5 Podcasts I Recommend to my Couples

Danielle Sitting at desk with headphones on, listening to a podcast

I’m a podcast junkie. These days, most of my conversations start with, “I was listening to this one podcast and…” I can’t help it! I love a good conversation and I am always excited to learn something new. Plus, the audio format is the perfect way to consume media while I’m traveling to weddings or editing images!

If you’re also a podcast-lover and in the wedding-planning stages - here are five amazing podcasts you’ll want to download right-friggin-now!

  1. For some major giggles: The Secret Life of Weddings

This is one of the first podcasts I ever listened to! “SLOW” is all about getting a good laugh out of other’s misfortune. If that sounds harsh, well sometimes it is! But mostly it’s an amazing way to blow off steam through the realization that whatever you’re stressing about in regards to your own wedding, really isn’t so bad! Hosted by two Canadian wedding photographers, this show rehashes other peoples’ wedding-day horror stories much to the delight of drama-thirsty listeners. As a wedding vendor, I find these stories laugh-until-you-cry funny with the added relief that nothing I’ve ever experienced has been that dang bad! Here’s a taste.

2. For sound advice: Bridechilla

Aleisha is your best friend who is not afraid to tell it like it is and encourage you to question tradition by tossing anything that doesn’t work for you, in the “fuck it bucket”. She tackles unique wedding-related topics such as ‘how to handle a wedding as a person with social anxiety’ (Episode 379) and understanding that you can ‘stop saying yes to shit you hate’ (Episode 299). There’s also a Bridechilla Facebook group and some amazing physical books. This podcast is especially refreshing to me because Aleisha subscribes to the same idea I do. Your wedding day is about YOU and you only and everything else is negotiable!

3. To put the focus back on your relationship: Where Should We Begin? with Ester Perel

The wedding-day is the beginning of your marriage, is it not? Sometimes people get so lost in planning their big day that they forget to spend time focusing on their partner and their relationship. Ester Perel is a The episodes are real, recorded conversations she has had with couples which can help you bring up potential sticking points in your relationship as it is currently or in the future.

4. For answers to wedding planning specifics: The Big Wedding Planning Podcast

How about a straight-forward wedding podcast that guides you, answers your questions, but also isn’t dead boring? Christy and Michelle are two long-time wedding planners. They cover everything from building your budget to building your wedding day timeline. You can also share episodes with your wedding party if they’re struggling to write a toast! They always make sure to include personal anecdotes and fresh perspectives for up-to-date advice! The titles on their episode make it super easy to pick and choose your episodes!

5. Staying modern in your planning: Put a Ring on It

Another podcast hosted by two wedding photographers! Since their profession allows them to get behind the scenes and experience every part of wedding days, they have been able to distill-down what they see and think into super easy to follow explanations and advice! Dan and Danielle are all about being intentional when planning your wedding and questioning doing things ‘just because.‘ I’d recommend starting with “Ten Things Your Guests Won’t Care About” and “Four Fundamentals for Hosting a Great Event

If you’re a DSP couple and looking for more advice, shoot me a text email or call! I’m always so happy to give you personal a specialized advice!



Dana and Jason - Zion National Park Elopement

It's been a dream of mine to both travel to Zion National Park and shoot a spectacular elopement in the western US.  When Dana and Jason let me in on their secret plans to have their actual wedding on a mountaintop in Zion before returning home for the celebration I was SO. THERE. 

Dana and Jason have such sweet souls.  They're adventurous yet uncomplicated.  They let their love and dreams take the lead and everything else follows.  Witnessing their union was an absolute honor!

I could gush all day about them but I'll cut myself off and just go ahead with the magic...   

Behind The Scenes

What To Know Before Your Engagement Session

First Step: Deciding When and Where

When choosing the ideal season for your engagement session, you want to first consider if you’d like to use your photos for Save The Dates.  If so, you want to make sure you have your session 8-6 months before the wedding to ensure sufficient time to create, print and mail your cards.



Chilly, snowy engagement sessions are rarely done therefore always unique!  To balance out the monotone backdrops of gray days, I suggest wearing bright colors or choosing an industrial location with lots of textures to play with.  Pretty twinkly lights are usually in abundance during this season! Obviously, you’ll need to dress quite warm or find a bright, indoor location.



