In all my years of writing about weddings, hearing about weddings, working at weddings, and planning weddings, I've decided where my number one wedding priority lies (besides, you know, the right partner and all that lovey-dovey shit). My top wedding priority is amazing photography.
I want to binge on amazing photos of your weddings. Back in the day, I wanted to take amazing wedding photos. And, most importantly, I want to have amazing wedding photos of my own wedding.
My first time around, we did not have amazing photos. We did not even have a wedding photographer that I liked. He was so bad, we fired him right after a disastrous portrait session. This time around, the very first vendor we booked is our photographer.
Now, I'm lucky, because I've gotten to spend the last seven years in what's basically an immersive wedding photography school. I've seen what great wedding photos look like, that I absolutely love. I've seen what great wedding photos look like that I can appreciate, but don't speak to me on a personal level. I've seen great wedding photographers bust out on the scene, make their mark, and then burn out or move on to other things. So, by the time I got engaged the second time, I had a list of amazing Offbeat Bride vendors to shoot my wedding.
But two things drove our ultimate decision: What we wanted our wedding would look like (fun! vibrant! full of color and whimsy!) and where it took place (Northern California). This meant I had the perfect excuse to book one of my all-time, long-time favorite wedding photographers: Wild About You Photography.
You've seen their photos all over Offbeat Bride, you've seen me gush about them recently, and, soon, you'll see what our wedding will look like through their lens! I can't freaking wait. But in the meantime, you can check out this recent wedding of theirs…
…featuring a bride wearing my dream KMK Designs dress, with purple hair like mine, getting married to a cute bearded groom, in the woods of Northern California. There's nothing like getting a flawless taste of your own wedding, through the lens of your own amazing wedding photographers!
So, that's one wedding vendor down — a billion more to go. But, no matter who we book from here on out, I know that the wedding photos are going to be amazing. And, booking the right vendor for my top wedding priority (besides the love, blah blah blah) has given me the ability to go from “what the fuck am I going to dooooo!?” to “keep calm and plan the fuck on.”
What was your number one wedding priority? Where you surprised by it? Or did you know you were going to go for it from day one?
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