Posts Tagged ‘Noel Photography and Design’


Bryce & Traci “Say I Do!” | Nebraska Wedding Photography

May 23, 2018

May is one of my favorite months for weddings. Foliage is blooming, grass is greening and everyone is so full of life and love – especially a new bride and groom!

Bryce and Traci began their wedding day at the beautiful Catholic church in Geneva, NE. The couple spent the morning and early afternoon preparing for the moment they could finally be united as husband and wife.


One of my favorite things about their day were the little details they poured themselves into, from thoughtful additions to the ceremony to unique pieces as the reception. Including Bryce’s Grandfather’s Bible, which their ring-bearer carried down the aisle.


By the end of getting dressed, there was no doubt the couple was ready to have a breather and some alone time. The church courtyard provided a quiet outdoor space for Bryce and Traci’s first look. And a perfect first look, it was!


The couple was married in a small, intimate ceremony that allowed everyone to revel in the joyous occasion that a marriage is. Their friends and family looked on as they said their memorized vows, lit their unity candle and were finally announced man and wife!


Following their union was a gorgeous celebration in Bryce’s hometown of Shickley, NE. As guests and I arrived, it was again obvious how much love and care the two of them, and their families, put into each little part of their decor.

Their red velvet cake was so pretty, featuring white frosting and elegant plum accents. It must have made them decided to keep their cake cutting pretty civil. 😉


The new Mr. & Mrs. shared their first dance to Kane Brown’s “Heaven,” and after, the wedding party was more than ready to get down on the dance floor! As my night came to a close with them, I was able to steal one last shot with the bride and groom – and frankly, I think it’s to die for.




Thank you for joining in my blog celebration of Bryce and Traci’s special day! Be sure to leave your best wishes for the couple in the comments.

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The New Mr. & Mrs. Scheidel | Nebraska Wedding Photography

May 9, 2018

“It’s good luck,” they say, when it rains on your wedding day. Well Dennis and Emily’s day was no exception – it was rainy and absolutely stunning.

The couple chose the beautiful, Spring Creek Audubon Center near Lincoln, NE for their venue. A stormy blue sky and tall golden prairie grass made the perfect setting for their theme of golds and blues.


Dennis and Emily arrived at the reserve to dress and put on their finishing touches. As I took time to be one-on-one with each before the big reveal, I couldn’t help but “ooo and ahh” over the little details they poured themselves into. Plus, I completely LOVED capturing everyone doting on the beautiful bride. ❤



Finally, the dress was on and the ties were tied. The weather let up now and then to take advantage of the scenery around us for some outdoor shots, and the first look…and the first look NEVER disappoints.


In just a heartbeat it was time to hide the bride and prepare for “I do!” The chilly weather moved us indoors to a quaint, little rustic room of the venue. Here the couple shared an intimate ceremony with friends and family.


After the ceremony, I was so blessed the bride and groom let me “steal them” for just a bit, before rushing off to the reception! This is always one of my favorite moments. Spending a little quiet time with the newly wedded couple, so we all can just take a breath…and have some fun with the crazy wedding party – of course!


My evening with this sweet couple came to a close shortly after the reception began. But not before they had their ridiculously adorable first dance as husband and wife, and shared in a little cake smashing. 😉



My absolute best wishes to Dennis and Emily as they begin this new season of life. If you have some of your own thoughts on this gorgeous day, feel free to drop them in the comments!

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Welcome to the World : Baby Drake

March 30, 2018

Cold, rainy days make me want to stay inside and snuggle up. So when weather hit the day I got to meet baby Drake, and his family, at their home – I couldn’t have been happier!


Home sessions are not something I do often, but they certainly add a quaint, candid feel to photos I can’t help but love. Not to mention, there’s such a short while that new parents get to make a space for someone so little.

Baby Drake’s room was perfectly fit for the rambunctious little boy they’ll soon have. Complete with antlers, bears, and a cozy crib that soothed him so asleep his little lip just refused to stay out without a “pasi!”


