I had so many things I knew I wanted to share before this moment came but now that it is here, the words have all left me! I blame it on the pregnancy brain. 🙂
It is so bittersweet sitting here the evening before my last wedding. I have been photographing weddings since 2014 and it has been such a important part of my life & career these past eight years! I have been able to witness a lot of love and beauty. I had some really amazing couples and so many I have been able to continue watching their love and families grow in the years after their wedding day! It has been the biggest pleasure & honor! Those sweet couples all have helped me grow my business into something so much more than I dreamed it ever would be. I am thankful for each one trusting me to document the starts of their beautiful lives!
And in those eight years, I truly could not have done it without the help of everyone who worked alongside me as a second shooter or my editor who has helped make your wedding portraits as beautiful as they were! But most importantly, my mom was the best assistant I could have asked for! That woman made sure I was hydrated and well fed throughout the day and making sure I never missed any sweets before walking out to my car at the end of the night! (The most important task on her list!) 🙂 She was my eyes and ears and voice when I couldn’t be in two places at once. She has done above and beyond what I would have ever been capable to do on my own!
It is hard to close this chapter without having such mixed emotions; I’m nervous, emotional and excited all rolled into one! (My mom is especially so sad, I still don’t think she has come to full terms with it! Actually I think we are both really sad about losing our pizza runs after every wedding but I think we will just have to sprinkle those in every month!) But it’s time for me to start focusing on the season of life I am in currently that will be gone before I know it. And with that comes my love and passion for documenting mother’s who are in the same stages of life; raising & growing babies! So it was time to let this chapter close for now so I can pivot and flow eloquently into this current season we are living.
So before I sign off of here, I thought I would leave with just a few tidbits I’ve gathered throughout the years for couples planning their wedding day:
Don’t forget to hire a videographer.
Find a moment before your reception to take a step back alone, soak it all in and just be together.
Have your caterers package up food for you to eat that night! You’re going to be hungry!
And of course, a piece of cake too!
If you bought a live wedding bouquet, be sure to research a way to preserve it!
Hire the wedding planner. Always.
The first look isn’t going to ruin the walk down the aisle moment. Share that first time of seeing each other in private, you’ll never regret it.
When choosing a time to get married, if it’s outside, make sure it’s not during the hottest time of day during the warmer months. You don’t want to be sweaty in those portraits!
Whether a wedding planner, family member or friend, always delegate cleaning up to someone else after the ceremony and reception. You focus on just being married!
Don’t forget to thank your ‘people’ for coming to celebrate you two!
Your guests will always remember the music, the drinks and the food the most during your reception – hire the right vendors!
And because I can’t forget one of the most important things: one tangible thing that you will get to take with you after your wedding day, is going to be your wedding portraits. Invest in your photographer. Make sure you love them, their work, their style, you trust them 100% and you also feed them when you are eating dinner as well. They will love you forever for that. <3
All the best,