should you decide to add or substitute services or goods after you’ve signed the initial contract with a vendor, you should always get those changes in writing and ideally have them signed by both you and the vendor. This includes changes like substituting meal selections, or adding on additional hours of photography or videography for your wedding day.

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Photo by Sweet Little Photographs. Flowers by Daniel Vaughn from this Pennsylvania wedding

Non-refundable deposits and retainers. A sense of urgency can overtake you almost immediately after you get engaged, pushing you should book your wedding vendors as quickly as possible. However, before making any booking decisions you should be sure that you have a very clear understanding of each vendor’s policy regarding deposits and retainers. They are generally non- refundable beginning at the moment you sign the contract, even if you decided only a month later to go with another vendor, or to get married in Las Vegas instead of your hometown, or to reschedule the date of your wedding. This may seem unfair, but your initial payment of a deposit or retainer is in exchange for that vendor’s promise to hold open their availability for your wedding on that specific date since they have a limited amount of availability and may turn away other work as a result.

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Photo by Geneoh Photography from this sweet Colorado wedding

Copyright ownership. Contracts with wedding vendors from certain categories, such as photography, videography and stationery, will likely address the issue of copyright ownership. Copyright is a legal concept that gives the creator of creative works certain rights of ownership. Your payment to that vendor does not generally transfer copyright ownership to you. Rather, your payment grants you a license to use the copyrighted materials in a certain way. For instance, a photographer may specify that you can use the images for personal use only, or for publication in the wedding announcements section of a newspaper, but that you cannot sell or publish the images without the permission of the photographer. Or an invitation designer may create a custom logo or design motif for your invitations, but unless you have permission from the invitation designer, you cannot scan that logo or design and use it on other paper goods for your wedding that you create yourself, like ceremony programs or place cards. These types of restrictions are common and you will want to be sure that you understand exactly what is permitted by your vendors in order to avoid committing copyright infringement.

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Photo by Bryan & Mae from this Michigan wedding

While it may feel like you’re reading a foreign language at first blush, don’t let your wedding vendor contracts overwhelm or intimidate you. They are intended to protect both you and the vendor, and there is nothing wrong with asking a vendor to explain the terms and conditions of their contract to you. The ideal wedding vendors will take the time to make sure you understand the contracts you’re signing and help you feel comfortable and confident in your wedding vendor selections.

A huge thank you to Katy from Carrier & Associates for stopping by!

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Home Sweet Flowers

Home Sweet Flowers is flowery hearted; there is no doubt that in every creation that is made the recipe consists of love & intuition. Flowers are not merely “pretty”, we believe each stem has the inevitable ability to enhance ones mood, daily life, & wedding day.

HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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Weddington Way

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Our bridesmaid dress round-up continues, with this segment brought to you by our trusted planning tool Weddington Way. It’s the one stop shop for all of your bridesmaids’ dresses and the cure for all of your bridesmaid attire woes. If you’re going for the beloved mismatched look, their website is especially handy. With a collection of hundreds of beautiful dresses from top bridal designers and in over 60 colors, the options are essentially limitless. Their site allows you to have a group shopping experience with your girls, even if your best-ladies span the globe. You can send them your top dress suggestions, get feedback from them, and track where your bridesmaids are at in the ordering/purchasing process, all through the user-friendly site. We pulled a few of our favorite dresses for our blue and purple boards:

If you are wary of ordering dresses online and are looking for a more tactile experience, but still want access to their hundreds of options, Weddington Way just launched a new sample dress program which allows you to see, touch, and try on all your top picks in your own home, before making the purchase! For brides and bridesmaids in the San Francisco Area, they also just opened an appointment-only showroom where you can view and try on dresses in person.

Weddington Way is currently running a giveaway contest through March 31st. One lucky bride will win up to $800 towards bridesmaids dresses for her bridal party! To enter, simply visit their contest page and sign-up for an account to be automatically entered in the running. They will select one winner at the end of March!

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Corkey Creations

Corkey Creations offers the largest selection of wine cork place card holders, including personalized and custom printing. We also offer whole corks for save the dates, guest book corks, magnets and key-chains and vinyl wine bottle decor for table numbers and/or centerpiece decorations.

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