The natural light in the Sandall’s home was to die for, and their cute pup had to make sure his new best friend was in good hands at all times. With some reassurance from Mom and Dad, and a few “welcome” licks, he could finally take some to relax. 😉


But to really make the session complete, I had to capture the special bond between mom and son and father and son.. (and, of course, every baby needs a cute hat or two.) What we got, in this photographer’s opinion, is so full of love that the emotion simply speaks for itself!


Thank you all for checking out this gorgeous newborn session! Be sure to leave your comments to help welcome baby Drake to the world.

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How Much Do I Budget for Wedding Invitations?

March 12, 2018

Weddings all come down to budget and where to spend it. Invitations are a tricky one to estimate for, because they can vary so widely in cost, based on their style and where they’re from.

After some research I find my services tend to land in between popular invitation sites (ie. Minted, Etsy and etc) and commercial print shops (ie. Vista Print, Kinkos and etc), which is where I love to be! I’m a one-stop-shop, with design, print and accessories, so couples get everything they need easily and moderately priced. Today, I have made a breakdown of the average cost of most popular invitation set ups.

1) We will be basing cost on the average wedding size of 150 guests.
2) Remember, totals below are averages and not exact costs for any client.
3) Design service, taxes and shipping are not included in these averages.
4) Most all the set ups have cost efficient alternatives.

Let’s get started with the most sought-after styles:



It’s understandable why this look is so loved. The little details make the invitations “pop,” and give all the little pieces some organization.

– Printed Invitation
– Printed RSVP
– Printed Monogram
– Mats
– Belly Bands
– Mailing Envelopes
– RSVP Envelopes
– Monogram Mats

Average Cost: $330.00
Add-on: Single, Printed Details Card ($70.00). Creative Edge Invitations ($105.00)
Budget friendly comparison: Remove invitation mats, monogram mats and\or monograms to help cut out some costs, while still getting the over all function & look.




Next on the popularity scale, is a more simplistic version of that above. This set up gives some added accents with colored envelopes, but certainly takes out the additional costs of extra accessories.

– Printed Double-Sided Invitation
– Colored Envelopes

Average Cost: $140.00
Add-on: Printed RSVP Card ($47.00). RSVP Envelopes ($32.00). Creative Edge Invitations ($85.00)
Budget friendly comparison: Switch to a standard, white envelope, or if your info can be summarized, switch to a one-sided invitation.




Pockets are a more traditional style. Despite their formal and orderly look, they are not seen as often anymore. Along with couples moving to a more modern feel, pocket envelopes can be quite costly when compared to other set ups. However, when couples budget for them, they really love their organization and stunning appearance!

– Printed Invitations
– Printed RSVP’s
– One, Printed Detail Cards
– Printed Monogram
– Colored Pocket Envelopes (Laser Design included in the average here, but optional.)
– Colored Mailing Envelopes
– Colored RSVP Envelopes
– Belly Bands
– Monogram Mats

Average Cost: $1,095.00
Add-on: Invitation Mats ($50.00). Creative Edge Invitations ($105.00)
Budget friendly comparison: Choose a simple laser design or plain edge for pockets. Remove monogram mats and\or monograms. Remove belly bands.




One of the more modern looks is a folding invitation. Perfect for adding photos and simplifying your stationary by having all your info on one printed piece.


– Printed Folding Invitations
– Colored Mailing Envelopes (no color liner included in the average.)

Average Cost: $289.00
Add-on: Belly Bands ($25.00). Color Lined envelopes, like pictured above ($96.00). Monogram ($33.00). Monogram Mats ($20.00)
Budget friendly comparison: N\A, Since there is only one piece to the actual invitation, other than avoiding accessories, these invitations are at their base cost.



Clients should also keep in mind how much time they want to put into their stationary. While all invitations require some “assembly,” some set ups will take longer than others. For example…

Option 1, will require attaching the invitation to a mat, wrapping belly bands around the whole set and securing. Plus, attaching monograms and monogram mats to the belly band. Ending with stuffing and addressing envelopes. On the other hand, Option 2 will be a very simple process of slipping 1, 5×7″ invitation (and options RSVP sets) into the envelope and addressing them.

