MY ACCOUNT
Checkout
photographers
SHOP

Wedding Wednesday

A DIY Bride’s Must Haves

Wedding Wednesday

filed in:

I'm Katelyn James Alsop, a photographer, educator and momma who believes any photographer can have a profitable AND purposeful business.

WELCOME

Top Categories

Browse All

read more

WEDDINGS

Browse All

EDUCATION

Browse All

PERSONAL

A wintery boston wedding

w/ inside, dark ceremony

KJ ALL ACCESS

WATCH ME SHOOT weddings
Come join over 3,000 other photographers from around the world & become my virtual third shooter! 
FREE TRIAL
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ

Browse Series

 Baby James Story

Our Home

Our Kids

Ask Anything

return of Wedding Wednesday posts are happening because I feel like a bride again. We’ve spent the last two weeks working on projects, collecting white porcelain platters and writing on chalkboards. My sister’s wedding is in 2 days. AH! And we’re so excited! Now I wouldn’t call be sister’s wedding full fledged DIY… but we did have a few projects that we needed to get done. We have hired my sweet friend and incredibly talented floral designer, Amanda Veronee to make Joe and Emily’s wedding really come together with color! And so we just needed to piece together some accents to carry the theme and add some unique elements to the day.

As we were working in my garage…. breathing in way too many spray paint fumes… I realized that there were several key tools that every DIY bride should probably have! These few items made our crafting a breeze!! so here are the must haves and little sneak peek of Joe and Emy’s big day! :

1. Powered Staple Gun & Extra Hot Glue Gun! 

2. AWESOME Colored Spray Paint! We found this at Michael’s and it’s the perfect shade of Coral! 3. Chalkboard Paint and Chalkboard PENS! These pens have become my new best friends! I’ve been writing on Chalkboards like it’s my job!  And this is just a little peek at Joe and Emy’s Navy and Coral Barn wedding!! So fun! It’s going to be a beautiful day! Praying for no rain!!! 

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

Behind the Image: Family Session

Average vs. Epic Family Portrait Subtle changes you can make!

When I’m scrolling on Instagram or looking through images after a shoot, some images just stand out and capture my attention more than others! 

READ MORE
Youtube

I don’t know if I have ever photographed a more gracious bride in the most horrendous heat! Seriously, Kelsey is a literal angel on earth. She brought her entire family to Virginia from South Dakota for this portrait session and was so incredibly kind even in the midst of 100 degree heat and humidity!

READ MORE

Tom + Kelsey A Mountainside Vow Renewal

Weddings
Portrait Lens Comparison

Portrait Lens Competition Which one is best?!

Lenses are NOT cheap, so when you invest, you want to make sure you’re choosing the best option! 

READ MORE
Youtube
Wedding Day 101: Groom Prep

Wedding Day 101: Groom Prep How to win over the Groomsmen!

If you think about a wedding day and the part that makes you cringe is having to interact and direct the groomsmen, I get it.

READ MORE
Youtube

This was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever seen, but the timeline didn’t quite pan out like we had planned.. The rings got lost, hair & makeup went long, storms were rolling in and there were some stressful moments!

Dark & Stormy Wedding Portraits
READ MORE

Dark & Stormy Wedding Portraits 3 Tips for Amazing Images!

Youtube

Kevin + Emily | Engaged A Constitution Gardens Engagement Session

You’re not going to believe this but this session was probably our easiest DC engagement session to date! We had glow, no crowed, a beautiful setting and the most wonderful couple!

READ MORE
Engaged

READER FAVORITES

"Best money I have EVER spent on education! ... and I've spent a lot!”

- Kara Abbey, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"I love all the lessons I'm learning from KJ All Access! Thanks Katelyn!”

- Shannon Drummond, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"I find very few educational resources worth it ... this one is!”

- Kate gansneder, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"Recently signed up for KJ All Access and it's EVERYTHING!”

- Kassidy Mowery, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"Being able to see behind-the-scenes of Katelyn interacting with her clients has been SO impactful!”

- Angie mcpherson, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"Recently signed up for KJ All Access and it's EVERYTHING!”

- Kassidy Mowery, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"SO worth it! It's amazing the amount of knowledge you get out of them!”

- Brittany Lowe, ALl ACCESS MEMBER

"I learned just as much in one All Access as I did in a whole course! SO GOOD!"

- Joanna Krueger, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER
10 Steps to Starting Your Photography Business
Helping a friend survive a season of Infant Loss
How to photograph a first look in Harsh Light
OUR KJ COUPLES REUNION
A Lake Como Destination Wedding - Greg and Kate
A Letter to the Go-Getters fearful of Motherhood

The KJ blog
must-reads

The KJ Blog is where you get to know me, where you meet our KJ Couples and see their beautiful wedding days, where I have been building an archive of education for over a decade and where I let you see a peek into our life, our home, and hear about our purpose! 
don't miss the
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ

YOUTUBE

Join 55,000+ others and learn, grow and get connected via our Youtube Channel! This is where I'm constantly sharing new content, talking all things gear, business, tips, tricks and letting you into the behind-the-scenes of our everyday life! 
MORE FREE EDUCATION + CUTE BABIES ON
WATCH NOW

"I have invested in all of KJ’s education!

The way she teaches makes so much sense and I’m so grateful for her! My business will be forever changed!"

- Renee Nicolo

"KJ education has been life-changing

 It has elevated my work so I could quit my day job and work from home with our baby boy!"

- joanna k.

"I'VE INVESTED IN SO MANY RESOURCES... 

and none compare to what I get from KJ!"

- LAUREN M.