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There’s nothing more exciting than getting to plan one of the best days of your life! We would be honored to capture all the events around your big day and turn them into beautiful memories you’ll have to share for the rest of your life. ...and we get it. There’s so much that goes into planning and finding all the perfect vendors for your wedding day. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed—don’t worry! You’re certainly not alone, we want to make this as easy and enjoyable as possible.

We know photography is one of the larger investments you're making for your wedding day and we're humbled that you're considering us! Whether you're planning an event with several hundred guests or a small gathering, likely there are a lot of moving pieces leading up to your big day.

Having photographed more than 100 weddings over the last 3 years, we tend to get asked the same things over and over again. We thought it would be beneficial to put together a guide that walks you through everything from session pricing to commonly asked questions. We hope you find this helpful, and we would love to schedule a consultation when you're ready! Congratulations again and enjoy this process!

- Stephanie and Charles Axtell

married!

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2020 wedding guide

wedding photography & videography booking information

the booking process

01. schedule a consultation

02. choose your collection

03. book your date

If this is your first time planning a wedding - don't worry, it is for nearly all of our clients. We're here to help and guide you through the entire process to choose the perfect wedding collection for you. The best place to start is by setting up a complimentary consultation with us. We can't help unless we know who you are and what all your must-have photo & video items are!

Why do we call it that? For us, wedding photography and videography isn't a one-day-only session. It's a collection of multiple sessions, multiple galleries and videos, albums, canvases, etc. of your whole journey to "I do." We always include Engagement Sessions with each collection as it’s both a way for us to get to know you just as much as it’s an opportunity for you to "take us on a test drive" so to speak. Then of course collections also include the images, videos, books, canvases, and more surrounding your wedding day.

Psst! We can tailor each collection to fit your needs. Ask us about custom collections during your consultation!

In order to book your wedding date, engagement session, bridals and more, we require a 25% down payment of your total collection. We’ll sign a contract together to ensure you get everything we promise to deliver.

A typical SAPV couple invests an average for $3900 for their photography collections. Ready to chat?

Wedding Collection with
approximately 1000+ images 

Engagement Session
10 hours of wedding coverage
2nd photographer
Choose 2 of the Following:
Bridal Session, Boudoir Session,
Keepsake Box, or
a 12" x 12" Lay-Flat Photo Book

$4550.00

All collections come with a complimentary Engagement Session, 8 hours of wedding day coverage, a digital online gallery, a full editing suite (color correction, toning, straightening), 3 entire gallery downloads of all images, print releases for the couple, and a limited copyright release to share your photos online (you just can't sell your photos because if your wedding images make millions with Vogue magazine, well... we'd like to be part of that too!). All collections are subject to state sales tax.

The Diamond Collection

Wedding Collection with
approximately 800+ images 

Engagement Session
8 hours of wedding coverage
2nd photographer
Choose 1 of the Following:
Bridal Session, Boudoir Session,
Keepsake Box, or
a 12" x 12" Lay-Flat Photo Book

$3900.00

The Sapphire collection

Wedding Collection with
approximately 600+ images 

Engagement Session
8 hours of wedding coverage
1 photographer

$3250.00

The Jade Collection

wedding photography

Pssst! Think of these as starting points - we're happy to tweak any collection to fit all your wedding needs! 

a la carte add-ons

Extra Hours - $125/hr per professional
Bridal Session with Canvas - $550.00
Boudoir Session with Keepsake Book - $700.00
Save the Date Custom Design - starts at $150.00
2nd Photographer (for 8 hours) - $400.00
2nd Videographer (for 8 hours) - $500.00
Lay-Flat Keepsake Book (12" x 12") - starts at $525.00
Signature Lay-Flat Photo Album (12" x 12") - starts at $1500.00
Parent Photo Albums (10" x 10") - starts at $875.00
Keepsake Box with 200 4x6 Prints & USB - $600.00
Large Canvas (20" x 30") - starts at $300.00
Large Framed Print (20" x 30") - starts at $350.00
Rehearsal Dinner Photography - starts at $300.00
Rehearsal Dinner Videography - starts at $500.00

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Extra Hours - $125/hr per professional
Bridal Session with Canvas - $550.00
Boudoir Session with Keepsake Book - $700.00
Save the Date Custom Design - starts at $150.00
2nd Photographer (for 8 hours) - $400.00
2nd Videographer (for 8 hours) - $500.00
Lay-Flat Keepsake Book (12" x 12") - starts at $525.00
Signature Lay-Flat Photo Album (12" x 12") - $1500.00
Parent Photo Albums (10" x 10") - starts at $875.00
Keepsake Box with 200 4x6 Prints & USB - $600.00
Large Canvas (20" x 30") - starts at $300.00
Large Framed Print (20" x 30") - starts at $350.00
Rehearsal Dinner Photography - starts at $300.00
Rehearsal Dinner Videography - starts at $500.00

14 hours of Wedding Coverage across multiple days. (Planning a spectacular wedding weekend? This is for you!)

