images of the love you share & each step towards togetherness
I’m hopeful to be a part of your day so I can create images as you see your groom for the very first time, or as a bite of wedding cake is delivered on a fork from the one you adore. And my wish is that your cheeks are just a little tired and sore from all the laughing and smiling as you slide into your getaway car at the end of a sublime day. I’m grateful, deeply grateful, to be considered for the documentation of your wedding. May this season before ‘the day’ be one of happiness and fully alive with the joy that you are getting married.
I don’t – you might be used to seeing packages where the service of photography is bundled with prints/albums and the time is set to 6-8-10 hours. I tie the length of time I’ll be at your wedding to two events (although extra coverage can be added)…when you’re getting dressed and then the first dance/cake cutting (whichever comes last). That way, I know the most beautiful part of the day is covered for every client and they aren’t trying to stuff their day into a prescribed amount of time…it can unfold naturally. By separating products from services, it allows us to create a custom fit based on exactly what you’d like with nothing purchased unnecessarily.
A letter of agreement & $1500 retainer that applies towards the coverage fee. Often, I’ll set up a phone appt so I can get to know more about what you’re looking for and find out about your wedding day. When it’s decided that I’m the one you’d like, just send the agreement/retainer online (link coming shortly!) – we’ll get it the moment you hit send and confirm it’s receipt!
We don’t have a minimum order or specific timeline except to ask that you make the majority of your purchases within 2 years (it’s not uncommon for brides and grooms to do a wedding album as a first anniversary gift because that year is traditionally paper). The average couple spends $500-2500 in addition to the coverage fee.
As early as you like – we recommend having it at least 3 months before you’ll need images so we have adequate time to proof them, for you to decide on your order and then for us to deliver anything you’d like.
Oh my goodness, I'm gushing and crying and smiling all at once. The photos are amazing. They capture the weekend even more beautifully than I could remember it. Thank you. Thank you for zeroing in on all the most important thing in our life - family. You beautifully captured the love, the happiness, and the intensity of all of our emotions at every stage. I'm just in awe of what you have created for all of us.
Where do I even begin?! Thank you so much for all you did on my wedding day - You are always supportive, helpful, patient, kind and you continuously used each of these qualities, throughout the day, to ensure the success of our wedding. I cannot tell you enough how wonderful it was to have you by my side that day. You helped out with anything and everything when I needed help, and kept everything positive, as it should be on a wedding day. I truly cannot imagine the day without you there. It meant to have your love and support (and not to mention your amazing talent!) at our wedding.
With much love and gratitude,
Words cannot fully express how grateful Andrew and I are to you and your adorable staff! Everything you did for our engagement photos, our big day & our spirits was more than perfect. You have this complete happiness & comfort about you that makes everyone forget they’re even taking pictures. You were able to truly capture ‘us’ and all of the love of our friends & family. Everytime I got off the phone with you or left your presence I was so relaxed - I remember thinking “I want my energy to be just like Melanie’s!” You all are so talented, adorable & wonderful. I can’t wait to see your pictures of our future!
Melanie!!! Ahhhhh!!! Our wedding pictures are amazing!!! Of course I knew you would create magic images but you always go even above and beyond that and there isn’t even a word to describe your talent! Thank you for being so perfect. You are a treasure and so are our wedding images! I want a giant size of every single one! So fun passing along the link to family and friends. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox times three trillion!! (I don’t even think I can work today, I just want to stare at the gallery and watch the slideshow over and over!)
Besides being so creative and full of talent, each time I hang up after a phone conversation. I am reminded of your bubbly personality and enthusiasm, and, I always say to myself - "I need to be more like Melanie Mauer!" You are contagious and we love you!!
From our initial meeting in your lovely workspace, both my husband and I knew that our wedding would be in good hands. You asked such thoughtful questions about the type of day we would like (not just the type of photos we would like) and were really present in the conversation.
I think I was surprised by how GORGEOUS the pictures were! We knew they would be lovely but they exceeded all expectations. The amazing part is that through film you literally captured how we felt that day, I didn't think was possible but it is true!
Miss Melanie and team-
Thank you soooo very much for making our day just that extra special!! ...you were a joy to work with and I am super thankful to have had you as our photographer.... I cannot stop smiling at the photos - they are AMAZING! Having the app for my phone has made a grueling 160 hours at work over the last 2 weeks bearable and kept me grinning & giggling non-stop...You truly made our wedding timeless. Much much love and many many thanks! Xxoxox
I am SOBBING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU are amazing! If you could only see me right now... i look like my cat just died. I love you so much, these pictures are breath taking and more than I could have EVER hoped, wished, dreamed of. I will never be able to thank you enough for what you have given us.
hahahahahah have to go wash my face now,.
- coverage from dressing until the first dance/cake cutting (whichever is last)
- high resolution images
- wedding planning session
- engagement session (lexington)
- photo assistant on the wedding day
- ordering gallery for sharing images
- permission to reproduce images
- free travel within 75 miles of lexington, ky