Engagement Session Giveaway! | Madison Wedding Photographer | Madison Engaegment Photography

Miriam Bulcher

Hurray! A Giveaway! 

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After celebrating our 7th Wedding Anniversary yesterday and going over our cute engagement photos I have decided to give away a full engagement session! 

This is what it includes: 

  • 1-2 hour session
  • 2 outfit changes
  • Online gallery 
  • 50-100 photos. 
  • $300 off your wedding package if you decide to book your wedding with us! 
  • Couple must be getting married in 2019 or 2020

Total value of $1,000

This is valid for residents in Wisconsin, Illinois or Iowa, however, the engagement shoot will take place in Madison, Milwaukee, OR the Quad Cities. 

How to enter

  • Go follow me on Instagram and Facebook: @miriambulcherphotography
  • Repost this photo on Instagram or Facebook: 
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  • Tag a friend who is engaged and tag me @miriambulcherphotography! (If you don't tag me I can't see that you reposted this!)
  • Extra entry for every additional person you tag! :) 

That's it! 

Winner will be announced on June 25th!

Share with all your friends! :) 

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Emily + Jake Wedding | Quarters One Wedding | Madison Wedding Photographer | Quad Cities Wedding Photography

Miriam Bulcher

Emily and Jake have the sweetest story of how they met.

They were at a concert together in 2014, but not knowing each other and Emily saw Jake, winked at him and they exchanged numbers.

Emily was just about to leave town to go to Spain for a little while. 

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Well, they communicated while she was in Spain and she joked that she was going to marry him, though not fully believing it (though hoping) 100%. 3 years later at a concert at the same place they met, he proposed! How sweet is that! 

Here we are now and they had the most beautiful wedding day! 

For about two weeks it threatened rain and thunderstorms, if you know the Quad Cities, you know that anything can happen but I had a gut feeling it would be okay. Sure enough, the sun came out! It was incredibly hot and humid but that's better than rain! 

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With the wedding ceremony at the Quarters one mansion in Rock Island and the reception at the University Club in Moline, the day was perfect! It doesn't happen very frequently that I see such a packed dance floor. Emily + Jake sure have some incredible friends. 

Thank you so much for having Paul and I! 

A big thank you to the vendors: 

  • Hair and Makeup: Pure Hair Salon
  • Wedding Dress: Storybook Endings, Maggie Sotero
  • Grooms Tux: Mens Wearhouse
  • DJ: Twisted Mic's
  • Rings: Neckers Jewelers
  • Flowers: Staacks


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To book your 2019 Wedding photography, contact me today at info@miriambulcher.com

Velvet Rentals Vintage Furniture Rentals | Madison Wedding Rentals | Madison Wedding Photographer

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Vintage Wedding Rentals in Madison, WI 

If you are looking for one of a kind wedding decor and aren't sure where to find it - you can find it at Velvet Rentals located here in Madison, Wisconsin! 

Constanza, the owner has the most amazing vision and taste in decor. Her space is so cozy and her selection is amazing! She has all you need for a small wedding, from plates, cups, serving utensils, cute decor and the chairs to sit on as well as a bar! 

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Here's a little about her

Tell us about your business!

Velvet Rentals is a furniture and tableware rental business for events, photo shoots, and staging. Most of the items are vintage but there are also some modern pieces available. If someone never heard of this concept before, here’s how I explain it to them: Suppose you’re planning a special party for 120 people and you need mix and match vintage plates and a velvet chaise. Instead of going out to dozens of places collecting plates and spending hundreds of dollars on a chaise, you could rent them and save both money and time. I can assist you with styling, delivering inventory on the day of the event, and retrieving the items when it’s done. Even better, you don’t need to waste time washing or cleaning anything afterwards!

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What made you get interested in collecting vintage items? 

 I was living in Philadelphia five years ago and one weekend, I entered an antique shop where I saw a beautiful plate with pink flowers and a golden border. That was the beginning of my vintage plate obsession, which slowly started to include vintage glasses and velvet chairs. I also like to repurpose items. Growing up in Argentina, my parents never threw anything away. Instead, they would transform objects and include me in their projects. We took an old clawfoot tub and made it into a sofa, upholstered all of our chairs, and repurposed jars and cans. 

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What is your favourite piece in your collection? 

