Wedding photography


All you need to know…

How Do I Reserve My Date?

The first step is to set up a consultation. It’s easy… We provide you with a link to choose the best date, time and work around your schedule. We prefer to meet with every couple to make sure that we will be able to fulfill all of your photography needs. It’s a great opportunity to tell us all about your vision and we are happy to offer suggestions as well. If we are unable to meet in person, we are happy to speak to you over the phone or even on Skype. If you are excited about our style and vision, and you feel like we fit all of your wedding photography needs, we will send you a contract to sign. Once we receive your signed contract, as well as a 50% retainer, your wedding date is officially reserved!

What You Can Expect From The Irrok Team!

You should expect us to arrive early. We always arrive before we are scheduled to walk the property and make sure we are not rushed. We love working together as husband and wife and definitely compliment each other when we are side by side! Odete is very outgoing and fun, she lights up the room and really shines when its time to work with you the client during the posed portion of a session or event. Ron is very optimistic, easy-going, and will be a tremendous help when it comes to following the timeline. He is very detail orientated and planning ahead comes naturally to him. We compliment each other very well and our combined efforts help to provide every couple with beautiful artwork and imagery.

A Few Wedding Preparation Facts:

When the time comes to hire your wedding photographer, we think there are several things you should take into consideration. I will outline a few very important key points to consider when searching for a professional wedding photographer. First, make sure to start the process early, as most Jacksonville wedding photographers book up to at least six months to one year in advance. Make comparisons and choose the right photographer for you. Make sure to fall in love with the images as well as the photographers(s). No matter how much you like the person taking your photo you must not overlook their ability to make great images!

You Deserve Professionalism:

Right from the beginning take note about how well your photographer keeps his or her promises. Did they call back when they said they would? How about the consultation, did they arrive on time? Don’t forget, wedding photography is a service business. Will your photographer shine on your wedding day? Does he or she have the experience to handle a stressful or unexpected situation with the confidence to stay cool? Will they be the ones that you look back and say great things about or wish you had used someone else?

Wedding Traditions and Their Origin…

#1: It’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony.

During the time when arranged marriages were custom, the betrothed couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding at all. The wedding symbolized a business deal between two families (romantic, huh?), and a father would have been pleased for his daughter to marry a man from a rich, land-owning family. But he also feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and thought she wasn’t attractive, he’d call off the wedding, casting shame onto the bride and her family. Therefore, it became a tradition that the bride and groom were only allowed to meet at the wedding ceremony so that the groom did not have the opportunity to change his mind. And that veil the bride wears? Its original purpose was also to keep the groom from finding out what the bride looked like until the last possible minute when it was too late to back out of the transaction.

#2: The bride must wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

This Victorian rhyme is a time-honored tradition that is supposed to bring the bride good luck. Wearing “something old” expresses the newlywed couple’s desire to retain connections with their family once they enter into married life. One tradition suggests that the bride’s “something old” be an old garter given to the bride by a happily married woman so that the new bride would also enjoy a happy marriage. Wearing “something new” conveys that the couple is creating a new union that will endure forever and looking to the future for health, happiness, and success. “Something borrowed” is an opportunity for the bride’s friends or family to lend her something special as a token of their love. And finally, “something blue” is a symbol of fidelity and constancy. This custom began in ancient Israel, where brides wore a blue ribbon in their hair to symbolize this promise to their new husbands. What you may not realize is that the rhyme actually ends with “…and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Story says that placing a penny in the bride’s shoe will bring her a life filled with good fortune.

#3: The person who catches the bride’s bouquet or garter will be the next to get married.

The story behind this tradition is downright dirty. In medieval times, it was considered lucky to get a fragment of the bride’s clothing, so hordes of guests would follow the newlywed couple into their wedding chamber after the ceremony and stand around the bed, trying to rip pieces of the bride’s gown right off her body. Because dresses were often torn apart, brides searched for alternatives to preserve their gowns and began throwing their bouquets to distract guests while they made their getaway. When the bride and groom made it safely into their wedding chamber, the groom would then crack open the door and toss the bride’s garter to the throngs of people waiting outside as a way of saying that he was about to “seal the deal.”

#4: The bride and groom must save the top layer of their wedding cake to eat on their first anniversary.

To understand this tradition, you just have to think back to a familiar schoolyard rhyme: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!” It used to be thought that once a wedding took place, a baby was going to come shortly after, so therefore the wedding and christening ceremonies were often linked, as were the respective cakes that were baked for each occasion. With fancy, elaborate, multi-tiered wedding cakes becoming a major trend in the 19th century, the christening cake began to take a back seat to the wedding cake. Since the top tier of the wedding cake was almost always left over, couples began to see the christening as the perfect opportunity to finish the cake. Couples could then logically rationalize the need for three tiers — the bottom for the reception, the middle for distributing, and the top for the christening.

#5: The groom must carry his new wife across the threshold of their new home to prevent bad luck.

This tradition has a few origins. In Medieval Europe, it was scandalous for a woman to show enthusiasm about losing her virginity. By the groom carrying the bride over the threshold, she avoided looking too eager about consummating the marriage. Western Europeans, on the other hand, believed that a bride who tripped over the threshold of her new home would bring bad luck to her home and her marriage. Therefore, the groom carrying the bride into the home was a good way to avoid such a mishap altogether. In ancient cultures, the threshold of the home was considered to be a hotbed of lurking, unattached evil spirits, and since a new bride was particularly vulnerable to spirit intrusion, especially through the soles of her feet, the groom ensured that his wife would not bring any bad spirits into the house by carrying her inside.

Irrok were awesome to work with!

 They were by our side through the whole wedding planning process and did an even more amazing job on the day of! I cannot express enough how happy I am that we had them on our day. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else but this wonderful team.


Have An Unplugged Wedding!

On your wedding day more and more of your guests want to capture “the moment.” May we suggest that you ask your friends, family and guests to leave all camera phones, Ipads and other mobile devices tucked away or turned off during your ceremony and reception. Let them know that professional images will be made available to them by your photographer and this will prevent guest paparazzi on your big day! Included below is a link to a great article I recently came across by a wedding photographer in Ohio named Corey Ann discussing just this issue.

Strict Rules At Church

No one seems to want to talk about this, but if you were to ask any photographer or cinematographer, I bet they would all share similar experiences about how strict churches dramatically limit the quality of their work. There is nothing worse than having an unhappy church representative walk up to you and say you aren’t allowed to do your job because of some unprofessional videographer or photographer who set a bad example in the past. It’s vital for the cinematographer and photographer, no matter their beliefs, to respect the sanctity of the ceremony, but it’s also essential that the church officials understand the wishes and expectations of their couples that hired these vendors. When this mutual respect is forgotten it leads to unhappy officiants, frustrated vendors and, most importantly, a disappointed couple. It may seem impossible to bring all of these different people together, but this complex problem can be fixed with one thing, communication.

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Award Winning Jacksonville Wedding Photography. Voted best by the knot and wedding wire 2014, 2015, 2016. 2017, 2018. Irrok's services are comprehensive, in addition to photography, they also specializes in custom designed photo albums, coffee table albums, save the date announcements, thank you cards, signature boards, and signature books. Irrok Photography travels to Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Saint Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach.