Richmond, Virginia Photographer | Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks!

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?

Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer | Anania Wedding

Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer | Anania Wedding

Boy, am I happy to be able to share this wedding with you all! 

I had the privilege of capturing Darius and Kate's wedding last month in Richmond.  After wrapping up all the editing over the weekend, I don't think the day could've gone any more perfectly. There were just so many things that I love. I love being from Richmond.  I love Overcast days. I love fall. I love goofy and spunky couples that are so in love with each other that I'm almost invisible. 

Sneak Peek | Chitwood Wedding

Travis & Laura are married! Check out a sneak peek from the Chitwood Wedding!

Lynchburg Wedding Photographer | Toliver Wedding

I'm really excited to have the opportunity to share the Toliver Wedding on my blog! 

I attend church with John and Kristi in Lynchburg at Lynchburg Church of God - I've been attending there for about a year now, so I definitely saw the two of them often! Early this Summer, they asked me to shoot their wedding and I gladly accepted! 

One thing that was distinctive about John and Kristi's wedding was that it was completely relaxed, awesome usage of purple (which is Kristi's favorite), the details were absolutely on point, integration of their favorite sports teams (Duke), but also an atmosphere surrounded by their love for the Lord and their love for each other. 

I was super humbled to be a part of John and Kristi's special day! I definitely have to put their wedding on my list of favorites! I had a blast. Here are a few of my favorite images from the Toliver Wedding:

Venue: Temple Baptist Church

Entertainment: Jason Thomas

Florist: Morgan Stone

Second Shooter: Maria Lucas