Julie- if you want the real deal you should budget $3,000-$5,000 for great photography. Everyone’s on a budget but how much do you value the images that will last a lifetime. The flowers only last a day. The DJ/ band will be a distant memory. Your images will be with you forever.
If you want to choose a great photographer, one that will capture your day professionally, go to fredmiranda.com. Click on forums and then the Wedding Photographer sub-forum. That’s where the talent hangs. They post their latest work.