Instagram Wedding

Editors Note: When chatting with APW staffer and photographer Emily, it came up that she wanted to shoot a wedding all on Instagram. I thought that was the coolest thing ever, and hooked her up with my friend Rachel. The resulting photos blew me away. The fact that this wedding was shot and edited on the iPhone only is a testament to what a skilled photographer can do. —Meg

* Rachel & Jelmer * Photographer: Emily Takes Photos * Soundtrack for reading: “The Way You Do the Things You Do” by The Temptations *

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: We tried to keep things simple, fun, and kid friendly.

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The Info—Photographer: Emily Takes Photos / Venue: Las Cumbres Community Center / Rachel’s Dress: French Connection / Jelmer’s Suit: Suit Supply / Wedding Invitations: Minted

Other cool stuff we should know about: We were first married in March, with our parents as witnesses, in the Netherlands. The setting was very different from the Santa Cruz Mountains, and we officially feel as though we have two homes.

We had our guests officiate our wedding in unison. Since we had been married for a month, we did not want to simply go through the steps again. It seemed more fitting to have our friends and family join together to marry us as a way to also symbolize the joining of the families. It was fun for us to watch everyone and a great way to get the whole room together.

Logistically, it was a family affair. The parents did the majority of the work. Rachel’s dad did most of the preparty planning, and her mom did the day-of organization with the caters. Jelmer’s parents set up and took down the decorations. And Rachel’s mom had a friend from work who acted as our bartender too. The only thing we regret is that we misplaced the tequila and couldn’t have margaritas as planned!
Favorite thing about the wedding: The people! We are so lucky to have the nicest, warmest, and most caring friends and family.


Emily’s Note About How The Wedding Was Shot:  After reading “How to Crowdsource Your Wedding Photos with Instagram,” I mentioned to Meg how I thought it might be fun as a professional photographer to shoot and edit a wedding entirely on my iphone. She put me in touch with her friend Rachel, and it worked out that I was able to attend their wedding and shoot it on my phone!

I found myself working harder than normal to get the right photos; normally I can trust my camera to help me make beautiful images, but I was on my own here. The nice thing about using the phone instead of my regular (giant) camera, is that fewer people noticed me taking photos, so it was easier to get candids. I borrowed my husband’s Ollo Clip for some wide-angle shots which helped me in a few tight spaces. All the photos were edited on my iPhone using the PicTapGo app (which I LOVE) and then published on Instagram (I didn’t use the Instagram filters, but I did use the tilt-shift function on some of the images). I did all the cropping in PicTapGo, so some of the photos are square, some I left in the original size (SquareReady is another app you can use to publish photos on Instagram without cropping). (You can read more about this on Emily’s blog today. —M)

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  • JEM

    This is amazing and unbelievably beautiful. So neat.

  • Is there a special prize for spotting Meg in these?

    Great work, Emily!

    • meg

      I’m in Emily’s post TWICE. If you can find me both times there, I mail you a baby.

      (and I know, right????)

      • J

        Green top, cream shirt, baby on hip? And then just to the right of the cake topper, looking at camera in cake picture?

        • Sheila

          I guess no on your first suggestion and yes on the second. But I can’t come up with another guess except somewhere in the background of a group shot!

        • Hey, that’s the dress Meg wore to the LA book signing. That dress is awesome.

      • Dude, you’re in the photo on the bride’s bookshelf in Emily’s post, aren’t you?

        Cheating. (and I was so confused after that tweet)

        • meg

          I am the BRIDE in that photo.

          • I figured that from dress length (and the coloring of the photo looks like the coloring of photos you’ve shared here, if that makes sense. )

          • Oh, but please don’t mail me a baby.

            . . .could you substitute a puppy?

          • meg

            Oh, my baby is better than any puppy. But I’m keeping him, so you’re out of luck.

  • Whoa! How neat. I love how dreamy the photos are.


  • I’ve been following Emily as she posted these, it’s crazy how some of them look like they could be from a dslr. I don’t know if I could ever have the patience to edit so many photos on a phone and not a big screen… but I love how it takes the handicap away of a good camera and makes you work a little harder for the image. She did awesome!

    • meg

      Oh my god though, have you used Pic-tap-go? Emily had me download it at the wedding, and I’m now a dyed in the wool convert. So easy, and it gives you so much personalized control, by allowing you to create your own recipes for filters.

  • Viv

    Woohoo! These are great Emily! Way to show everyone that it’s the photographer and not the equipment that makes beautiful photos!

  • Emily

    I love that Emily was all, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” and then she DID IT. And the photos look amazing to boot!

  • Wow! I’m amazed at the variety of moods and effects captured with only a single (theoretically very limited) tool. What a testament to talent and craft.

    Also, LOVE the group-officiating. This sounds and looks like it was a wonderful experience!

    • meg

      What Emily didn’t say here, but we discussed at the wedding (I took a few pictures too, though none here, and nothing particularly to write home about), is what’s SO limiting with the iPhone is the camera’s speed (or total lack there of). You take a photo, and there is a lag time and a blur, so it’s CRAZY hard to get what you were going for, which means you sort of have to frame and continuous shoot, if people are in motion, and then make it work.

      So yeah, skill indeed.

  • Hope

    I love the little Dutch flags in the cheese! Wish I had them at my wedding!

    • When’s your wedding? I could look for them and send you some! (They can’t be heavy!)

  • Thanks for all the kind comments! I had so much fun with this project :)

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  • MissStumptown

    These are so amazing and give me so much hope! We don’t have a photographer for our small, at home wedding in a month and are hoping to use our friend’s iPhones and instagram to document it all. I’m crossing my fingers that we get a couple awesome shots (like the ones Emily took!) somewhere in the lot of photos we get!

  • Beautiful, joyous wedding. Beautiful photos. What more could we ask for on a Wednesday afternoon?

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  • GiantInvitations

    What a wonderful wedding! Love how each family member cooperated to make the event successful. So inspiring!