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Wedding photography is the longest lasting decision that you invest in for your wedding day, and therefore choosing your photographer is the most important choice you make when planning your wedding day.  Through this art, your perfect moments will be captured with beauty and creativity that will let you relive your wedding day for years to come.

Wedding Collections

Securing Bella Lumiere Photography as your wedding photographers is simple. All you need to do is digitally sign and return the wedding contract and pay the 50% retainer. The remaining 50% balance is due 30 days before your wedding date when the rest of your vendor balances are due. For your convenience, we do accept Visa, AMEX, Discover, and Mastercard. We keep up with your balances for you and will send you a reminder invoice as payment time approaches. If you need a different payment plan, please let us know. Those are evaluated on a case by case basis. 

HOW DO WE BOOK YOU AND WHAT’S YOUR PAYMENT PLAN?

Our wedding album is something that we cherish and look through regularly. As a courtesy to our wedding couples, we personally pre-design the album for you. We will include the very best images from your wedding day and some of the ones that have been hand-edited as heirloom art. Once you’ve had time to review your album, we will meet in person (or video chat due to distance) to finish your design together. 

HOW DOES ALBUM DESIGN WORK?

ABSOLUTELY!! Working and living in eastern North Carolina for many years, we have personally seen the heartbreak and devastation of losing photographs to fire or flood during a hurricane. We have also personally experienced a hard drive failing with 20 years of memories stored on it. So, we store master files for each wedding that we photograph in the cloud. So, if you ever suffer a loss like this, please let us know so we can help you get your precious memories back.

DO YOU KEEP THE MASTER COPIES?

All of your photos will be shot in color. Because we love black and white as well as color, we will provide you with ALL of your images in both color and black and white. That way you can choose your favorites.

WILL OUR PHOTOS BE IN COLOR OR WILL THERE BE SOME BLACK AND WHITE TOO?

That sounds awesome!! We did the same thing for our own personal wedding and loved it! Since these types of photos may take some planning ahead of time., let’s talk about your ideas and what you envision the finished product looking like. Depending on how creative your photography vision is, we may need to get prior approval or even a permit from the venue or location. But not to worry, we will be by your side to help you navigate logistics.

CAN WE TAKE SOME REALLY epic PHOTOS IN amazing LOCATIONS?

Absolutely!! This is a must in our industry. It’s protection for you, for us, and our gear.

Do you have liability insurance?

Certainly not!   Because of our pre-wedding preparation on your family photo list and our efficiency and speed on your wedding day, most of the family photos can be taken in about 15-20 minutes.

I don’t want to spend an hour taking family photos, do I have to?

Every wedding we photograph will include an assistant shooter, by sweet husband, Matthew. Being husband and wife, we anticipate each other's next steps and location during a wedding naturally, so we don't run the risk of photo bombing the other's shots. Because we are both the heart and soul of this business, you can count on the same quality of work, attention to detail, creative eye, friendliness, and professional standards from us both that you would expect on your wedding day. 

DO YOU USE A SECOND SHOOTER?

We have one of the fastest turn-around times in the wedding photography industry with proofs ready in about 3-4 weeks and the majority of my couples receive their custom album in about 3-4 months. And I love to send out a few “sneak peek” photos within 24-48 hours after the wedding.

When will we get our photos?

We are proud to be considered some of the top photographers in North Carolina. We earned this reputation by catering to our clients with a boutique photography experience while providing absolutely beautiful, high quality images and products. While packages start around $1500 and peak around $4500, the average initial investment is around $3500 which includes a full day of coverage, 2 photographers, an album, and the master files. 

How much do you charge?

Oh goodness!  We have no idea!  Since we are photographing your wedding on a digital camera and there is no “film”, we are free to take as many images as we can.  On average, you will receive about 75-100 images per hour of shooting time.  We tend to take way more photos than that, but will remove the less than desirable ones like test shots, blinks, duplicates, etc.  ALL images are edited for color, exposure, sharpness, and white balance.   From there, a select few previously edited images will be hand-edited by Riley-Payton to become heirloom art perfect for your album and wall. 

How many pictures do you take?

Each wedding day is unique, so the locations for the first look, ceremony, reception, etc. will vary by wedding. For this reason, we don’t charge a travel fee for this sort of thing. If your wedding is more than 120 miles away from Wilmington, NC, then a travel fee may apply but will be evaluated on a case by case basis.   

If your wedding is a destination wedding like our own personal wedding was, please know that we are very comfortable with the planning and destination wedding day execution as your photographers. To keep planning simple, all we ask is that if airfare, hotel, and rental car are needed, please reimburse us for the actual cost of those. It’s easier for you if we make these reservations for ourselves and we are really great at searching for deals!

Do you charge for travel or multiple locations?

We try our best to blend in with your guests but not look like we are attending a funeral. We wear mostly darker clothes that are professional and allow us to move freely when shooting and really comfy shoes. 

