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September 5, 2017

I am not going to sugar coat it.  One of the hardest items to DIY for your wedding is a Day of Coordinator.  I speak from personal experience, as I had my cousin’s fiance coordinate my wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, she did an amazing job.  But after being in the wedding industry for so long, I appreciate the difference between a DIY coordinator and a professional Day of Coordinator.  But, this post is not about why you should hire a professional.  It is about to DIY the best damn Day of Coordinator for your wedding!

August 29, 2017

One of the smaller details in planning your wedding that is not thought of until the wedding rehearsal is the processional and recessional.  Pro what?  Re what?  This is the order that everyone walks down the aisle together at the beginning of the ceremony (processional) and end of the ceremony (recessional).  You may know who is walking the bride down the aisle.  But have you thought of if the groom is going to walk down the aisle?  Will his parents?  Will the officiant walk down the aisle?  The options are really endless and up to you!  If you are having a traditional religious wedding ceremony, ask your officiant what the order should be.  If you had your heart set on something different, ask if there is any wiggle room!

August 22, 2017

Little known fact, I worked retail in floral shops in high school!  I had an internship at a flower shop that turned into a part-time job.  It has been almost 10 years since then, but I can still make a simple boutonniere or bouquet.  (In fact, I DIY’d the floral for my wedding.)  I am by no means and floral expert, but I do know a thing or two about wedding flowers!  Here is some information to get you started thinking about what you want for your wedding day.

August 15, 2017

Hey all I’m here to tell you, I LOVE Wedding Planners!  (And not just because I thought I wanted to be a wedding planner, until I planned my own wedding and realized I like planning small parties but not huge events.)  It is because they make my job as a wedding photographer run so much more smoothly!

You may not be aware, but without a wedding planner, the wedding day coordination details often fall on the shoulders of the photographer.  While I am more than happy to do anything for my couples on their wedding day, I am able to do my best work when the only hat I wear on the day is that of photographer.

July 25, 2017

So, you are thinking about having a DIY wedding?  I had a very DIY wedding, and I can tell you from experience that is is a lot of hard work.  Deciding to have a DIY wedding is not a decision that you should take lightly.  The more items you DIY, the more time you will spend on your wedding, and the more physical space it will take up in your life too!  My husband and I had boxes upon boxes of decorations, cake stands, food, beverages, etc. in our house leading up to the wedding.  We filled up his pickup truck and the back of a large SUV to get everything to the venue!  

But DIY weddings can be very rewarding too!  For us, we were able to have the super personalized wedding we wanted at a price within our budget.  So here are some things to consider when choosing to go the DIY route for your wedding.

July 11, 2017

Eeeeep!  You’re engaged!  This is such an exciting time in your lives full of love and wonder.  All of your friends and family congratulating you and cheering on your love.  Maybe even throwing you an engagement party!  And then it happens.  You start actually planning your wedding and realize how much everything costs.  You are not alone, we have all been there!  The first step in navigating this new ocean of wedding planning is to create a budget for your wedding.  Here are my top tips for determining your budget!

July 4, 2017

If you did not know that there is a difference between wedding planners, designers, and day of coordinators, you are not alone.  I had no idea what the differences was until I planned my wedding!  The confusion isn’t helped when many of these companies and individuals will offer more than one of these services on a wedding day.  But don’t worry; I am here to help clear up the confusion!

June 27, 2017

Getting ready for your wedding day can be either amazingly smooth or crazy and hectic.  Preferably, we would all love to relax, sip mimosas (or your drink or choice), and hang out with our best friends the morning of our wedding.  Here are some tips to planning our your wedding morning so you can have […]

June 20, 2017

Arizona summers are gorgeous.  Yes, you heard me.  I love summer in Arizona.  The warm breeze in the evenings.  The smell of dusty rain at the start of our monsoon season.  The sunsets.  There is just something about Arizona summers that are magical.  So, I can totally see why someone would want to brave the […]

June 18, 2017

Grab a coffee or a butterbeer, this is going to be a long one!  Today we are talking about how to break down your wedding budget.  Creating a wedding budget can be confusing and overwhelming to say the least.  Even if you are a budget savy, finance minded person, unless you work in the event planning profession, taking on this task can be intimidating.  And the internet does not make it any easier.

Everywhere you look, someone is throwing numbers at you of where you should spend your wedding dollars, and they are all telling you something different!  From The Knot to Wedding Wire and everyone in between.  These are supposed to be two trusted names in the wedding industry, and they can’t agree on how much you should spend on a Wedding Planner.