Wedding Videography Collection completed with 3 videos:

Full Ceremony Video
5-6 Minute Highlight Video
15+ Minute Wedding Film
3-4 Bonus Clips

$5600.00

Relive all the smiles, happy tears, toasts, and real interactions that happen on a wedding day... including the ones you might not get to see too!

We are so proud to share our passion for video design with our wedding videography collections. Your wedding day is so important - like, crazy super important (we totally get it!) - and it’s over in a flash. But to us - your wedding video isn't just a wedding video - it's an heirloom: a precious memory you can share with your children, friends, and family who might not have been able to physically be there. It's about witnessing the love you two share for each other AND the love shared by your friends and family. Not to mention, it's always nice to hear your vows on a rainy day or Dad's amazing tear-inducing toast (especially when you might need that little pick-me-up from a loved one's voice).

Simply put - there's nothing more important to us than capturing the memories that mean the most to you.

With three video collections to start with, we can help fit the needs of every couple. The day of, we will come equipped with 2-3 cameras and dedicated audio recorders. The best part? We make it a priority to get to know you before the event - how you met, what makes you laugh, how you proposed, even what kind of music you listen to together. We're sure to design a video that's beautiful and personal to each couple! Send us a message - we'd love to tell you more!

the premium collection

10 hours of Wedding Coverage (Relive all the happy tears, toasts, vows, and cheers from the entire day.)

Wedding Videography Collection completed with 2 videos:

Full Ceremony Video
8-10 Minute Featured Video
3-4 Bonus Clips

$4450.00

The featured collection

8 hours of Wedding Coverage
(A beautifully curated collection of the best moments from your day.)

Wedding Videography Collection completed with 2 videos:

Full Ceremony Video
5-6 Minute Highlight Video
1-2 Bonus Clips

$3600.00

The highlight Collection

wedding videography

Pssst! Think of these as starting points - we're happy to tweak any collection to fit all your wedding needs! 

Relive all the smiles, happy tears, toasts, and real interactions that happen on a wedding day... and the ones you might not have seen too! Simply put - there's nothing more important to us than capturing the memories that mean the most to you.

With three video collections to start from, we can help fit the needs of every bride and groom. The day of, we will come equipped with 2-3 cameras and dedicated audio recorders. The best part? We make it a priority to get to know you - how you met, what makes you laugh, how you proposed, even what kind of music you listen to together. That way we're sure to design a video that's beautiful and personal to each couple. So how do we do it? Send us a message - we'd love to tell you more!

exclusive sapv wedding offer

recieve 10% off

when you book photography & videography together

Instead of hiring separate photography and videography companies, we know how to work together to make sure your wedding day is captured from every angle possible. We know that when we give a prompt for photography, that same prompts will look great for video as well: afterall, your wedding day is special - and it's not our place to make it to much of a “production” so to speak. But, it is our mission to make sure your love is captured in the best and fullest way possible.

Schedule a consultation today find out more about how-we-do, what-we-love-to-do.

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Love Notes & testimonials

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100% RECOMMEND - BEST MONEY YOU'LL EVER SPEND!

I did a TON of research on photographers and videographers for our big day because that was the thing we cared the most about.... Well I am SO happy I did because Stephanie and her husband Charles were the absolute best--I mean, like, we keep talking about how awesome not just our photos are, but how awesome *the people* were to work with. I was nervous that photographers would be cheesy or force-fit candid pictures and it would be uncomfortable behind the scenes (despite the pictures being great), but those concerns were immediately put to rest. Stephanie was very easy to work with, accommodating and also gave great advice no matter the questions we threw at her. The photos came out BEAUTIFUL! Looking back I can't imagine having anyone else there with us along the journey -- I would recommend Stephanie Axtell Photography in a heartbeat to anyone!!

Amazing experience and photos!!

From the first phone call I had with Stephanie, I knew we had to have her capture our wedding! She was super easy to talk to and it was evident she was super passionate about what she is doing! My husband and I first did our engagement photo session with Stephanie. We arrived a little nervous and unsure of what to expect, but Stephanie blew us away!

Day of the wedding Stephanie and her husband were awesome!! She went above and beyond that day and even helped me as I struggled getting into my dress. She also captured every special moment from the day. I am so happy we had Stephanie there for one of the best days of our life! She not only is wonderful, but so are her photos!! We really cannot pick a favorite because there are so many we love! I highly recommend Stephanie Axtell for your wedding! Thank you so much for everything!!

Best Decision for your Wedding! 

Stephanie is your best option in a photographer. Period. The pictures she captures are not only in the perfect locations, angles, lighting, moments, but you can sense that the pictures are planned and developed with meticulous planning and experience. The photos are amazing, but they aren’t even the best part of Stephanie’s services. Her priority when photographing your event is ensuring that it occurs as successfully as possible. This is something that is hard to find in a photographer, so make sure to experience it yourself! We could not be happier with our decision to hire Stephanie for our wedding, so make sure you are the next client on her list!

Can’t recommend her enough!

I would recommend Stephanie to anyone!! She was great at communication, willing to accommodate all my requests, and did an outstanding job at capturing my wedding despite the rain. Stephanie didn’t care how drenched she got in order to get the perfect shots and didn’t complain once, not to mention the photos came out amazing!! Can’t thank her enough!

While we can't name everyone - here's a list of a some of the tried and true professionals from the Wilmington, NC area that we've worked alongside. 

(We promise to continue to update this as we capture more weddings!)

wedding planners

wedding dress shops

wedding flowers

wedding sweets

wedding dj

wedding beauty

live bands

wedding invitations

wedding Catering

wedding TRANSPORTATION

wedding officiant

VENDOR LIST

"The Best Day EVER" doesn't happen without the best team ever.

While we can't name everyone - here's a list of a some of the tried and true professionals from the Wilmington, NC area that we've worked alongside. 

(We promise to continue to update this as we capture more weddings!)

VENDOR LIST

"The Best Day EVER" doesn't happen without the best team ever. 

wedding officiant

wedding invitations

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I know what you're thinking...

It's the big, green, ugly monster that everyone wants to know, but perhaps can't begin to understand: "why is wedding photography so expensive?" Some wedding photographers fall short at explaining what exactly goes into their pricing, so I wanted to take a moment to explain why our pricing is the way it is, and assure you of what you can expect, and the experience you're getting when you choose one of our collections.

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What if we don't have a Wedding Date Yet?

That’s perfectly fine! We know its hard to narrow down all the amazing venues in the area, but we do need to have a fixed day before moving to contract. That being said—May and October go like wildfire for us (which is a great thing), but if your considering one of those months you may want to settle on your date sooner rather than later.

How many hours of Wedding Coverage will we have?

No matter the wedding, we want to cover the entire day. Minimum, you’ll have 8 hours of wedding coverage—getting ready photos, details, ceremony, formals, to finally the reception—to get you the best story of your wedding. But of course there's always options to add on more time if you need it!

How many Photos will we get, and do we own them?

Depending on your collection, you will receive anywhere from 40-70 photos per hour of coverage. Our largest collection easily gives over 1000 images, while our smallest gives closer to 500 to start with!

And yes—you own your photos once completed. What's that mean? Every wedding comes with a Digital Gallery, Full-Gallery Downloads, and a Print Release to view and take your photos with you for years to come. So you can share, download, and print your photos whenever, wherever!

What does the Booking process look like?

In order to lock us in for your date, we require a 25% retainer fee (photographer talk for non-refundable deposit), as well as a signed contract that simply states everything we've talked about and promise to deliver. Then we're yours! Other sessions included in your wedding collection can be booked at point in time before your wedding day. 

What's it like working as a Photo / Video team?

We can have anywhere from a single photographer at your wedding to 4 total professionals with cameras in hand. And we treat it just like it sounds: a team. The advantage of having the same company capture photo and video is that we know how to "pose" or "prompt" in a way that looks great for both photo & video. It takes less time, yet we can capture more this way. That way your wedding day is less of a hollywood production, and more of a celebration of love (as it should be). Photos and Videos are all edited by Stephanie Axtell, so what you'd receive always compliment each other by having the same style and attention to detail!

How do you pick music for our Wedding Video?

Great question! Based on answers from our videography questionnaire, we listen to dozens and dozens of songs from a large database of professional, licensed music until we find the perfect-fit song just for you two. Something that enhances the story already unfolding from the video clips of your day. Think of it more as a soundtrack than a music video, as we try to showcase audio from your wedding day in your videos, be it from the ceremony, vows, letters, or toasts. (And doing it this ways helps protect you and us from copyright infringement, because we want you to share your videos with the whole world!)

Are you able to Travel? Is there a fee?

Absolutely! We would love to capture any wedding wherever your heart takes you. Travel is included in a 100 mile radius around our base of operations, and so travel fees may apply if your outside of that. Just ask us for details, but we LOVE to travel. We frequently have weddings across North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington DC, Indiana, and will also visit Virginia, and Connecticut in 2020. We plan on growing this frequency list much more in the years to come! We can travel internationally as well.

(And i'm being super-cereal, getting to know you is half the fun!). I'd love to know how I can best capture your life's moments!

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