March 29, 2023
Last year, my business and real life best friend and I went to Utah for a week for an editorial at Wadley Farms in Lindon, Utah. If you have not been to Utah, I highly recommend adding it to your bucket list. The week we were there we explored downtown Salt Lake City, Little Sahara, Tibble Fork Reservoir, and Bonneville Salt Flats. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been to Utah, I always am dying to go back! The next time, I would absolutely love to explore Moab and Zion. Whose ready to go?!
Now onto the reason why we even went to Utah — an editorial at Wadley Farms.
Wadley Farms is a picturesque wedding venue located in Lindon, Utah. The historic property features over four acres of beautiful gardens, water features, and stunning architecture that provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic and elegant wedding. The venue offers personalized planning services, and their experienced team of professionals is dedicated to ensuring a flawless and unforgettable wedding experience for every couple. Wadley Farms is a sought-after venue in Utah, known for its beauty, attention to detail, and exceptional service.
While, I absolutely adored Wadley Farms, the editorial was subpar at best. Editorials, also known as styled shoots, are a popular trend in the wedding industry where wedding professionals collaborate to create a stylized wedding scenario. While they can be a valuable tool, they come with both pros and cons.
Creativity: editorials allow vendors to showcase their creativity and experiment with new ideas without the constraints of a client’s vision.
Collaboration: they bring together different vendors from the wedding industry to collaborate and network.
Cost: editorials can be expensive to produce, and vendors may not see a return on their investment. Sadly, this was my experience for this editorial. I will note though that this had NOTHING to do with Wadley Farms. The venue was just the host, the planner dropped the ball completely.
Unrealistic Expectations: they create unrealistic expectations for clients who may not be able to afford the same level of production and even the photographer unable to produce the same level of production on a wedding day.
Lack of Authenticity: Styled shoots may not accurately represent the vendors’ real work, leading to potential client disappointment.
Pro-tip for Wedding Vendors + Couples:
Vendors if you’re hosting an editorial please make sure you can produce what in consistent with the mood board you used to market your editorial. Sadly, this editorial, had a dreamy mood board but it fell flat the day of. While, I made the best of my experience, after spending thousands of dollars to attend, I was highly disappointed.
Couples PLEASE look at your wedding photographer’s full portfolio before hiring them. Editorials are a great way to collaborate and network with other vendors, however, they are not always consistent with their actual work. During editorials, they are typically working with models and they do not have to deal with the time constraints or unseen circumstances that come with wedding days.
Wadley Farms Editorial Photos:
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