While no assembly is complicated, clients may want to decide if they have time to do some of the required additional steps that accessories bring.

Did your favorite style cost what you’d expect, or did you find something better for your budget? Leave your comments and questions below! CONTACT ME if you need additional info or a specific quote for your invitation service!

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Find Your Perfect Wedding Invitation Style!

March 7, 2018

The date is set, the plans are in motion, and now it’s time to get your guests there. But what kind of invitation do I want? Need? Works best for my budget? Best for my event? The questions go on and on when you’re searching for the right invitations and the right company to make them.

Today, I’m going to break down my invitation styles to get you on the right track to your dream invitations!

To simplify it the best, there are really only TWO general types of invitations: Flat and Folding. From there, it’s just a matter of how you accessorize.


Let’s start with the easier of the two: Folding invitations. There’s 4 big reason couple’s love these:

1) Folding invites are great for those who want to do online or phone RSVP’s.
2) They allow ALL of your wedding info to fit on one stationary piece. There’s no need to print additional info cards of any kind!
3) There’s plenty of space to add photos. {Perfect for your engagement session or love story timeline.}
4) They make stuffing envelopes a breeze!

General details: Folding invitations are around 5×5″ – 5×7″ when folded. They are available as a top or side trifold (5×5″), or a gate fold (5×7″).

Accessories: Since there is only one stationary piece to these invites, the accessories list for them will be a bit shorter compared to flat invitations.

• 6×6″ Colored Envelopes (Lined or un-lined.)
• Belly Bands and Monogram Squares


Side Fold Invitations Sample, with Lined Envelopes.


Here’s where things can get crazy! There are ENDLESS ways to “dress up” and accessorize a flat invitation. But first, it’s best to choose size and shape.

General Details: Flat stationary can be 5×5″ or 5×7″ with squared off or creative edges. Below is just a few of the options I have available!


Once we’ve determined a base, we can then build on the accessories to really take your invitation to the next level.

• Colored Envelopes
• Invitation Mats
• Pocket Envelopes
• Belly Bands & Monograms

The most popular style today is a standard 5×7″ invite with RSVP and colored envelopes. Many couples flock to this because they are the most cost efficient, and very easy to stuff into envelopes. Now-a-days, some couples are even skipping the RSVP!


The next step up from a 5×7″ invite with no accessories is to add mats and belly bands. This is a semi-formal way of keeping all your stationary items grouped within your envelope. It’s a great way to add some layers and accent your invite:


Last, but certainly far from least, are pocket invitations. On top of being the most formal, these are also the most organized! The center is reserved for the invitation, which can be placed with or without a mat. A side pocket allows for multiple pieces of stationary like RSVP’s and info cards. Couples can also choose from standard straight cuts or laser designs, like the leaves pattern below. While pocket invitations tend to be on the more costly side, couples choose them for the amazing functionality they give guests, as well as their classy looks.


The most important thing to remember with custom invitations is they are just that – custom. They are built for you, so it’s easy to add or subtract little details to make them fit your needs. What’s your favorite invitation style? Leave your thoughts in the comments or contact me for a custom quote!

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What Happens After Hiring Noel P&D for My Wedding Photography?

February 12, 2018

That’s always a big question with any service…

“What will my experience be like with them from A-Z?”

Especially in the wedding scene where service options are endless, and you want your wedding day to have as few hitches as possible. So, I figure – let’s talk about it! Here’s what to expect after booking my wedding day services:

I have LOTS of bundling options! And yes, they’re things you’ll want, to help yourself before, during and after the wedding! The collections may include {free or discounted} services like: an engagement session, invitation services, boudoir session, SnapchatÂŽ filters, photo books and more!


Wedding planning is challenging. Getting caught up in the endless list, and letting some {important} things fall to the wayside is easy to do. So from the day you say, “you’re hired,” I’ll be doing whatever I can to help make sure your services with me go as smooth as possible.

This means sending reminders now and then about sessions, consults and invoice status. Plus, when you also choose my invitation services, I can help keep the invitation process on schedule. After all, on top of there being {so. much. etiquette.}, invitations have a LOT of little pieces and parts.