Bohemian Rhapsody, a rattan peacock chair. It’s the queen of any room and it’s very light and versatile! 

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What areas do you service? 

Madison and surrounding areas and the Appleton-Oshkosh-Fond du Lac area. 

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Most importantly, chocolate or vanilla? 

Chocolate always! (except for creme brûlée)


To rent items for your wedding, please contact her here! 

Now booking Madison & Destination Wedding Photography for 2019

If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your Madison, Milwaukee or Chicago wedding, look no further! Contact me today at info@miriambulcher.com 

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Basic Invite Engagement Invitations | Madison Wedding Photographer | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

Miriam Bulcher

Did you just get engaged and are planning your 2019 wedding here in Madison, or perhaps abroad or in another state? Today I have the pleasure of sharing these BEAUTIFUL invitations from Basic Invite for you that make it so easy for you to get it done no matter where you are! 

Classy Engagement Party Invitations

What better way than to celebrate your engagement with an engagement party! How fun would it be for your friends to receive an invitation via snail mail? 

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Basic Invite has literally EVERYTHING you need and you can get samples of exactly what you're invitation will look like before making a final decision! How neat is that? There aren't many companies who will do that before you sign on to buy a specific amount. 

Foil Options & Velvet paper!! 

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Basic Invites has 180+ color options for your invitations, envelopes as well as foil! Look at this beautiful rose gold and silver. The black has an amazing velvet like paper texture which makes it feel luxurious. So incredibly beautiful. 

To view their beautiful Engagement Party Designs go check them out here! 

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Create your Wedding Website and collect addresses all in one place! 

How easy would it be to just collect your engagement guests addresses and save them for your wedding invitations? SO EASY! Talk about less stress, you can even create your wedding website with basic invites too! Keeping everything in one place is going to make your wedding planning a dream! 

I wish I had this many options when I was planning my wedding back in 2011. Be sure to check them out! 

Also, go check out my Instagram stories to see how beautiful the foil is in video! @miriambulcherphotography

Now booking 2019 Weddings! | Madison Wedding Photographer | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

Miriam Bulcher

2018 is already half over. 

Can you believe it? Tomorrow is June 1st! Wow, time really does fly! 

This year has been amazing so far and I am so excited to start my wedding season next weekend with weddings in both Madison, Wisconsin, Davenport, Iowa and Chicago!! It's going to be a great year and I can't wait to photograph all my beautiful couples! 

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That being said, I have already started booking for 2019 in Madison and Milwaukee Weddings. The dates are going to fill up fast! If you are in need of a wedding photographer for your 2019 Wedding please contact me today: info@miriambulcher.com

I photograph destination weddings in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, France, Italy, as well as engagements and all over the United States as well! 

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Currently, I have an amazing promotion for destination weddings, please message me for more information! 

If you have any questions at all about your wedding needs, I would love to help. Wedding planning can be stressful and I would love to eliminate some of that stress for you! 

Wood Violet Events Guest Blog Post | Madison Wedding Planning | Madison Wedding Photography

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Today, I have an amazing guest blog post by Dominique from Wood Violet Events. Dominique is an amazing woman and is SO talented at what she does. She is sharing so much information about wedding planning and what it entails. Brides, you are not going to want to miss this if you've been toying with the idea of hiring a wedding planner! 


Wood Violet Events: What We Do

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Photo Credit: H Claire Photography

At Wood Violet, we don't have set packages with pricing.  We work with our clients to create a customized service collection that meets their needs.  In a very general sense, there are a few different levels of service that well talk through.  Day-Of Coordination, Partial Planning, and Full Planning.

When it comes to Day-Of Coordination, the industry is really moving away from that terminology because it's inaccurate and sets an expectation that doesn't begin to encompass all of the services involved.  Typically this level of service starts at least one, if not two, months before the event date [there's no way a planner can efficiently do their job if they aren't involved, if anyone tells you they can, run... FAST.]  With this level of service, you should expect the following:

Vendor Confirmation and Timeline Creation:

We receive a list of your contracted vendors and will reach out to them individually to confirm their arrival time and details of delivery.  With this information, we will create a final vendor timeline.  With this, we can ensure timely arrival of all vendors, and have their contact information handy in case they need to be reached on the wedding day.  We can also assist in creating your overall wedding day timeline and wedding party timeline as well!