Pretty, lovely spring.  If you time your session right, you can catch all sorts of blooms. Bluebells and cherry blossoms are just a few of my favorites.



This is an awesome time to do beach engagement photos! Inland locations provide plenty of greenery and blooms to play with as well. I typically plan our sessions for sunset so that you’re not out at the hottest part of the day but you’ll still want to try avoiding the hottest days of summer.  You simply won’t feel your best in oppressive heat.



A client favorite for so many reasons!  The weather is typically nice enough to be outside in comfortable fall clothing and the turning leaves provide a stunning backdrop.

Step Two: Location


Once you pick your season, your location sometimes becomes obvious.  For other times, consider the answers to these questions as potential locations:

  1. Where did you meet?

  2. Where was your favorite date?

  3. Where did you get engaged?

  4. What are some of your favorite things to do together?

Do you share a love of water activities?  Let’s head to your favorite lake!  


Do you live out of town?  I am so there!


Step Three: What To Wear

Indoor Cozy Engagement Session Warehouse Fox and Finch Bethlehem PA What to Wear

Most importantly, you'll want to pick something you’re comfortable in.  If a clothing item is uncomfortable or you’re not sure if you like the way it looks, your concerns will read in your expressions.  Always choose something 1) You’re comfortable in. 2) You know looks good on you. 3) That is appropriate for the weather.  Always try your intended outfit on before the shoot!  It doesn’t always look the way you imagined and trying it on will give you enough time to explore other options.

Ocean City New Jersey Beach Engagement Session Golden Hour Sunset Fall

Coordinate but don’t ‘match’. You want to make sure that both of your are wearing clothing that fits well together.  Make sure that one of you is not going formal while the other is going casual.  Additionally, tie your clothing together by choosing one color you can both wear in some capacity.  This helps you appear connected without a ‘matchy’ look.

Engagement Session What to Wear Birch Grove Park NJ

You can choose to have one outfit change during your engagement session.  Many people like to change to vary the photos with one formal and one casual outfit.  Remember, you’ll need a place to change!

Engagement Session What to Wear Washington DC Tidal Basin Pop of Color

Step Four: What To Bring

I love an unencumbered photo session.  Sometimes having a bag to worry about can take your mind out of the moment.  But, sometimes, it's best to think ahead and be prepared!

If you’re changing: Remember your second outfit and corresponding accessories.

If it’s cold: Bring along a jacket to bundle up between shots.


Fur Babies: If you’d like to bring along your pup (Or cat, who am I to judge?), do make sure to bring a leash and treats.  Ideally, you’ll also want to bring a friend or family member to watch your fur baby for the shots where we want just the two of you.  You know your pet.  If your pet is the type that may cause trouble with strangers or other pets, you’ll also want ‘an escape plan’ for your pet and sitter.  This could be as easy as having them sit in the car or even coming to the session separately so they can leave if necessary.

Family Engagement Session Cape May New Jersey Nautical Docks What to Wear

Real Babies:  We love when parents include their kiddos in their engagement sessions!  We suggest bringing a babysitter to watch your child for the shots where we want just the two of you.  It’s also nice to have the babysitter come in a separate car in case your child becomes upset or wants to leave.  Then you can have to option of not worrying about them becoming tired or (heaven forbid) full-blown cranky.


Props: Occasionally people like to include ‘props’ in their images.  If you have something in mind, don’t forget it!

Paris Revisited

What can I say about Paris that hasn't already been said?  City of lights.  City of love? The city that has captured the hearts and imaginations of so many.  Any love letter I could write would surely fall short of describing it's true beauty.  All I know is we're in love and the second date was even better than the first.

In my efforts to keep my photography skills fresh, I often put way too much stress on myself to get great photos (especially in an amazing place like Paris). So, I made a concerted effort on this trip to practice "casual" photography. I can't say I didn't still stress, but I got to have fun with composition, editing, and juxtaposition.  A lot of these photos aren't the same editing style, feature tourist photobombers, and weren't taken in remotely the same place as the ones I collaged them with.  And there's a kind of freedom in that, which takes me back to being on vacation in the greatest city on earth.

"You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can't. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights, I mean come on, there's nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe." - Midnight in Paris