Please, have a seat!

One of the later aspects of wedding planning is a seating plan for the guests at the reception. People can sometimes get quite creative when it comes to showing their guest where to sit. We’ve all seen the pretty little place cards, directing people to their table number, such as these little bow tied cards.

Pretty little table cards with a small formal flair.

At Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry, we’ve taken the “where to sit” to a whole new level by offering our custom seating charts. They are custom-made for each client, and limited only by your imagination. We don’t use templates, and that makes them like snowflakes. (No two are alike!)

Donna and Tony chose one of the photos from their beach engagement photos as the background for their seating chart.

The photo we use can be one we took if we did your engagement session, or it can be a photo that you provide. (Photos from other professional photographers must have a print release from the photographer to be used). We’ve done both horizontal and vertical, and our size choices are 16X20, 20X30 and 24X36. You can have your seating chart made as a print that you can frame, or we can have it mounted onto a foam core backing for you.

Check out the guest list from our “prototype” seating chart. We only attended this wedding in our head.

Our prototype seating chart with a fabulous guest list.

We have a few of these charts at our studio in downtown Whitman, so if you are in the area and want to see what they look like in person, stop by. Check out a few examples and pricing of our custom seating charts, and let us know what you think of them.

It all starts with the engagement photos…

Once you start searching for your wedding photographer, a good place to begin is with engagement photos. An engagement session need not be a formal, frilly, over dressed session. Today’s engagement photo sessions are known to be more laid back, capturing the “real” couple. Gone are the days of the couple simply smiling into the camera, with nothing but their faces taking up the entire frame. Here to stay are photos that jump right off the page with awe-inspiring color and dimension.

Kara and Tony's engagement photos were taken all around Hull, this one right on Nantasket Beach.

Bringing your photographer to a favorite place and just “being yourself” is a great way to start to get to know your wedding photographer, and for the photographer to really get to know your personalities. Sarah and Donn brought us to the Arnold Arboretum for their photos.

Sarah and Donn choose the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain to make their photos come to life.

Sometimes black and white can tell the story just as well as color, as seen in these photos, first showcasing Danielle and Mike at the Quincy Quarries, and the Tony and Donna at White Horse Beach.

Danielle and Mike sharing a smooch at the Quincy Quarries.

Even in a silhouette, their smiles shine through…

Tony and Donna at White Horse Beach in Plymouth, Mass.

A location as seemingly simple at Whitman Town Park can bring a whole new perspective to your photos.

Harla and Mike, with Whitman Town Park in the background.

Shawna and Sterling had the Public Gardens in mind for their engagement photos…

The Public Gardens always make for an amazing backdrop, as with Shawna and Sterling.

Give Photo and Video by Joe Goldsberry a call to set up a meeting at our studio to discuss your wedding photography. We’d love to hear about your ideas for engagement photos. Some posed, some candid, and somewhere in between make for a great mix of shots to choose from. We’ll end with Mark and Meredith, this photo taken in Boston was Meredith’s favorite…

Mark and Meredith at Faneuil Hall.