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Photo Credit: April Violet 

Venue Walkthrough/Final Design and Styling Meeting:

Your planner will be in contact with you and your venue to schedule a walkthrough to make sure that there is a clear understanding and expectation of where rental items will be placed. The venue will communicate how they expect the room(s) to look at the end of the night, and where to properly store items that will be left for retrieval the following day, if applicable.  [Some venues require that all items are removed at the end of the night.] Sometimes your florist and caterer will join this meeting to make sure that all bases are covered, and any design and styling changes can be discussed to ensure seamless setup and effortless flow of events throughout the night.

Rehearsal Direction:

We arrive at your rehearsal prepared with your processional order and names of all the VIPs that are involved in your ceremony.  Once everyone shows up, we run through the expectations and roles of the people in your wedding party an answer any questions that pop up from your friends and family.  Once everyone feels comfortable with there they go and what they need to do, you head off to eat delicious food at your rehearsal dinner venue!

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Wedding Day Coordination:

We are the first to arrive and the last to leave [as long as you added our Clean Up and Tear Down services as part of your collection]!  We set all of the tables, and make sure every piece of decor is in it's proper place prior to your cocktail hour and reception.  We head over to your ceremony location, get the chairs and ceremony backdrop set up, and work with your photographer to make sure you and your partner are where you need to be for your First Look photos, or processional if you've chosen not to do a First Look.  Once your wedding party has been cued to walk, we hang with you for an extra minute to make sure you have the aisle all to yourself!  [We also give you a last reminder to breathe, it can be so hard to remember to do that sometimes! ;)]  Once the ceremony is done, we make sure that all decor and floral items are transported to the reception location and placed in their proper spot.  Last minute touches are done to the dinner and reception rooms right before your guests arrive.  We are available for creative troubleshooting as needed throughout the night, stay on top of the timeline and make sure that scheduled events are happening as they should, work with your DJ/emcee to make sure transitions are smooth and speeches happen on time, assist catering with light clean up, and so much more.

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Photo Credit: April Violet 

Even with this base level of service, we are always available as a resource to our clients.  They always know that we're just a text, email, or phone call away.  We also provide our annually curated Vendor Recommendation List, along with our Wedding Planning Checklist, which will make sure you don't miss a thing when going through the planning process!

Partial Planning includes all of the previously mentioned services along with design + styling assistance.  Three years ago, we would meet face to face with clients to go over what the general aesthetic and style would be, and we would brainstorm and bring these mental pictures to life.  Now, with the surge of Pinterest use, and the fact that about half of my clients aren't local, we share our ideas using Pinterest and video chats.  From these sessions, we source the rental companies or stores that will fulfill the items and quantities that we are in need of.  We come up with the breathtaking tablescapes, swoon-worthy floral inspiration, and intentional details to make sure your guests feel well taken care of.

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Photo Credit: April Violet

Lastly, Full Planning would incorporate all of the aforementioned services with an increased involvement in the entire process.  We are involved in the selection of vendors, attend meetings with you [or in your place], we partner with you in designing all aspects of your wedding day.  Come to us with etiquette questions, how to deal with interesting family dynamics, who to tip, when to tip, when you're stressed about life or decisions or planning.  It's likely that we've dealt with situations like this, or can point you in the right direction of a resource to help.

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Photo Credit: April Violet

Why You Need Us:

If you've gotten this far and still have this question, maaaaybe you could go back and read the prior section.  [There's a bit of a sarcastic tone there... But really tho, read it again!]  When you're working with a seasoned planner, designer + stylist you are benefitting from their past experiences and knowledge that goes far beyond a degree, certificate, or planning binder from Target.  [Not to knock anyone that has any of those things.  Some preparation is WAY better than none.  Hear that loud and clear.  AND, we're suckers for organizational items and pretty paper from Target, the dollar spot gets us every dang time!]  During events, there can be split second decisions that need to be made and we pull from our extensive knowledge and experience to make the best judgment call.  When you hire us, you're making an investment into your day.  With every investment, there is a return and that return is PEACE OF MIND.  Knowing that we have your back from the day you hire us, and that doesn't end when your day is complete.  We pride ourselves on creating a lasting relationship with our clients.  One where we meet up with them for dinner and drinks when they're in town. Or they bring us dinner after we have surgery. [True story, we have the BEST CLIENTS ever!]  And then, we see them again when we're contacted and hired to plan their friend's wedding based on their recommendation.  There is no greater compliment than that, am I right?!

