One of the best ideas is to have an extra session after the wedding to truly get some amazing images before you put your wedding dress away. Just one last time to squeeze out all the lovely beauty and a moment to relive one of the most special days of your life. I am definitely going to do this! Sometimes you just want some time specially dedicated to portraits outside of the wedding day. Sometimes called Day After sessions or Trash the Dress sessions (I prefer not to trash my dress personally haha)… here’s another glimpse into a day after session with John & Cathy. They had a gorgeous celebration at Pepperdine and the Viceroy. You can see it here and here
One of my new favorite places to visit is Palm Springs. I was able to find some yummy food spots while I was there and I now I can’t wait to go back! Leland and Stephanie got married at the Cree Estate in Palm Springs. Such a fun destination wedding that truly ended with a splash! Enjoy all the fun display of images from the day!
I ended my wedding season with this stylish and fun couple! Had a wonderful time! Here’s a little preview from the day until the rest are done! :)
Ok so I skipped last monday in my “wedding planning” posts.. haha. Omar and I were too caught up with getting prepared for our own engagement session. It so much work to get all dressed up! A lovely friend, Lindsey of Eyelet Images took them for us and so I posted one at the bottom of this post :)
Today I had my first fitting for my dress alterations. And oh my goodness I was beyond excited. If you saw how it fit before, you would be amazed too! Without giving too much away, I would say that my dress is “special”, so taking it to just anyone to alter wasn’t what I had in mind. I guess it was only “fitting” that I use Something Special by Grace. She has been a wedding dress angel! But before I hired Grace, I didn’t have the best experience with my dress and brainstorming alteration ideas.
I met with one other alterations person I was referred to who was highly rated on yelp. I made an appointment right away based off of her reviews. I was mostly quiet during the meeting trying to take in what she was saying thoughtfully and understand what she was trying to communicate. I was a bit shocked when she told me that no other alterations person would touch my dress, that it was not possible. She eventually strongly suggested that I should just sell the dress and get a whole new one. In my head it looked possible, but what do I know? While the lady was very sweet, I concluded that she must not have the expertise that was needed. Either that, or she didn’t want to take the time it took to alter my dress. So, I decided to go back to my original seamstress that I had wanted to go with from the beginning. I really just wanted to see what other alterations people would advise before I finalized my decision. I’ve already had the pleasure of working with Grace from my brother’s wedding because she custom made all our bridesmaid dresses. When I went to Grace, she had the polar opposite reaction. She spoke with confidence and terminology that completely made it very obvious that she knew the construction of a dress and how to work with the “special” circumstances. I told her what I envisioned and she kept responding with how it could be accomplished. There was no doubt that she was the lady for the job.
Fast forward to today…. I tried it on with her first alterations. And… I felt so joyful. She even made it seem effortless! I was so excited and relieved (considering what the other lady told me… that it was impossible). She is very talented and very much worth the great work she does. I can’t wait to finally wear my dress for Omar and to see the final touches she adds! My advise is to definitely find someone who has the expertise to accomplish what your “special” arrangements require. There are all types of people who have different levels of experience, so research and asking questions always helps! And it doesn’t hurt to ask for other opinions! :)
The 6 month mark. To us this is a new chapter…and its been an interesting story from the beginning. Two kids growing side by side <3.
I photograph weddings for a living…it’s my full-time occupation. I pretty much eat, sleep, dream weddings.. but from a completely different perspective. Being on the other side of everything now as the bride… it has been very interesting. I can honestly say I feel empathetic and can completely understand how brides feel being caught up in having to plan their wedding. However, I also don’t feel like the every day bride. I actually feel incredibly laid back and not quite up to beat with what should have been planned by now. I’m not concerned so much that every single thing goes perfectly… but that every single thing has true meaning and love behind it. It doesn’t hurt to do it with style though!
I like to research and truly do my homework whenever big decisions need to be made… especially when money is involved. So, Omar may have been a little overwhelmed at times when I kept showing him venue after venue. I did tons of research and looked at price lists from all over (the world!). I’ve read it all, restrictions, do we have to bring in our own rentals? Do we have to bring in extra bathrooms? How close are the bathrooms? Do we have to use the venue’s caterer? Guest number limitations? And on goes the list of elements we had to consider when trying to narrow down our favorites and also determine and rule out the choices we just didn’t have to means to accomplish. After many hours trying to find the best fit for us, we finally agreed and chose our venue a couple months ago. It was a very happy day for us. We can’t wait. Every Monday until the big day… I’ll be posting a little status of how our wedding journey is going. So join us… it’s going to be a love-filled joyful ride!