The process of selecting wedding vendors can be a bit overwhelming, as there are seemingly so many to line up. From your florist to your photographer to your entertainment and everything in between, not only are you making a ton of decisions, but you’re also committing to spending a great deal of money on these carefully selected vendors.
We’ve started a series of interviews with famous wedding vendors, today we’ve Jeffrey de Belle, OWNER & PHOTOGRAPHER at Debelle Photography with us. We hope you will enjoy this interview with him as much as we enjoyed interviewing him.
Q&A with Jeffrey de Belle
• What common mistakes do you see couples making?
Not taking the time to put together a great schedule for the day & to try to plan to that schedule.
A propper wedding day schedule can be prepared weeks if not months in advance & putting together a schedule where all the vendors know exactly what to expect from them will help couples so much in having a fluid non-stressful day.
It all starts with hair & make-up and to be sure that they are aware what time you need to be ready by. Often enough, we see hair and make-up being completed too late in the morning which does not allow the proper time and results in people rushing out the door to try to get to their ceremony on time.
• What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?
Call us :-)
We will help put together the entire schedule for the day to help ensure that everything runs smoothly :-)
• What don’t couples know about your business that they need to know?
We have photographed over 3000 weddings & our experience will help you to plan out a great day.
There are tons of great wedding photographers all over North America, but what sets us apart is our experience & our understanding that the wedding is about you, not us.
Our role is to capture the day & help the flow of the day so that everything is super enjoyable.
Not only do we take great photos & videos, but we also help to make your day extra enjoyable.
• What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?
There are too many to list out, this article would turn into a novel……& this is where experience plays a major role.
Because for most couples, this is the first time they are doing this…getting married…so everything is new to them…without reading a book on “how to plan your wedding”, most couples sort their way through planning a wedding by reading articles, talking to friends that already got married, etc, etc…but the reality is that there are endless details when it comes to planning a wedding, literally, endless.
My advice is that when you deal with experienced professionals, they are aware of all these details and they know how to handle them throughout the day.
• What is your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?
Hire professionals, not your uncle or best friend that thinks they can do this.
• What’s the most unusual wedding you’ve ever had?
I don’t really have one particular one that comes to mind. When I think of something unusual, I’m thinking about things that are perhaps different to me and things that I have not seen before.
This comes into play more with some of the intricate cultural differences that we get to see by photographing so many different religions & cultures.
People often ask us “are you not bored after photographing so many weddings?” and the answer is No! :-) What makes our job so enjoyable is the different people we meet and the different cultures that we photograph.
For us, the decor or where you are getting married is truly secondary, as we have seen so many beautiful things over the years. Yes, the details are important, but for us, it is about the people we meet and their differences, and our ability to capture them and their essence.
• What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked on, and why?
There are a lot of these, as we have been blessed to have photographed so many beautiful weddings all over the world over the years.
One that comes to mind is a wedding we photographed in Tuscany, Italy, in an old mansion at the top of a wine vineyard overlooking the valley.
The wedding took place during sunset, with Italian opera singers, amazing food & wine, and a setting that you could only dream about actually existing.
The couple was from Montreal & they flew in all of their friends and family, about 180 of them so that they could enjoy this experience with them. A very generous family that wanted to give an experience of a lifetime to everyone they cared about.
About Debelle Photography
de Belle Photography is a Montreal based company specializing in photojournalism and candid imagery coupled with a fashion flare. Jeffrey de Belle launched de Belle Photography in 1994 and within a few years had amassed a large local following.
Today, de Belle Photography has 6 main photographers, including Jeffrey, a team of assistant photographers, graphic artists, sales coordinator, management and administration. They are one of the largest and most reputable wedding photography companies in Montreal, photographing well over 2500 weddings.