2020 online wedding guide

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 so honored you're considering us! Even if you're planning an event with several hundred guests or a small gather, 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. So 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

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Our mission is to present genuine, authentic love stories. Inspired by you.

STEPHANIE AXTELL PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY IS BASED OUT OF WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA. WE'RE ALSO AVAILABLE TO TRAVEL NATIONWIDE.

In 2019, we captured our 100th wedding. In 2020 we aim to capture weddings better than ever, and that starts with the best team ever.
 
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, those same prompts will look great on video as well. Afterall, your wedding day is so special - its not our place to make it too 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 to find out how-we-do, what-we-love-to-do!

a photography & videography dream team

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Love Notes

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!

Stephanie was an absolute DREAM to work with for our engagement session and wedding photography... It's hard to even put into words how incredible her work truly is. She has an eye and unique style that is can't go unnoticed. The engagement shoot - We had a complete BLAST - laughing and smiling the entire time - which ensured that our wedding photos would turn out just as we envisioned. Whether you have had experience with that or not, Stephanie knows how to make you look amazing and capture your true relationship with your partner on camera! If you want an incredible professional who can help create memories for you with passion, talent, and a personal touch, look no further than Stephanie Axtell Photography. She is responsive, will travel out of state (she did this for us!), fun to work with, and has undeniable talent.

Stephanie is simply put the best. She did our engagement photos, my bridal session, and videography and photography for our wedding. I’ve never been so impressed! Stephanie and her team were polite and caring. They also did whatever it took to get the shots that I wanted. Any time that anyone asks me about who to go for photography I always tell them to go to her. Honestly, the best money we’ve ever spent because the pictures from this special time in our life will last forever!! Please go with Stephanie for your photography needs! You will not be disappointed!

- caleb g.

- caitlin m.

- Mia m.

When it came to my wedding, the most important thing to me was to have amazing photos to cherish with my husband for the rest of our lives. I am so glad that we chose Stephanie to capture our day. We were honestly blown away by how perfect our photos were. She somehow captured the feel of my reception perfectly. Also I cannot rave enough about her detail photos!! If you are considering choosing her, DO IT! You will not be disappointed.

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! 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!!

Stephanie took our engagement pictures, my bridal portraits and our day of photography for our wedding. Stephanie was so easy to work with -- our engagement pictures had to be rescheduled due to the hurricane and we were able to reschedule quickly. Photography was one of the most important things to us and we are so pleased with how our pictures came out (plus the turn around time was unusually quick!!) Stephanie was always quick to respond to any questions I had and worked well with my wedding planner to help coordinate the timing of our wedding day! We are so glad we chose to work with Stephanie!

- Kristen b.

- CHANEY e.

- EMILY H.

Excellent wedding photos. Stephanie is priced fair and does great work. She shot our engagement photos and wedding photos. Both turned out awesome! She used a second photographer (as is pretty much protocall) and captured some really cool moments. We had an extensive shot list and although it burdened her quite a bit, she was able to accomodate our shot list as well as add her own creative shots for our wedding pictures. She communicated well before the event and more importantly, on the day of our wedding. We found her very easy to talk to and communicate with, although she took charge in the few moments she needed to in order to get some solid photos. Overall she did and excellent job and we would recommend her to future couples looking for a photographer who communicates well, and takes incredible photos.

My husband and I hired Stephanie for our wedding, and we could not have made a better decision! We met with many photographers before her, but her professionalism, sweet personality, and beautiful photos won us over! She shot our engagement session, my boudoir shoot, and our wedding. She made us feel so comfortable, made us laugh, and truly captured our personalities and our love. She got our photos back to us so quickly for our engagement and my boudoir shoot. She also gave us a preview of about 50 wedding photos the day after our wedding. I would absolutely recommend Stephanie to any engaged couples!