 Photo Credit: April Violet 

Photo Credit: April Violet 

Investment Expectations:

This can be tricky to talk about because there are so many factors that go into pricing.  At Wood Violet, we take the following into consideration:

  • Guest Count - The higher the guest count, the more staff we need onsite.  More staffing equals higher investment
  • Service Collection - The investment would reflect how involved we are in the process
  • Experience/Industry Knowledge - This is not always the case, but you should expect the investment to reflect your planner's experience level
  • Venue - There are venues that have very strict time limits on rental [only allowing for one hour to set up, so we would need more staffing to make that happen], or your ceremony space will be used for dinner [so we have an hour to make that transition], or your venue is large and needs additional staffing to ensure coverage and efficient time management
  • Decor - You have 42 tables and each table has intricate centrepieces and floral and candles and... [This one is pretty self-explanatory, no?]

Locally, you can see a range from $1,400-$1,650 for quality planners for Coordination Services [not including Clean Up and Tear Down].

 Photo Credit: Natural Intuition Photography

Photo Credit: Natural Intuition Photography

Phew!  That was a lot of information to read and try to digest! Likely, as it all settles in, you'll have questions.  We're here for you, and we'd love the opportunity to chat and partner with you to make sure your wedding is unforgettable.  

Happy Planning!

Dominique Zube

Owner, Lead Designer + Stylist

Wood Violet Events + Styling


If you're reading this and you're already married, did you hire a wedding planner?  If so, how did they help YOU?  If not, why not?  If you could do it all over again, would you?  Drop some knowledge in the comments!


To reach Dominique please visit her website as well as her Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest

Also, if you are in need of a wedding photographer for your wedding, contact me today! I am already booking for 2019 and have very little 2018 dates left! miriam.bulcher@gmail.com 



Should your wedding photographer be experienced? | Madison Wedding Photographer | Madison Engagement Photographer

Miriam Bulcher

How many pages of Madison wedding photographers on Google did you search through to find your wedding photographer? With so many options, along with so many different styles it might seem that aesthetic is the most important decision you will have to make in booking your wedding photographer but in fact, there are many more important things to consider with experience being one of the most important. 

Experience vs. No Experience

Every wedding has a budget, and one of the biggest things to cut is a wedding photographer, I totally understand! But I want to point out by hiring a beginner wedding photographer, you are 99% of the time getting someone with no experience. 

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An Experienced photographer has all if not more of what's listed below: 

  1. Been in various wedding scenarios that teach you to be prepared. Eg: having to shoot outside in the rain at the last minute for a scheduled sunny outdoor wedding. 
  2. Have the gear to support this ^^
  3. Has taken many workshops and educated oneself to learn proper posing, working a timeline and positioning oneself to get the perfect photos. 
  4. Has perfected their editing to ensure their faster turnaround time. 
  5. Has photographed under MANY different lighting conditions and knows how to keep their photos seamless despite the differences weather and indoor conditions provide. 
  6. Has worked with many other photographers and learned the best methods for what photos to take, where to be, how to position family members for family portraits. 
  7. An experienced photographer will know how to work under pressure and little time while still capturing the essential photos for your big day. 
  8. An experienced photographer will know how to work under extreme lighting conditions like direct sunlight and very dark rooms. 
  9. Know how to position bridal party members for the best bridal party portraits. 
  10. Have insurance and second cameras to back up in case anything fails. 

Many non-experienced photographers or beginners will not have almost any of what's listed above. 

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Experienced photographers have studied, taken the time and mastered their craft to provide couples with the best service on their big day. Not to say that beginners don't have passion, because they do which is why they are starting to photograph weddings, but they should be shooting for professionals before venturing out on their own single-handed and no experience. 

Do you want to risk memories of the biggest day of your life by hiring someone who can't perform to unknown situations that may occur on your big day? 

These are memories, memories that you can view that will last for eternity. Moments that cannot be relived other than through memory if they aren't captured. 

The biggest regret I hear from couples is that they wish they had spent more on their wedding photographer. 

