After over 20 years photographing weddings we know a thing or two about your big day and how to capture it in a way that is authentic to who you are as a couple.  From the biggest moment to the smallest detail we work hard to capture it all!  As a full-service photography studio we know how important it is to give your wedding our all and give you more than bunch of files that will live on your computer.  Here’s what to expect when you book your wedding with Sarah Maren Photography.

The Consultation

Before you sign on the dotted line and hire us as your wedding photographers we love to meet up with you to make sure we are an awesome fit.  Our first chat is ideally in person at our studio in Roseville, California but if you’re planning your wedding from out of town we can always chat via Skype or the phone as well.  Our consultation is where we get to know each other!  I am the person you will be spending the most time with on your wedding day and it’s important to me that I’m someone who will easily fit in with your family and friends.  This is also where you can lay your hands on all the pretty heirloom products I offer to start your family history off right.  To book SMP as your photographers requires a signed contract and retainer fee.

The Welcome Packet

Once you’ve booked your wedding photography with us you’ll want to keep an eye on your mail box!  I’ll be sending you out a welcome packet full of the details of us working together, information for what comes next and some special treats!

The Engagement Session

If you’ve added an Engagement Session onto your wedding photography collection I’ll be in touch to get your session on the calendar!  Once we’ve decided on the when’s and where’s of your session, I’ll send a detailed email with all the specifics.  I’ll also send you an online engagement session guide that covers everything from best policies on what to wear for your session to vendors we love working with that can help your session be an even bigger success.  At the time of your session we usually meet up for some sips and snacks before I start photographing you. This gives us a chance to get more comfortable together so your pictures can be their best! We’ll hang out for an hour or so making pretty pictures! After your session, I’ll head back to studio and work on your photos.  You images will be ready to be viewed in 2-4 weeks! HOORAY!

Check out our Engagement Session portfolio for some inspiration!


Pre-Wedding Planning and Timeline

About 8 weeks before your wedding day I will send you a Wedding Day Information Overload questionnaire.  This is where you tell me who is who and the when’s and where’s of your wedding day.  You let me know who your vendors are so I can reach out to any that I’ve never worked with before or who I’m especially excited to have on your wedding team.  You return your questionnaire to me within 3 weeks of your wedding day.  From the information on your questionnaire and any input from other vendors I come up with the perfect photo timeline for your wedding day!  This is where we determine when we will arrive and leave your weddings and lay out a plan for all the moving parts of your wedding day.  If you’re working with a planner, I will work closely with them to make sure you’re timeline is set up so you’ll get great photos and stay right one time.  A week or so before the wedding you can come into the studio to go over everything or we can chat on the phone to make sure we are all on the same page.  This is where the excitement for your big day starts to get crazy fun!


Your Wedding Day

It’s your big day!  WOO HOO!!  A typical wedding looks a little something like this: The SMP team will arrive to your wedding (probably early, because we are wild like that) 2-3 hours prior to your ceremony so we can get some fun, relaxed shots of you and your crew getting ready for you big day!  This is where we get all the shots of your carefully chosen details, family and friends helping you prepare and a few portraits of you and your crew.  If you’re having a first look (and you totally should) that is the next thing on the agenda.  You’ll finally get to see each other all decked out and ready to get married!  After some shots with the two of you, we’ll grab your bridal party and rock out some fun portraits of all of you together! Then it’s off to the ceremony where we are photo ninjas and you are married.  After the ceremony we will make beautiful and speedy family portraits and get some candid photos of guests enjoying the cocktail hour. Then it’s off to your reception where we record you and your guests celebrating your I Do’s!  We usually stay through the last major event of the evening and some open dancing.  Then we hug you and smooch you and send you off to finish your celebrating and start your new married life!  I’ll post a sneak peek to my instagram account within 24 hours so you have a super pretty picture to show off how married you are.  While you’re off enjoying your honeymoon, I’ll be back at the studio working on perfecting your images and showing you just how awesome your wedding day was!


The Wedding Photo Reveal

6-8 weeks after your wedding (or maybe a little sooner, depending on the time of year) I’ll send out the call that your photos are ready and set up a time for you and your beloved to come into the studio for your reveal!!  This is THE MOST FUN because we get to see each other again AND I get to see you see your wedding!  It’s the best!  I’ll have some sips and snacks for you, and then I’ll show you your wedding slideshow of select images set to meaningful music to make your heart flutter!  Don’t worry – I’ll have tissues should you need them.  Then you get to go through your photos on my big screen and see everything big and glorious.  If your collection includes and album, I’ll have a first draft of your design ready to go!  You can love it and approve it right then and there, or make a few changes with images from your gallery.  You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase additional products like wall galleries, gift prints, thank you cards and more. You won’t leave this session empty handed though!  You’ll have the links to your online slideshow and gallery to share images with family and friends, and if included with your collection,  your print collection, keepsake box and usb.  You’ll probably leave with a little surprise or two as well.  Because you know I love a surprise.


Album and/or Product Delivery

In approximately 4-8 weeks after you’ve finalized your album design and ordered any other product I will call you to give you the great news: everything is ready for pickup. I will make a date for you to come to the studio to pick up your order and revel in how awesome everything turned out.  If you need your items shipped we can totally make that happen for an additional fee.