What do you wear?

We use only the best Olympus DSLR cameras, lenses, and accessories that money can buy and always bring backup equipment. Our gear is dust, splash, and freeze-proof as well as weather sealed. So, if it rains or snows on your wedding day, we won’t be rushing to protect our gear and potentially miss a shot. If you are a fellow gear geek like us, here’s a list of our toys:

Olympus OMD EM-1 Mark ii Camera Bodies
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 25mm f1.2 PRO Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 45mm f1.2 PRO Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO Lens
Olympus FC-WR Wireless Flash Commanders
Olympus FL-900R Flashes
Olympus TG-5 Camera
Olympus LED Light Guide (LG-1) for TG-5
Olympus Flash Diffuser (FD-1) for TG-5

What equipment do you use?

THE BIG QUESTION: WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU FOR OUR WEDDING?

Great question! The reason you should hire us is because we will make sure that you DON’T go through the heartache that I did when I first got married. (If you haven’t already, you should check out the "In the Photographer’s Own Words” blog post written by Riley-Payton.)  We will be by your side from the moment that you hire us until the last product is delivered.  We will take your vision to heart and help you to put together a day-of timeline that will provide the photographic opportunities that you want. We will work hand in hand with your wedding planner/day of coordinator to make sure that everything happens on schedule and is stress free.  If you didn’t hire one, then we would be happy to help in any way that we can. Just know that no matter what the weather brings, or how the schedule runs, we will be there to photograph you in the most flattering ways so that you remember just how beautiful you were and how memorable your wedding really was!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Bella Lumiere Experience is a BOUTIQUE experience that focuses on the personal touch from the time you book with us until the time that your album is delivered.  Read below to see why this experience makes all the difference! 

LET'S BE FRIENDS

Wedding photography is NOT one-size-fits-all!  We know that Bella Brides are unique!  Our brides recognize that if they want romantic, genuine portraits of themselves and their groom on their wedding day, then selecting the perfect wedding photographer is more than just pretty pictures.  Our couples need an incredible EXPERIENCE!!  The first component of an incredible experience is determining if we are the perfect fit for you!  We spend time getting to know you (online, over the phone, or in person) so we can customize the experience to you and your wedding.

SAVE THE DATE

Yay!!  We are so excited that we are the perfect fit for you!  Now let’s save your wedding date so we can make your wedding photography dreams a reality!!!  We will send your custom wedding photography agreement online so you can review your package and pay your deposit.  Once this part is done, you are officially a Bella Bride!!  Welcome to the FAMILY!!  Let's get started planning....

ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Now that we are your wedding day visual storytellers, we will send you The Bella Bride Guide and The Bella Groom Guide.  These are INVALUABLE resources to help you plan, prepare, and create the wedding day of your dreams!  Then, we will schedule your engagement session.  The first 15-20 minutes of your session will be set aside to teach you a few basic poses so you will feel comfortable enough to be yourselves in front of our cameras.  We will use those poses as our foundation and build off of them as we go, making sure to have fun along the way for the perfect candid shots.  We also use special posing techniques that minimize any "areas of concern".  Our goal is to get rid of any nerves, help you to feel confident, and to capture the excitement and joy you share together!  Once we've completed hand-editing your engagement photos, we'll send your online gallery to you and will feature your love story on the Bella Blog and social media.  Feel free to download and share your beautiful photos with your family, friends, and tag us on social media.

LET'S TALK TIMELINES

From time to time, we will check in with you to see how the wedding planning process is coming along.  We may even drop a little something in the mail just to let you know that we are thinking about you.  As ideas and questions come up, feel free to email, text or call us so we can collaborate.  When you are about 2 months away from your wedding date, the final preparations will begin!  This is when we help our wedding couples make their own custom wedding day timeline, so they don't miss out on any must-have wedding photos!  You know the ones we are talking about... the bridesmaids reveal, the first look with Daddy, or the ring and invitation detail photos just like you see in all of the wedding magazines??  We personally work with each of our Bella Brides (and their planners) to build in little pockets of time throughout the wedding day so they have magazine-quality photos of their very own!  We also understand that NO wedding goes exactly as planned, so we will be ready to adapt as needed to get those dreamy must-have wedding shots. 

IT'S YOUR WEDDING DAY!

Yay! It's finally here!! All of the hours of preparation have brought you to this one epic moment and we are so excited for you to have this experience. So, sit back, relax, enjoy your wedding, and let us bring the magic to you!! As visual storytellers, every photo we capture plays a role in telling your personal love story.

