Donna Marie


New York Wedding Frequently Asked Questions


Just a couple more things…

(Frequently Asked Questions, answered.)

What is an intimate wedding?

Everyone defines it slightly differently, but for me an intimate wedding is a traditional-ish wedding with 50 or fewer guests. The main highlight of the intimate wedding is that they’re all about the emotions of the day as it unfolds and the bond the couple shares not only with each other, but with each of the guests in attendance.

Do you take on larger weddings?

It is seriously rare that I take on larger weddings as I have honed my expertise, skill, and artistic style for smaller celebrations. As an introvert, large gatherings bustling with people just aren’t my scene—and in order for me to create effortlessly in the style I’m known for, I can’t be experiencing social anxiety.

How many images will I get?

This depends on a number of factors, but typically I deliver anywhere between 50-100 images per hour of shooting. No, you won’t get every single image that I take, but that’s because you don’t want the ones where someone is blinking, that are wrongly out of focus, or that I some how manage to take of the ground when I swap camera bodies.

What is your turn around time?

Intimate weddings + elopements have a turn around time of 2-3 weeks with a small sneak peek gallery available within 24 hours. Adventure sessions have a turn around time of 1-2 weeks.


How much photo coverage do we need?

Get in touch and this is one of the first things that we work on figuring out together. During your initial call with me, I will help you see what is possible for your day and begin developing custom collection options with you. I will always tell you to opt for full-day photography coverage because you deserve to have the entirety of your day documented, not just a portion of it. Trust me, you’ll thank me decades down the road when you flip back through the portraits that you had me with you for the whole day versus 4 hours.

How does booking work?

If you’re ready to start the booking process, drop me a line via my CONTACT FORM or by emailing me!! Next, I’ll send over my pricing guide based on what kind of experience you’re looking for. We also set up a time to chat as I want to get to know you, your partner and how you envision your day. Once we make sure we’re a good fit, and decide on which package you’d like, I will send over a contract for you to sign. After you’ve signed on the dotted line and paid the non-refundable retainer, you will be officially booked!! (The remaining balance is due 15 days prior to your wedding day. This can be broken up into smaller payments, or paid all at once—whichever is easiest for you!)

After booking, that’s when the real work begins! Since this isn’t my first rodeo, I’ve got all the skills and knowledge to help you navigate the wedding planning process. Together we will craft your dream wedding day, from location to activities, to other vendors you want to include. I’m kinda like your Fairy-Wedding-Planning-Mother.

How do payment schedules work?

For intimate weddings + elopements within a 150 mile radius of Adams, NY I require a $1000 non-refundable retainer and a signed contract. For intimate weddings + elopements outside of the 150 mile radius I require a 50% non-refundable retainer. The remaining balance is due 15 days prior to your celebration date—you can pay the balance in full then, or break it up and pay it over time beforehand.