Happily Ever After

Hooray!  You’re now surrounded by art from your stunning wedding and you’re embarking on the rest of your life.  Your family will happily enjoy art on your walls, keepsake albums and gift portraits for generations to come!  Soon, it will be time for you to call me again for an anniversary session or a new addition to your family and more beautiful photos you’ll cherish always.



All the "yes" in the world! Sarah is worth every penny and then some. She's incredibly talented, not to mention seasoned and skilled at her craft. She knows what is needed ahead of time & is also intuitive the day-of when she's running your shoot and documenting your sacred moments. You will have zero regrets & ALL of the fuzzy feelings that you need help remembering years down the road <3 On top of that, she's so personable and warm, she's incredibly respectful of the milestone that you're considering having her record with photos, and she's also a humble and hilarious human being. If you're looking for a photographer for your big day, book her before you wait too long and she's already booked. If you need to save up your funds to make it happen, definitely do it. If you've got it all saved, don't sleep on this one. I've got zero regrets and am confident that you will feel the same once you choose her. Knowing that Sarah shoots more than just weddings gets me excited. I'm personally looking forward to the day we are ready to have Sarah photograph/film the birth of our babies when they come along. She's that good and that trustworthy. - Nicki and Sam

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Sarah and Dustin are absolutely amazing photographers. We had our engagement session in Davis (around UC Davis campus, where my husband and I met), and our wedding in San Jose with Sarah Maren Photography.

The weather unexpectedly turned ugly on our engagement session day and it absolutely poured and hailed on us, but both Sarah and Dustin were troopers (even if they were soaked!). First, they were prepared with cute umbrellas which doubled as props, and secondly, they kept thinking of creative places to take photos. In fact, a couple of our favorite photos are in the rain. :) I should also add that the duo is hilarious and will make you laugh during your entire photography session.

On our wedding day, I can honestly say that things would not have gone as smoothly as it did without the enormous help of Sarah and Dustin. Dustin voluntarily ironed the groom and groomsmen's pocket squares while they scrambled to get ready as they were running a bit behind. Sarah was, what my husband and I jokingly (and lovingly) called, our "wedding mom," making sure that we were following the timeline and guiding us on what to do (i.e. how to cut the wedding cake). She was more hands on and involved in our wedding than our day-of coordinator!

We absolutely love our photos, and our friends and family have commented on just how beautiful the photos are, as well as how talented Sarah and Dustin are at capturing special moments.

Overall, Sarah and Dustin are highly talented and experienced photographers. They are personable, friendly, extremely funny, yet professional, and honestly care about you, their client. I highly recommend Sarah Maren Photography to anyone looking for a professional photographer!

- Aska and Leo

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I can't recommend Sarah Maren highly enough!! Sarah took both our engagement and our wedding photos and we love them! She's super efficient, but gets great shots. Plus, she and her husband Dustin are a blast to spend time with! Our photos were just what we wanted - natural, beautiful, and conveyed all the love, excitement, and laughter of our wedding day. It was important to my husband and I that we make it to some of our cocktail hour and have a chance to mingle with guests, so Sarah and Dustin planned around us and got that done. During our cocktail hour, we ran out of one of the ingredients for our bar (ginger beer!), so Dustin quickly ran out to re-stock us.... totally above and beyond the call of duty. Our photos came within three weeks following both our wedding and our engagement session. And, Sarah was always super quick to reply to any emails or phone calls.
Most of all, we felt like Sarah really got what a special day this was for the two of us (though I'm sure she's shot hundreds of weddings), and made it feel like each moment was truly unique and wonderful. I think that's because she and Dustin really love what they do, and that comes through in their personalities and the photos they take.
I would highly, highly recommend Sarah to any brides out there!
- Brandi & Andy

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I can't gush long enough or hard enough about how amazing Sarah and Dustin are. I first met Sarah when I did a boudoir shoot with her. She was amazing. I felt so comfortable with her, and I told her then and there that I would be tracking her down when I got married. A couple years later, when that finally happened, I planned my entire wedding around her schedule. She was my #1 priority! Our engagement pictures were incredible, and and my nervous now-husband felt totally relaxed with them. Our wedding pictures were an absolute dream. Stunning! Everyone fell in love with the photographers and photographs. So much so that my best friend hired Sarah and Dustin for her wedding, as well. Highly, hugely, enormously recommend!
-Summer & Greg

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If you need photography near Sacramento, call her! She is perfect. She is fun, witty, professional, and unbelievably good at taking pictures. My wife and I were both very nervous as we are not good with pictures. The second we met her, we felt at ease. She makes taking pictures a joy and she made our wedding even better with the wonderful pictures she took. We ordered a wedding album also and that is totally worth the extra money.

She takes you on an engagement photo shoot so that you can sort of practice. Those pictures were amazing.
I feel she gets to know you. We did not have a photographer at the wedding, we had a friend. She becomes your friend during the process.

Amazing woman and her husband is fun also. She is worth every cent.
Everyone loved her and her husbands photo booth (which is also worth the extra money)
We had no dancing so the only entertainment we had was the photo booth. That booth was entertainment enough. Amazing pictures and really fun.

Thank you Sarah :)

-Kim & Rob

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