We received our 5+ minute wedding video plus a 10+ minute video of the ceremony in well under 2 months which was a couple weeks under what we got promised on and we have been watching it multiple times a day ever since! They captured all of the best parts of the day and even included a couple sentimental moments that meant the world to my wife and I but would probably go unnoticed to most. They were both so personable and friendly that they felt like part of the family. They let us be ourselves and made themselves fit perfectly into the days timeline. We were never once stressed about anything and they were both extremely polite. After seeing the few minutes of short videos, they will make you wish you had them do the whole night! If you’re looking for a fun, flexible, and extremely professional videographer, than Stephanie is the one for you. Thanks you both again so much!

- CHRISTINA B.

- HANNAH B.

- Nick M.

Ohhh engagement sessions. Aside from the obvious perk of having beautiful photos to show off to all your friends and family leading up to your wedding day, this is also the first opportunity to get a feel for how we  work. There’s a saying that I’ve inherited as my own - stop posing, and start playing.

“We don’t really like photos. We’re just kind of awkward in front of the camera.” Uh-huh. That’s what they all say.

One of the most common phrases I hear from my couples is just this. And so, we take a little extra effort into making your experience with us... well, experiences! Fun-filled sessions that result in stunning memories! We do this by giving you and your partner little things to do with each other, this helps to capture a little more candid, happy photos and a little less “deer in the headlights” moments. 

Think of engagement sessions as a way to take us on a test-drive. Engagement sessions are a great way to get to know how we work, our style of posing, and just get some practice in front of the camera! And the obvious perk - you could include these photos on your save-the-dates!

engagement sessions

ENGAGEMENT SESSIONs START AT $450.00

What is it, and why should I schedule one? 

A bridal portrait session is a fairly old and specifically Southern tradition that began in Europe. The bride schedules a portrait session focusing solely on herself which takes place well before the wedding day. She is photographed dressed in her wedding dress and she might also have her hair and makeup done by the same person she is planning on using for her wedding day. The resulting bridal photos are kept secret, and in many cases a large canvas from the session is later displayed at the wedding reception.

Bridal sessions are a chance to capture beautiful, stress-free portraits. It is the perfect time to capture photos of you all glammed up when you have your trial hair and makeup with your day-of artist. You’ll still have photos taken of just you on your wedding day, but this is a chance to get extra special photos without being worried about your timeline. You’re going to spend so much time planning out your bridal “look.” It makes sense to dedicate 1-2 hours of bridal photography to capture all of your hard work! Plus, I personally think it’s a lot of fun!

bRIDAL sessions

Every woman is beautiful. 

However, not every woman knows this. I hear ladies say "this is so outside of my comfort zone, I could never do that" or "I'm just not happy with the way that I look." It excites me to tell you that this kind of thinking could not be more wrong! Boudoir photography is for you - yes, you! After a session with me you'll be ready to rock that runway girl! Boudoir is my favorite session to offer (shh!) because I can see the moment when a woman feels sexy and beautiful. That's the secret behind great boudoir photos... that's what I'm here to capture. Boudoir photos are for every woman - tall, short, curvy, dark, fair - everyone. Additionally, boudoirs are a great way to surprise your partner before or on your wedding day, or for any other special reason afterwards 'cause hey - you're so beautiful, you don't need a special reason to show that off!  

Boudoir sessions are completed in my home studio with a hair and makeup artist to help get you ready for the session. It's a way of pampering yourself and help bring out your natural beauty (and you also don't have to worry about doing your hair and makeup yourself! Yay!) We always encourage you to bring a friend or two - it's way more fun to have mimosas with friends. After your session, we'll pick your favorite photos and make an 8x8" keepsake book for you to share or keep for yourself.

bOUDOIR sessions

BRIDAL SESSIONS START AT $550.00

BOUDOIR SESSIONS START AT $650.00

Boudoir sessions are so much fun when you have someone to share the experience with! When you book with a friend, or maybe you gift a mini session to your bridesmaids, you and your favorite ladies will be together for an amazing morning of beauty, posing & mimosas! Each will have hair & makeup, and have their own keepsake album as well. And the best part? 

