I was doing pretty good

I was really- I posted 3 days in a row. But then life happened again. Monday morning my grandfather passed away at the age of 97Everyone in this picture has passed away

My grandpa had 8 children and is survived by 6 of them. My grandma passed away 10 years ago next Saturday and by some odd coincidence that is the day we’ll be holding my grandpa’s funeral.



Picture day

Working on prototypes for the wedding bouquet.

My colors are red and turquoise and I had some red and blue streamers on hand so I played around with different shapes and styles

No I’m not afraid of the camera… I think I was talking
This dress was a 22 and even in my largest days I’ve never been that big so forgive the gaping back

My favorite dress at the time. Something about it made me want it so bad…

But then again with an $800 price tag, I think I’ll shop around a bit more

Last but never least, the view outside my house ;D

At a loss…….

I’m a photographer. Okay maybe not a paid photographer, but still a photographer, a taker of pictures. I have standards and ethics and I also know what a photographer should charge to shoot a wedding. Can you tell where I’m leading with all of this yet? If you can’t you must have missed my post yesterday. I’m talking about how I want to photograph my own wedding (vow renewal) and I can’t for obvious reasons, but I also don’t have a clue how we’re going to afford a decent photographer to do it for me.

I keep going over the options (that I’m sure every other bride goes over) talented amateur friends and family, finding a beginner, pawning my first born child, etc. Here’s the problems in order- friends and family? I don’t think I have the time to teach them everything they’d need to know about shutter and aperture priorities to get that perfect shot, the beginner- maybe not a problem, but again I’d have to know they knew at least as much as I do, and I don’t have a first born child to pawn off yet so that’s out of the question. I know that the amount of hours that go into a wedding make the $2000 price range that most photographers charge fair. Don’t believe me?  Read this and then you’ll understand.

So with that in mind I’m trying to figure out a good compromise that will probably consist of me taking pictures of the details of the wedding on my own time. Morning of maybe? we’re doing an evening ceremony. That would let me get pictures of things like the dress, the reception setup, my shoes, bouquet, rings, etc. There are even things that I can take pictures of as I get them made and that will allow me to have some of my own creativity in the pictures along with the end results that whoever we choose as a photographer achieves.

And that folks is my goal for this week. To figure out the answer to this question. Why so soon you ask? You’ve got 13 months and some change to figure this all out… why now? Well, I’m kinda silly like that I guess.  On that note, you all have a nice night. I’m off to contemplate this conundrum for awhile longer and then bed because I has the sick.

Planning a Wedding

I’ve been busy and gone for awhile. So long that I’m not even going to try and fill you in on everything, I’m just going to pretend I’ve been here all along.

I’m planning a wedding. Actually, in technical terms, its a vow renewal ceremony, but its going to be the wedding I never had so its a wedding.

I never would have realized it until I read around on a few wedding sites, but apparently this is a very touchy subject for some brides to be. I for one cannot imagine what must have happened in their lives to make them so vicious towards other women like me who wish to have what, for whatever reason, they were unable to have the first time around, but I must say I was appalled.

Allow me to say now that if you are one of those people who feels that the idea of a couple having a wedding ceremony and reception for a vow renewal is wrong or a sham, please feel free to go somewhere else right now because that’s what this blog is going to focus on for the next several months leading up to our chosen date. We are not doing this for gifts or attention, but rather to have our friends and family there to witness our union and celebrate with us in the way we had wished to do it when we first got married.

I’m going to be DIY’ing a lot Lot LOT of stuff for this wedding and I plan to share as much of it as I can with my readers (all 3 of you plus the crickets lol). Some projects will be original, some my takes on other tutorials from around the web. I honestly won’t know until I get started, but I figure, hey- its worth a go, right?