Guest Etiquette

from Cassandra

You receive your invitation to your dear friend’s wedding—great! Most people will think that wedding etiquette only pertains to those in the wedding party or the bride and groom. Well, that is not the case. Your wedding etiquette starts from the moment you receive this invite.  …


Wedding-Tip Wednesday: Choosing a Photographer

from Cassandra

Let’s start with photography. I find that most people I speak with aren’t looking to splurge when it comes to photography for their wedding day. However, choosing the right photographer will impact the entire experience of your wedding day. Having a background in wedding photography, I understand the importance of a skilled photographer. Your photographer will be there from the time you put on your dress until your final send off.

When looking at your budget, I always …


Talk about a great ending to your guestbook!

from Cassandra

My first couple of October had their longtime friend and wedding photographer snap a picture of their entire “wedding party.” After exiting their ceremony but before heading into the Lodge to enjoy cocktail hour, all the wedding guests gathered around the couple for this group photo.

I can’t help but think this would be the perfect ending to a wedding album—and also a perfect photo opportunity for a coordinator to keep a memory of her first October wedding …


Move Over Hashtags—Get Your Own Wedding Snapchat Geofilters

snaptchat filterfrom Elizabeth

Hashtags have been extremely popular over the last couple years, but now you can step up your social media game for the big day even more! Last year, Snapchat launched customized geofilters, and they are starting to get noticed by the wedding industry.

Snapchat describes its geofilters as “special overlays that communicate the ‘where and when’ of a Snap in a fun way, whether you’re sending it to a friend or adding it to your Story.”

Brides magazine …


Instagram Takeover!

photo credit: melissa arlena photography

photo credit: melissa arlena photography

Local photographer Melissa Arlena, one of our preferred vendors, is taking over Stevenson Ridge’s Instagram account starting on Monday, February 20th for entire week. See her amazing photographs and get some advice about your wedding day from a professional photographer.

Melissa has been shooting weddings at Stevenson Ridge since 2012, so she’s very familiar with the venue. We’ve noticed that couples really enjoy working with her, which puts them more at ease on a …





Meet Castle

from Elizabeth

At Stevenson Ridge, we’ve been waiting for that tall, dark stallion to walk the grounds. No, I don’t mean a man but a horse!

Since we’ve been open, we’ve had multiple brides ask about bringing their horse onsite, but when it came to the wedding day, a horse wasn’t on the invite list. Finally, one of our May brides, Ashley, was able to bring her horse to Stevenson Ridge and take some amazing pictures with her. However, it …


Tips on Late-Fall Wedding Photography

Photo courtesy

Photo courtesy

from Bettina

You’ve planned the perfect late fall wedding, so what does Daylight Savings Time ending have to do with your wedding? Quite a lot, actually!

At a recent wedding, I was chatting with one of the photographers about the time change and how couples often forget to consider the impact of Daylight Savings Time as they plan their big day. Here are some facts and difficulties that they shared with me:

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