Harry Potter, Doctor Who, horses, and a four-figure discount from NY’s Milestone Images

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I think this is my favorite interview with one of our most prolific and wonderfully honest sponsors — Angie from Milestone Images. Come for the nerdy wedding porn, stay for the four-figure discount…

Angie! You know we always love hearing about your favorite moments in offbeat wedding greatness. So divulge — any recent favorites?

AAH, it's like you're asking me to pick my favorite flavor of ice cream or something. Impossible! Okay, let's see. Hands down, Elsa (Tribesmaid Snarkbat) and Jonathan's wedding was fantastic. I was really touched by her Offbeat Bride guest post blind women get married too, so I was thrilled when she picked me to document the reception. Her Doctor Who/Steampunk/laser wedding bouquet kind of went viral earlier this month, but you can't see the laser lit up, which was sort of the best part.

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Button vendor alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)You can see more from their wedding in their highlights slideshow here. Plus, I think Elsa's going to submit her wedding so you can all drool over all the swing dancing, Dr. Who-themed awesomeness.

Oh! And you know my last guest post about Real People Vs. Models where I half-jokingly mentioned that one of the ways you can tell if a wedding is a real couple or a model is if there's a horse involved? I got to shoot an authentic couple with a horse last weekend!

Bethany and Darrin are an offbeat couple who had this amazing, rustic wedding with sustainable farm-to-table catering up at the Kaaterskill in Catskill, NY. And they're real! Not models! With a horse! See:

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AND, the day before I got to shoot an Offbeat-lite couple who had a “secret Harry Potter” theme. They had a very fun wedding with a lot of onbeat things, like a white dress, a country club venue, flower girls and ring bearers, the whole thing, but when you look beneath the surface (literally), Danielle was wearing this amazing purple crinoline. They had dragon cake toppers and antique key favors as place cards, which was a nod to Gringott's Bank. The wedding date was 7/13. Only hardcore HP aficionados like myself might make the connection that Sorcerer's Stone was in vault 713. This couple had booked my package that includes rehearsal dinner coverage, so the night before we got to brainstorm. I suggested that the bride and groom bring their wands, which was fun.

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We love this wand ring shot on top of the beaded bag like the one Hermione carried around in Book 7

And these are just the weddings I shot last weekend! There are so many other offbeat couples that I've loved working with this year.

Holy crap! So how many weddings have you shot in all?

Oh, man. Since I first started shooting weddings in 2000? Definitely more than 100, for sure.

Do you think your experience is what matters most to offbeat couples?

That's hard to say. If there's anything I've learned about offbeat couples, it's that we're all different. I think people like working with me because, yes, in the past 12 years I've photographed weddings in just about very imaginable type of venue and circumstance. I am very much able to adjust on the fly to whatever weather, lighting or family dynamic that comes up. I know my gear so well that I can tell if my flash is putting out the right amount of light by the way it feels against my forehead when it fires.

I also try to make sure that all of my clients get four kinds of photos:

  1. I take hundreds of candids that capture all the emotions, laughter and beauty of the day — from ugly cry tears to dance floor antics, so that someday people can look at your album and feel like they were there.
  2. I shoot all of the details that my clients have spent time and energy on in their planning, which makes me a great fit for DIY couples.
  3. I make sure to get all the “standard” group poses with your parents and wedding party (if you have one), because your wedding is the one day of your life when everyone you love comes together in one spot… but I'm super efficient and quick about it so you can get back to the party that brought you all together in the first place.
  4. I try to make very creative shots of the bride and groom that really tell a story about your relationship and the love you share.

With me, you get the full range of documention as I focus on all four of those things, and that seems to really please my clients.

So you mentioned earlier that you have a package that includes rehearsal dinner coverage. Packages are new for you, right?

Yes! They are new as of Spring 2012. I named them with my offbeat clients' input, because I just could. not. bring myself to name them, like, “The Platinum Princess Package!” My packages are: Destination Courthouse, Just Shoot Me, Gotcha Covered, Day of Awesome and Unicorns and Rainbows. Destination Courthouse is $400 for one hour and works well for people eloping in New York City. The most popular ones are the middle three, which range in price from $2400-$4500.

You know a LOT of our brides are budget brides, so this is worth bringing up… why is your photography worth so much?

Putting why it “costs” so much aside and focusing on why it's “worth” so much, I firmly believe that at the end of day, when the cake (or cupcakes, or pie) has been eaten, and your wedding attire has been cleaned and preserved (or repurposed), your documentation of the day is what you really have to remind you of your wedding. It's so much more than pictures.

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It's the look on your partner's face when she saw you in your wedding finery for the first time; it's capturing the way your best friend's toast made you laugh.

