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Feature Friday: Echard Wheeler Photography

How long have you been a photographer?

I started way back in 1998, where I was originally a film photographer! It’s crazy to have seen all the changes and trends throughout the years but it also hits home the importance of not allowing them to influence your work too much. From day one, it’s always been about documentary wedding photography, shooting those real moments to guarantee your wedding story is timeless.

 

Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography

How would you describe your style of photography?

I call myself a wedding photo-journalist. I definitely shoot all the beautiful portraiture and details but I am also intent on telling your wedding day story in the most natural way possible and capture how it feels because in the long run when you look through your wedding day gallery, that’s what I want you to remember.

What details do you believe make the best photographs?

I love those in-between moments. I think those fleeting, honest snippets really tell the story of the day. Most of the time my most ecstatic reactions from clients are over these special, forgotten moments when they didn’t even know I was watching.

 

What is your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?

You know, it’s all good. Being in it for 20 years, I’ve seen it grow from a tight knit group to this expansive crowd now. And though I may not know as many of the people in it, as it’s exploded, we’re still a pretty solid community overall and enjoy working together every weekend. There’s this easy camaraderie we all have with each other working towards making the day as perfect as possible. We’re a pretty lucky group to share in one of the happiest days of a family’s life.

 

Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography

What is the most difficult thing about photography and what is the most rewarding when it comes to weddings?

Hmmm, I don’t know about difficult but with pinterest and instagram there may be more managing of expectations. A lot of images that might be initially desired are actually created under super unique and controlled circumstances. But I swear, the couples I seem to click with are literally just the best and luckily we always seem completely in sync by the time the wedding day rolls around! With such a crowded field, I never lose sight of the fact that it’s an honor that they chose me – trusted me – to document their day, so I really take that seriously and feel rewarded by that.

 

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give couples who are looking for a photographer?

Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography

Really research your photographer. Explore their portfolio to make sure it fits your vision. Is their style consistent and compelling? Dive deep, ask to see reception photos. Make sure you hire a professional that knows how to handle the rhythm and pace of a sometimes hectic and challenging day because experience matters. Schedule a phone call or in person meeting to make sure your personalities are compatible – you’re going to spend the majority of the day together so you’ll want to make sure the comfort level is perfect!

 

 

Come to Lesner Inn‘s Open House this January 25, 2020 from 2P-5P to meet Echard Wheeler or for more information:

site / echard-wheeler.com
insta / @echardwheelerphoto
facebook.com/echardwheelerphotography

 

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  • Mr. & Mrs. John­son

    MARCH 10, 2018
    ENTIRE VENUE

    Working with Lindsey and the Lesner Inn was great! I planned the majority of my wedding from out of town and Lindsey could not have been more patient with my constant emails. The venue looked beautiful at the reception and my guests loved the views and the food. The crab cakes were everyone’s favorite. Thank you so much to the Lesner Inn team and & Lindsey for such a beautiful wedding!

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    JUNE 22, 2018
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    I could NOT be happier with the service from Lesner Inn. Our coordinator Liz was SO helpful each time we met with her and had questions. The ceremony and receptions spaces were absolutely beautiful. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t change a thing and I would recommend this venue to anyone!

  • The Bells

    SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Alexis, We just wanted to say thank you for all that you did Saturday & all the planning leading up to our wedding day. We had such an amazing day! And we really appreciated you making sure we were taken care of throughout the night. You’re amazing at what you do & helped our wedding day turn out to be perfect! Thank you again!

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    JULY 15, 2017
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Girls at the Lesner Inn, Wow! I can’t believe it’s been just about a year since Jon and I came through the doors and knew that this would be the place we say “I do”. You guys are awesome and made planning a breeze even for this bride who didn’t have it all together. Thank you guys so much for everything, our day was perfect!