Every couple is required at least one consult with me, but if they feel the need, they are welcome to more!! Whether we have 1 or 5, consults are key.

One of the most asked questions I see on wedding boards:

“How is my wedding day timeline suppose to look!?”

While some couples choose to have a wedding planner to help with this aspect, in most cases the order of events is based around the photographer, videographer and\or other “timed” services. Therefore, I look at it as part of my job to sit down and allow you to hash out your timeline with at least one professional.


Photography is one of only a handful of services where couples have the opportunity for a “dry run” before their wedding day. Because I find such great value in this, ALL my collections include a free, local engagement session with me.

While we capture stunning portraits for year-round displays, invitations and save the dates, we will be using this time to get to know each other and how we work. It’s a wonderful {no pressure} session to feel out how the big day will go.


This is Taylor. My dress fluffing, groomsmen wrangling, time-watching, and sometimes candid-shooting assistant. Hear me when I say, “She. Is. AMAZING!”

While I’m busing being the creative eye and setting up killer shots, she’s behind the scenes making the day move like clock work for us. Together we are a force of nature working creatively for your special day!


Tay (left) and I (right)


Just in case all the above isn’t enough, I will also be here from start to finish to answer as many questions as you can possible think of. Seriously – please feel free to ask me millions of questions. I’m more than happy to help with anything I can!

Need to know more about my services? Great! Shoot me an email, call, or message on Facebook. I can’t wait to meet you! {}

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Kevin and Jamie Tie the Knot in Historic Fort Collins Loft.

February 6, 2018

You’ll have to call me a bit bias, but my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding was the absolute perfect nuptials to start my 2018. And only for my sister would I agree to shoot and be a part of a wedding at the same time. (Let me tell you about challenges!!)

So first, a special thank you to Jesse of Jesse Ramirez Photography, for capturing the other half of the wedding you won’t see here. Without his amazing help, I wouldn’t have been able to put a personal touch to their special day.

Moving from Colorado I can be one of the first to tell you its beautiful in the winter. Just put yourself there during Christmas and the New Year. Downtown is lined with twinkly white lights in all the trees, on every street. If you’re lucky enough to see a Colorado snow, it certainly is breathtaking when paired with the general splendor.

The venue was a historic loft tucked in downtown Fort Collins. Exposed brick walls, wood floors, vintage tile, and a 100-year old bar made this location the perfect place for Kevin and Jamie to tie the knot.


The quaint size of this space left Kevin and his best man to spruce up just next door to where Jamie was finally able to slip into her stunningly elegant gown; Buttons trailing down the back and gorgeous lace patterns covering the dress.


Before the ceremony, we planned our father’s first look on the beautiful two story balcony overlooking the city. And as any father looking at his little girl in a wedding dress, his reaction did not disappoint!



Afterwards it was time to “hurry up, and wait.” To slip the rings back into their boxes, finish our touch-ups,  get everyone into place, and wait.


Lanterns lined the aisle with a deep purple, green and grey color scheme. A beautiful arch filled with greenery, plum flowers and hanging candles awaits at the end of the aisle. Along with a more-than-ready groom. Immediate family of the couple look on as the wedding party of two, best man and maid of honor, make an entrance. Smiles all widen as Jamie finally makes her way down the aisle accompanied by her dad.

Before we know it, this small, intimate ceremony comes to an end and two are finally one.



The celebration begins with drinks and cake cutting under the stunning, historic bar. Followed by the new Mr. & Mrs. dancing the night away to the classic love song of “At Last” by Etta James.



As guests enjoy the party, and the evening comes to a close, Mr. & Mrs. Boyer are met by a beautiful white horse and carriage. The carriage ride trots them downtown through the glittery, light filled streets, to their suite… and well, happily ever after, of course. 🙂


Thank you all for reading and be sure to leave your thoughts of their special day in the comments! Remember to follow along with me here on WordPress by blog or email. Plus, head on over to Facebook and Instagram to keep tabs on my daily feed. Until next time…

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