As you get a chance to know me, you will learn that I have quite the sweet tooth. If it’s sugar, I’ll probably find a reason to fit it in my mouth. I absolutely love ice cream. I love cheesecake. I go through different candy phases, and it just finds its way to cycle through. It’s so great for my soul, NOTTTT so great for my body lol, especially as I’ve gotten older. ;) But when you think about weddings, one of the things that catches my eyes the most are the wedding cakes. It’s among the first (if not the very first) things I photograph in the reception area. There are so many different styles and tastes that I just have to take the chance whenever I can! My absolute FAVORITE bakery in Richmond is Pearl’s Bake Shoppe. It’s just perfect in every way. I’d love to hear of your favorite bakeries, but before I do, here’s some awesome wedding cake inspirations!
Wedding planning is a world of its own. I got engaged earlier this year (getting married in September) and one of the things that I realize is that there are so many resources out there for brides! There’s so many different ideas and styles and budgets. One size definitely does not fit all. So in the midst of all my own planning, I wanted to share some of my favorite wedding planning tips!
Decide What is Best for You.
Although I have been a part of so many weddings, it was hard to filter through all of the information and decide what was best for me. At the end of the day, you HAVE to decide on what is best for you and your day because your wedding is supposed to reflect YOU. For example, I personally didn’t want to have a lot of flowers for decor and loved the idea of using floating candles so we’re combining the two.
Identify Your Stressors & Delegate Where You Can
One thing that I had the privilege of learning during my time in college was delegation and it has been something that has alleviated so much stress for me. What are my stressors? Colors, Design & Decor. I have taken quite a bit of design classes, but I personally would stay away from it if I have to. It STRESSES me out. So when it came to my wedding, I had the hardest time deciding on wedding invitations and I had decided to get them made for me. Deciding on what colors my bridesmaids should wear in combination of tuxedos overwhelmed me, so I delegated that to my sister. I also put her in charge of deciding my decor.
Organize The Best You Can
This is the winner for me because I love organizing. My favorite part of wedding planning was budgeting, structuring the guest list, having a list of all our vendors, meetings, and the works. I utilized Google Docs/Sheets mostly because it was easier to share with my Fiance’ and my sister (who is also my wedding planner).
Get A Day Of Coordinator
Your wedding day will fly by quickly and the last thing you want is being stressed out about time and you also don’t want to take the day away from your family members. Have a DOC is so beneficial for making sure the day goes smoothly, getting everything set up, and also making sure everyone is informed with what needs to be happening. If there’s anything (outside of photography of course haha) that I would emphasize a bride should get for their wedding day, it’s a day of coordinator
Remember What is Most Important: Your Marriage
Wedding planning can be a full time job. You have to remind yourself that at the end of the day if things don’t go 100% the way you want them to, that the most important thing that would be coming from that day is the person that you are marrying. With this in mind, you'll be faced with having to compromise and say no to things. Remember to take time to plan for your marriage apart from your wedding. Talk about habits, finances, hurts, and pains. Nail down the things that are needed to start your marriage strong.
I’d love to know, what have you found useful in your wedding planning?
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it or not, but one of my goals for this year is to be blogging more regularly. I’m so behind on so many session and I want to do the best that I can to make sure that every session I do (plus more) ends up here! So today’s session that I want to share with you all is James and Addie. They got engaged this past fall and we went down to the Canal Walk (one of my FAVORITE places) to do their engagement session. When I first started photography, this was one of the first places that I did my sessions, so it always has a special place in my heart ;).
Anyways, I had such a great time capturing these two lovebirds! Here are some of my favorites from our session!
I do a lot of different things when I edit - listen to music or podcasts. I’d watch (maybe more like listen) to tv. I’ve cooked, “tried” to clean. But I think most often, I do listen to music.
I started listening to Christmas music on November 1. Now, I know all the Christmas purists feel as though we should wait until after Thanksgiving to pull it out, but I don’t care. I’ll listen as I please. ;) Here are some quick Christmas songs that are on my playlist this season:
I know, I didn’t go with anyone underground - I ALMOST put All I Want For Christmas is You (and believe me when I tell you that will always be on my playlist), but I decided to go with these three because it is also among my favorites on my list. Tell me, what is on your Christmas playlist?