  • Kyle & Elise Miller

    APRIL 8, 2018
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Lindsey!
    I am speechless! Friday was truly amazing. You went above and beyond to make our day so special! We loved every second of the night. Thank you also for the champagne glasses and kitchen towel. You are so sweet! Everyone raved about the night. You and Lesner Inn are AMAZING!
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    Kyle & Elise Miller

  • 𝐵𝓇𝒾𝒹𝑒𝓈𝓂𝒶𝒾𝒹 (n.) - a person who is like a sibling, best friend, someone a bride's big day would be incomplete without. ❤️ Photography: Mallorie Danielle Photography Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
  • "I fell in love with her 𝒸𝑜𝓊𝓇𝒶𝑔𝑒. Her 𝓈𝒾𝓃𝒸𝑒𝓇𝒾𝓉𝓎. And her flaming 𝓈𝑒𝓁𝒻 𝓇𝑒𝓈𝓅𝑒𝒸𝓉 And it's these things I'd believe in...𝓘 𝓵𝓸𝓿𝓮 𝓱𝓮𝓻..." - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Dress: Frances Kahn Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride Makeup: Meg from BlushTones Hair: The Hair Days
  • Don't forget to read all about our past Gatsby themed open house on our blog up on our website now! Photo: @echardwheelerphoto Vintage Furniture: @mhattervintage Florals: @thewanderingpetal
  • "You are the 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝑒𝓈𝓉, 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓁𝒾𝑒𝓈𝓉, 𝓉𝑒𝓃𝒹𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓈𝓉, and most 𝒷𝑒𝒶𝓊𝓉𝒾𝒻𝓊𝓁 person I have ever known and that is an understatement" - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: @echardwheelerphoto Furniture: @mhattervintage Dress: @franceskahnvirginiabeach Suit: @beecroftandbullva Florals: @thewanderingpetal Headpiece: @milkandhoneybride
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  • Hold my hand from now until forever 🥰 Photo: Cole Sweeney | https://cs-visuals.com/
  • I thought perfect could only exist in books and movies but that changed when I met you 😘 Photo: Cole Sweeney | https://cs-visuals.com/
  • "There are all kinds of love in this world but 𝓃𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 the same 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 twice." - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Suit: Beercroft & Bull
  • We have been steadfast in our approach to be proactive, responsible and compassionate as the updates on COVID-19 have unfolded. It has and always will be our priority to do whatever possible to ensure the wellbeing of our clients and our staff and everyone in our Lesner Inn family. We will get through this together and do our part to be a part of the solution to an unfathomable crisis. We will continue to navigate this closely and carefully in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, our Lesner Inn events team is available to answer any questions about hosting future events at Lesner Inn. We understand it’s a challenging time to be planning an event, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us to be a resource during this time. With Love, The Lesner Inn Family CONTACT INFO: Email: info@lesnerinn.com Phone: (757) 481 1122
  • "He looked at her in a way that every young girl wanted to be looked at." 💕 - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Florals: The Wandering Petal Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride
  • "I 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 her and that's the 𝒷𝑒𝑔𝒾𝓃𝓃𝒾𝓃𝑔 and 𝑒𝓃𝒹 to 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓎𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔" - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride Makeup: Meg from BlushTones Hair: The Hair Days
  • True 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤 have no endings. Photo: Angie McPherson Photography Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper Florist: Palette of Petals
  • No words are able to describe how absolutely beautiful Deanna looked 😍 Photo: Angie McPherson Photography Florist: Palette of Petals Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper
  • The flowers, the colors, the bridal party - so much beauty! 💕 Photo: Angie McPherson Photography Florist: Palette of Petals Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper
  • You have a place in my heart that no one else could have ❤️ - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride Florals: The Wandering Petal Table Items: Jollity & Co Party Boutique
  • Have you read our latest blog? The Great Gatsby Wedding! Check it out on our website now! 💕 Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Florals: The Wandering Petal Table Items: Jollity & Co Party Boutique
  • There I was, way off my ambitions, getting deeper in love every minute. - F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Hair: The Hair Days Makeup:Meg from BlushTones Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride
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  • Upon booking with the Lesner Inn, you’ll receive 4 free sauna sessions to relax and enjoy leading up to your wedding!
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