"Sexy Ladies" deal

Take $100.00 off when you and a friend book back-to-back sessions!

All collections come with an engagement session, minimum 8 hours of wedding day coverage, a digital gallery, full editing suite (color correction, toning, straightening), 3 complimentary downloads of all images, print releases for the couple, and a limited copyright release to share your photos online. All collections are subject to state sales tax.

wedding photography 

Wedding Collection with
approximately 900 images*

Engagement Session
10 Hours of wedding coverage
2nd Photographer
Choose 2 of the Following:
Bridal Session, Boudoir Session,
Keepsake Box, or
a Lay-Flat Photo Album

$4400.00

THE DIAMOND COLLECTION

Wedding Collection with
approximately 700 images*

Engagement Session
8 Hours of wedding coverage
2nd Photographer
Choose 1 of the Following:
Bridal Session, Boudoir Session,
Keepsake Box, or
a Lay-Flat Photo Album

$3750.00

THE Sapphire COLLECTION

Wedding Collection with
approximately 500 images*

Engagement Session
8 Hours of wedding coverage

$3000.00

THE JADE COLLECTION

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The only thing better than having beautiful photos from your wedding day, is getting to relive your day over and over again. 

We're extremely proud to share our passion for Video design with our Wedding Videography Collections. With three video collections to choose from, we can help fit the needs of every Bride and Groom. The day of, we will come equipped with 2-3 cameras and 3 separate audio recorders. And the best part - we make it a priority to personalize videos to each couple. Prior to your wedding day, we will sit down and go over style preferences, editing options, "must-have" moments, and other likes and dislikes from music, colors, fonts, etc. With a little collaboration, you will have a video unlike any other. All collections are subject to state sales tax.

wedding Videography

Video collection completed with 2 videos:
a full ceremony video and a 4-6 minute highlight video. Minimum 8 hours of wedding coverage.

$3200.00

THE HIGHLIGHT COLLECTION

Video collection completed with 2 videos:
a full ceremony video and an 8-10 minute featured video. Minimum 8 hours of wedding coverage.

$4000.00

THE featured COLLECTION

Video collection completed with 3 videos: a full ceremony video, a highlight video, and a personal wedding movie.
Up to 14 hours of coverage that can be split across multiple days.

$5000.00

THE PREMIUM COLLECTION

VIEW VIDEOGRAPHY GALLERY

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.

FAQ's

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I know what you're thinking...

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.

WHAT IF WE DON’T HAVE A WEDDING DATE YET?

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.

HOW MANY HOURS OF WEDDING COVERAGE WILL WE HAVE?

Depending on your collection, you will receive anywhere from 40-70 photos per hour. Our largest collection easily gives over 900 images, while our smallest gives closer to 500 to start with! And yes—you own your photos once completed. 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.

HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE GET AND DO WE OWN THEM?

A typical wedding collection turn-around is 4-6 weeks, though in our busiest months it can take 6-8  weeks. For videos, a typical turn around time is 8-12 weeks to allow for your photos to be finished, and enough time to be  completely creative with our story-telling process. We know the wait can be agonizing, but we only take this amount of time to ensure every photo and video has our seal of approval! To help ease the wait, we always post a small “preview” selection within a day or two of your wedding to share with all your friends and family on the interwebs.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS BACK?

Absolutely! We would love to capture any wedding wherever your heart takes you. In fact, we frequently  have weddings in North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington DC, Indiana, and will also visit Virginia, Connecticut and Minnesota in 2020. We plan on  growing this frequency list much more in the years to come! We can travel internationally as well.

ARE YOU ABLE TO TRAVEL?

Let's talk about all those                            details together!

Let's talk about all those wonderful details together!

To see full galleries, receive a copy of our wedding pricing guide, or get your portrait or boudoir session on the calendar, don't be shy! Say hello and tell me what you're looking for. I promise to respond quick as a bunny!  (Typically within 24 to 48 hours). 

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