TOASTLAUGH alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)Ultimately, choosing the right photographer comes to down to figuring out who is the best fit in terms of price, personality and artistic style. You want someone you can trust and someone you'll genuinely like having around on this really important day.

So, what about those aforementioned budget for offbeat couples who would LOVE to work with you but just can't afford $2,400 for photography?

I ALWAYS want to work with people who really want to work with me. When people appreciate that I offer something that not just any old person can do, it means the world to me. So, here's the special deal I'm offering:

If you book by August 15th, you can save 20% PLUS choose an add-on up to $800 in value. So let's say you want the “Just Shoot Me” package, which usually does not include a CD of high-resolution images. With this special offer, you save all the sales tax, plus $240 more AND you get the CD. That's over $1,200 in total savings.

Or, let's say you want the “Gotcha Covered” package, which includes a CD and an engagement session but doesn't come with an album. With this offer, you can add an album OR two extra hours OR a second photographer plus a day-after fashion session. That's more than $1,100 in total savings.

Wow. That's a freaking four-figure discount right there. I'm almost feeling bad asking this but…anything else?

I totally feel like the Sham-Wow!TM guy right now. “But wait! There's more!” I do offer one other super-secret special discount for people getting married in the slow season (January, February or March) or for people booking at the last minute if I'm not already booked for that date. You have to contact me to find out what that is, though.

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Comments on Harry Potter, Doctor Who, horses, and a four-figure discount from NY’s Milestone Images

  1. Horse? Must see horse!

    Better than I hoped! She’s about five seconds from getting her bouquet snacked on.

    • HA! Totally! That horse is like, “no sweetie, look at the camera not at me.” CHOMP.

  2. Ooh! Yay! It’s the Doctor Bride Portrait! I LOVE the Doctor Bride portrait! Thank you Angie! <3

    In our house, we captioned this "Hi. I'm the Doctor, and your wife. Want to go on an adventure?"

      • Um, Elsa’s waiting on me to finish editing something before she submits her profile. *whistles* Look, over there! Something shiny!

      • What Angie said! As soon as I have all the photos I PROMISE full disclosure!

        • Yay! I’m looking forward to it! The dancing pic is AWESOME! I’m hoping our photographer will be this good. She’s going to have to be quick to catch the movement of a viennese waltz without blur.

  3. Thank you, Offbeat Bride, for helping us find Milestone Images! And a huge thank you to Angie for capturing all the little details of our big day! I’m so in love with our pictures and I’m so glad you suggested the whole rings on wands idea!

    Thank you <3

  4. There is literally nothing better in my life than the photograph of the bride with the horse!

    I am also SO in love with the secret HP couple. >D I love it when REAL couples let their nerd flags fly.

    Angie, you’re fabulous, and I can’t wait to work with you! Less than 6 months!

  5. I fell in love with Angie’s work by accident. I was hunting for photographers that had shot weddings at reBar, so I could get an idea of what it would look like if Ali and I selected that as our venue (which we did). I came across her shoot of Tomika and Nick. And then, of course, she shot my OBB homegirl Snarkbat’s wedding. That’s when I emailed her. She really has the perspective I’ve sought after. I just know that when Ali and I get married next year, she’ll capture our memories like no one else could have. HELL YES!

  6. Love the offbeat layer beneath the onbeat appearance! Great photographer, reads exactly like the one we had, and that’s a great price opportunity, right in line for New York and what you’d be getting in exchange.

  7. I almost don’t want to say it ’cause I’m not sure if she’s available for my date (soon to be nailed down) but do you all realize what a steal this is?

    The in-demand photog I was just looking at was so much more money for way less time … And the website photos were not nearly as good. Seriously! Angie’s photos are ready for a magazine they’re so awesome! Gah! I hope she’s free!

    *runs back to Angie’s blog to find more ideas*

    Em, May 2013 (hopefully)

  8. YAY SNARKBAT!! She looks gorgeous and her wedding must have kicked so much ass! Congrats to her. <3

  9. Angie was the MOST amazing find from Offbeat Bride, and we can honestly say that our special day was all the more special with her professional yet totally fun approach to photographing our wedding! Angie suggested that we meet up prior to the ceremony in Prospect Park so that she could capture “the moment”. She did a magical job capturing such a magical moment… and I just love the expression she captured on face, as I… ahem.. admired my beautiful bride-to-be.

    We just can’t wait to see the rest of the pics, but the previews thus far have been gorgeous!

  10. The rings on the wands was a great idea! Love the Grooms ring, where did you find it?

  11. Yay! I’m the bride with the horse! We also originally found Angie through Offbeat Bride, and couldn’t be happier! We can’t wait to see the rest of our photos 🙂

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