Editorial Interview: Rebecca Crumley, Weddings Photo Director of The Knot

We are excited to announce that The Knot now accepts wedding submissions through Two Bright Lights for their national magazine, 17 regional magazines and TheKnot.com! Read on for The Knot’s regional magazine deadlines or skip down to our interview with Weddings Photo Director of The Knot, Rebecca Crumley, to get the inside scoop on getting published.

Publication Deadlines:

The Knot Regional Magazine Fall/Winter 2015 Real Wedding Submission Deadlines

November 11: Colorado, Michigan

November 18: Texas, Missouri and Kansas/Ozarks

December 2: Pennsylvania and Delaware

December 9: California

December 16: New England (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut)

January 6: North and South Carolina

January 13: Florida

January 20: Georgia

January 27: Ohio

February 3: DC, Maryland and Virginia

February 10: New Jersey

February 17: New York Metro (includes Southern Connecticut)

February 24: Minnesota

March 3: Chicago

TBL: Rebecca, you’ve been working in the wedding industry for over 10 years, how do you feel the industry has changed?
RC: Wedding styles will always be in flux. It’s really exciting to observe how couples plan their wedding with unique and personalized touches. Changes in technology are the pulse behind what makes selecting real weddings such a fascinating game. We’re not just reporting, we’re keeping up with our savvy planning couples by immersing ourselves in the same technology they’re using.

TBL: We’re so excited that The Knot now accepts submissions through Two Bright Lights, why did you all join now?
RC: We’re focusing more on providing customized results for our audience. I’m thrilled to see The Knot add more real wedding content than ever before. We’re able to connect couples not only with their filtered inspiration results, but also with the wedding professionals who create them.

Submitting real weddings can be a daunting task for photographers. Two Bright Lights makes it not only easier for us, the editors, but also for the photographers. It’s really a win-win situation to streamline our workflow internally, and for the photographers!

TBL: What types of features will The Knot be accepting via Two Bright Lights?
RC: We love anything pretty! Alas, we are primarily searching for real weddings. There’s just something about the realness our readers find appealing. Real weddings are such a significant part of our regional magazines. Without them, our products wouldn’t be the same.

From time to time, other parties, such as showers, engagement parties and brunches make it into the magazine, but usually we’ll feature them online. We’ve also created new opportunities for engagement photos in our print issues. Stay tuned for our submission requests when we’re looking for them!

TBL: What influences your decision on trends to highlight?
RC: It’s a catch-22, as it completely depends on the submissions we receive. We file our submissions based on region and review them as group, rather than a rolling basis. This way, we’re able to spot local trends and styles that represent each locale’s flavor.

National trends come by way of many elements. It’s inevitable that the TV and film industry plays a part to influence style (Gatsby-inspired parties anyone?!), but it’s also based on fashion, color palettes, patterns and again – technology plays a part. Last year, couples loved making clever signs indicating their “official” hashtag to share over social media.

TBL: What makes for a great submission?
RC: Before we get to the critical review of what our magazine lineups will be, we examine each submission aesthetically. Without the proper photography, the most unique story in the world won’t uphold. We’re looking for images to be bright and daylight balanced. The detail shots must be tidy, and offer a variety of compositions for design options (think of how many outtake shots it takes to design an album!).

Another insider tip: we always start our real wedding features with a full-page photo. When photo editing our weddings for print, we first ask, “What will be the opener?” and then look at how the other images on the opposite page will work in terms of hierarchy and image variety. This full-page photo has an important job of representing the style we want the wedding to convey. The opening image also needs to be acceptably in focus, allow room for copy or color blocks, and work in conjunction with other features in the magazine. Not every full-page opening image can be a bouquet or couple.

In sum, image variety is key!

TBL: What are common mistakes new photographers make? And any top tips for how to get published on The Knot?
RC: As a photographer, I know how hard it can be to get the detail shots and that unexpected things will unfold. The truth is, the photographer has to make those beautiful shots happen no matter what. Make sure the details and overall scene are captured before the guests arrive.

Some quick tips for A+ shots: straighten silverware, fix crooked boutonnieres, rearrange missing escort cards, pluck wilting flowers, simplify your cake backgrounds (long lens and wider lens opening), minimize unsightly carpets, and watch out for exit signs. Also, don’t be afraid to take something out of your composition – like sugar on the table or an ordinary table sign (just be sure to put it back!).

And finally, we love the candid moments between couples and the wedding party. Usually my favorite shot of the day is the ceremony recessional – it’s as real as it gets.

TBL: We’ve seen a lot of boho chic, what’s the next Wedding style trend you are looking forward to seeing?
RC: Glamour is back! In fashion, jeweled neckline wedding gowns give sparkle and elegance to the bride. Gorgeous calligraphy and fonts dress up ordinary DIY signage. Mixing gold elements into the wedding decor with items like ribbon, glassware, and candlelight triumph the style into a sophisticated event.

This really is the year of the flower – they’re taking center stage! From larger, cascading bouquets; floral crowns for the bride; suspended centerpieces over the table, a bed of flowers laid under escort cards, lush details are a new wow we’ll see much of this year.

Woodland weddings are the new rustic must. Couples are implementing ferns, ethereal lace and touches of gold. Also hot are wreaths – they’re everywhere! We’ve seen wreaths carried by flower girls, as a backdrop to the cake, aisle décor and even in the shape of table numbers. They’re easy to double as ceremony-to-the-reception décor.

TBL: What else can you tell us?
RC: I’m so excited to be working on our first project with Two Bright Lights, featuring 50 Weddings from each of the 50 States. We’ve never curated a specific wedding set for the sole purpose of showing how diverse weddings are across America. Here, we’ll package up a lovely set of inspiration… from sea to shining sea!


Photo Courtesy of Aaron Varga Photography

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  1. to Whom it may concern,
    i just got in engaged and I want to submit my engagement photos to The Knot. Can you please give me instructions on how to submit.

    1. Hi Christine! You’ll first want to go to wwww.twobrightlights.com to create an account. Once you have an account, you can begin creating albums and submitting them to The Knot or any of the other publications that we work with. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. Hello there,

    If I have a question regarding the status of my submission to the knot via two bright lights, who would I contact? It seems I cannot find any relevant info online, please help.

    Thank you in advance,

    1. Hi Ashlee, please head on over to twobrightlights.com and sign up! With permission, you can post photos from your photographer and submit your wedding story yourself. Thank you for your interest in TBL! I hope to see your submission soon 🙂


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