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Please keep these points in mind when shopping for your wedding photographer and comment if you've found otherwise! 

If you are in need of a photographer for your wedding(I photograph in Madison, Milwauee, Chicago and I do destination too!), I'd love to hear from you! My 2019 dates are starting to fill up fast. Contact me today at miriam.bulcher@gmail.com





Bridget +Joe Engagement Session | Madison Wedding Photographer | Madison Engagement Photographer

Miriam Bulcher

Bridget and Joe are SUCH an adorable couple. Originally we were going to do our session back in December, but with the large amount of snow that came unexpectedly, they decided to wait until better weather. We lucked out for a few days prior to this shoot it had snowed here in Madison and sleeted in Davenport, you would've thought winter was here to stay for much longer. Thankfully, it didn't stay and we had a lovely warm(er) evening for the shoot! 

I traveled to Davenport this past Sunday to do their session, I did Bridget's makeup and my goodness is she so gorgeous!! I absolutely cannot wait for their wedding come September at the Outing Club! Enjoy their adorable engagement photos. :) 

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I don't have very many 2018 wedding dates left, and 2019 dates are starting to fill up. If you are in need of a photographer for your wedding or event, please contact me today! miriam.bulcher@gmail.com 

The importance of a good makeup artist | Madison Wedding Photographer | Madison Makeup Artist

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How could a photographer know about makeup artistry?"

It seems like an unlikely duo, but I am actually a makeup artist too! I know, I know, a little crazy but I honestly love doing photography and makeup equally. I do makeup as my other gig and for my portraits and engagement sessions, I am often if not usually doing my client's makeup. 

Knowing both makeup and photography allows me to know exactly what products work best for photos so that's why I'm going to give you some tips on how to choose the right makeup artist for your special day. 

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Tip #1: Sanitization

This is HUGE. Makeup artists who go to school are pretty good about sanitization, however not every good makeup artist has gone to school and it's not required nor does it make them a better or not better makeup artist. 

A good makeup artist should not double dip ANY product, not eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, concealer etc. Once it has touched your face it should never go back into their product. If they used the same product for everyone and they do 8 makeovers every weekend, that's a lot of contamination

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Tip #2: Ask to see their portfolio

It takes a good makeup artist to have variety because it's tricky to work with different eye shapes and skin tones. There should be matching foundation of the face to the neck evenly across the board in their portfolio and a variety of ethnicities. 

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Tip #3: Airbrush doesn't always = professional

I've had the unfortunate situation of seeing a poor bride's makeup done by airbrush but be a completely wrong shade and improper sanitization take place. In addition, the bride was over contoured and looking a little oompa loompa. Now, of course, this may have been her desired look that she requested. 

However, airbrush isn't everything. A good makeup artist can make the skin look incredible without the use of airbrush specific foundation. It's about technique and tricks that aren't taught on youtube.  

Tip #4: Get the false lashes

Do a trial run, and get the false lashes. Lashes can be the difference between your eyes being seen or not seen at all in your photos. If you are afraid of wearing them, get a trial done or go to Sephora and ask for help in putting them on to practice. I do not suggest wearing them for the first time on your wedding day if done improperly can be uncomfortable, so it's important you feel comfortable wearing them because they look amazing! 

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Tip #5: Make sure they can make it last

There are certain makeup techniques to ensure that makeup lasts much longer than 3 hours. There are also other techniques for ensuring that makeup lasts in extremely hot heat. These are all questions you can ask your makeup artist, but a good professional makeup artist will ensure that you are well taken care of in these areas and that your makeup will simply not budge in any weather condition. 

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Tip #6: Makeup for photos is different than everyday makeup. 

A professional makeup artist will know that when makeup is done for photos it will look different than average everyday makeup. This is because when a professional camera is used, some of the makeup may not appear in the photo, it "takes some off." So when having your makeup done professionally, you may feel that you are wearing too much makeup. However, rest assured that in your photos, it will look like a perfectly normal amount of makeup. Otherwise, the risk is that you will look washed out or pasty without the proper application. 

Please share this with your friends if you know of a family member or friend who needs a makeup artist! 

If you are in need of a makeup artist in Madison or Milwaukee I am happy to be of service. You can find out more about my makeup artistry services here

Also, come follow me on Instagram! My handle is @miriambulcherphotography