June 21, 2022
Today we have the pleasure of sharing a wedding photographer Q&A with top Midwest photographer and highly recommended vendor, Jordan Leffel. We at The Wilds and all of her couples praise her for her sweet and fun demeanor and for her dreamy romantic photography. We sat down with her to chat about her approach to wedding photography and the tips that she wished all engaged couples knew before they book their own while enjoying the stunning wedding of Brandi and Jeremy!
Thank you- that truly is the greatest compliment.
It’s weighty to me that I’m shooting one of the most profound, memorable moments of someone’s life. Not just for the couple, but also their parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, etc. I’m a mom- I understand in a deep way what long nights, tears, happy days, and sad days went into shaping these incredible people that are getting married. I think being emotionally present on a wedding day is so important. For me, that allows me to capture true emotion!
I also value relationships. It’s not uncommon for me to grab a coffee or meal with my couples prior to the wedding day to cultivate friendship. I hope that on the wedding day that contributes to couples feeling completely comfortable in front of my camera.
There are some talented, professional photographers. The beauty of that is there is one certainly out there that you will click with. Don’t settle for less. For your experience, it’s worth finding someone who gets you, makes you feel like yourself, and values similar things as you.
Within aesthetics, I look forward to weddings with colorful palettes! I’m loving patterned bridesmaid dresses, receptions gushing with florals, and brides adding extra style to their wedding making it unique to them.
As for the industry, I’m hopeful that after some long years of Covid rearranging plans, we’ve become sober-minded to what weddings are supposed to be about, right? Some of my favorite weddings of my career have been during Covid when many plans got scratched, but two lovers chose to make some big promises to each other and say “I do” forever. I want to take all of that along with me and learn from that. With all of the beauty, hard work, detail, and investment that goes into that day- not to lose sight of what really matters and celebrate love!
One of the immediate things that I appreciated about Brandi and Jeremy was their authenticity. There was no pretense. That matched their wedding day, a simple elegance I’ll never forget. Instead of a bridal party, they invited some of their closest friends to help them get ready and enjoy the day. They wanted to preserve the things about their day that mattered most- the love they shared and to have a good time! It was certainly one of the most memorable weddings I’ve ever had the opportunity to shoot.
You can connect with the incredible Jordan Leffel at https://jordanleffel.com and follow her on Insta at https://www.instagram.com/jordanleffelphotography.
Also, don’t miss these other breathtaking weddings she has photographed at The Wilds:
|Wedding Venue||—||The Wilds Venue|
|Bar||—||Upland Brewing Co.|
|Caterer||—||First Class Catering|
|Wedding Cake||—||Farmhouse Cakes|
|Photography||—||Jordan Leffel Photography|
|Videography||—||Complete Weddings & Events|
|Florist||—||Pomp & Bloom|
|Musicians||—||Complete Weddings & Events|
|Hair & Makeup||—||Jori Bruner|
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