We arrive early on wedding days just to check in with our wedding couples. Emotions run high, so we are on standby to help as you need it (even if it's not photography related). Our photos will begin with the details (the rings, the invitation suite, the dress and tux, flowers, jewelry, shoes, etc.) and the "getting ready" shots. Matthew concentrates on the Groom, his groomsmen, and the Dads, while Riley-Payton focuses on the Bride, her bridesmaids, and the Moms. We look to creatively capture all of the little details in a magazine-quality style for your wedding album. We take our cues for the must-have shots (details, first look, wedding couple, family, reception, etc.) from your custom wedding day timeline all while sprinkling in lots of candid shots throughout to visually complete your personal love story. When the lights go down, the reception begins, and you know it's time to PARTY! By this point we have photographed the majority of your wedding day: the details, getting ready, the first look, the ceremony, family shots, and the reception/table decor.

When we aren't photographing our wedding couple's first dance together, the parent dances, cake cutting, or toasts, we are downloading photos just taken of your wedding day. We are backing up your photos onsite to keep them safe, culling through them to find our favorites, and creating a SURPRISE for you: your personalized same day edit slideshow and gallery. You and your guests will find a small digital picture frame inside of the reception that will play this slideshow of the collaged photos just taken minutes or hours before. Yay!!! You and your guests get to enjoy your wedding photos during the reception!! To accompany the slideshow, we also provide your guests a small business-card-sized card with a few engagement photos on one side and a link to your online gallery on the other side. When your guests leave, they will be able to view the photos taken hours before through the online gallery link. As a courtesy to our wedding couples, we also upload the same day edit gallery to our Bella Lumiere Photography Facebook page and tag you, the wedding party, vendors, etc. so you can quickly and easily share your exciting news!! And with our wedding couples’ permission, we will submit their wedding to our favorite magazine publications. If your wedding is published, we will be sure to let you know so you can grab a copy and share the exciting news with your friends and family.

Then, on the TUESDAY after your wedding day, your wedding will be featured on the Bella Blog and shared on social media. We just love surprises and that our wedding couples get to relive their dreamy wedding day over and over again!

GALLERY + ALBUM DESIGN

After you return from your honeymoon, we will send you another online gallery chock full of your wedding day memories!  Bella Brides, you are going to want to grab something special to drink together with your hubby as you both enjoy reliving your wedding day through HUNDREDS of photos!  And finally, after your online gallery delivery, we will send your album pre-design for you to begin customizing. 




The Bella Lumiere
BOUTIQUE Experience

This collection includes a full day of coverage, 2 photographers (one dedicated to the bride and her bridesmaids and one dedicated to the groom and his groomsmen), an album for you, an album for the bride's parents, an album for the groom's parents, an engagement session with album, a bridal session with album, digital master copies from the wedding and portrait sessions, an online gallery, and complimentary custom designed thank you cards.

Collection 1

This collection includes a full day of coverage, 2 photographers (one dedicated to the bride and her bridesmaids and one dedicated to the groom and his groomsmen), an album for you, an album for the bride's parents, an album for the groom's parents, digital master copies from the wedding, an online gallery, and complimentary custom designed thank you cards.

Collection 2

This collection includes 10 hours of coverage, 2 photographers (one dedicated to the bride and her bridesmaids and one dedicated to the groom and his groomsmen), an album for you, digital master copies from the wedding, an online gallery, and complimentary custom designed thank you cards.

Collection 3

This collection includes 8 hours of coverage (additional hours are available for an additional cost), 2 photographers (one dedicated to the bride and her bridesmaids and one dedicated to the groom and his groomsmen), an album for you, an online gallery, and complimentary custom designed thank you cards.

Collection 4

This collection includes 6 hours of coverage (additional hours are available for an additional cost), 2 photographers (one dedicated to the bride and her bridesmaids and one dedicated to the groom and his groomsmen), an album for you, an online gallery, and complimentary custom designed thank you cards.

Collection 5

This collection includes up to 2 hours of coverage (additional hours are available for an additional cost), 2 photographers (one dedicated to the bride and one dedicated to the groom), SAME DAY edited photos of your wedding and a SAME DAY edited slideshow, digital master copies from the wedding, an online gallery, and complimentary custom designed thank you cards.  (An album is available as an add on for an additional cost).

Elopement Collection

Collections begin at $250

Bella Lumière Photography offers portrait sessions for all occasions: Engagement, Bridal, Family, Family Reunion, Quinceañera, Prom, Senior, Newborn, Infant, Children, Princess, and Headshots. To us, a portrait session is more than just a few hours of photos and digital images; it's a custom boutique experience focused on visually turning the moment into a memory that will be cherished by all for years to come.  

Portrait Collections

“cherish the moments - tomorrow they'll be memories"

We can't wait to learn more about you and your wedding!

Thank you for taking time to stop by and learn more about the Bella Lumiere experience. And we are so happy that you love our photos enough to request more information! Contact us below to see if we are available for your wedding date and to receive more information about our collections and pricing!  

Fingers crossed! 

We can't wait to learn more about you and your portrait session!

Thank you for taking time to stop by and learn more about the Bella Lumiere experience. And we are so happy that you love our photos enough to request more information! Contact us below to receive more information about our collections and pricing and to schedule a portrait session!

Fingers crossed!