Johnny and Jessi- a wedding story

Just shy of a month ago, I had the extreme pleasure of being able to capture the wedding of my husband’s childhood best friend. It was a beautiful day and I loved every minute of it. (despite being nearly 7 months pregnant at the time and on my feet for about 7 hours)

The day couldn’t have been more perfect- it had been windy and cool the night before when they had their rehearsal, but the sky was just barely overcast the day of the wedding, with temperatures in the mid-70’s. Perfect for pictures, perfect for a wedding, just perfect.

I thought I’d share a few of the pictures from that day.


Vow renewal ceremony update

These shots are the bouquet- my beautiful wonderful bouquet that makes me tear up a little bit just thinking about it because its the second one I’ve made. The first one resides in vases all around my house and never saw the ceremony because everything was rushed and the ceremony didn’t have any decorations. This one is actually going to see action tho and that makes me happy and a little wistful all at the same time.

The pictures are a little blurry- the light inside was bad and the heat outside was too much for this girl to want to take pictures in. This bouquet features flowers both hand made and cut with my Silhouette SD. There are feathers, buttons, beads, and even a couple of fabric flowers, not to mention a thimble. This bouquet is my something old and blue. The buttons came and thimble came from my grandma’s sewing tins that I was given by my aunt just a few months before she too passed away. The wrapping for the handle was quilt binding that has been salvaged by my gramma and I can just picture her with her ingrained habits of the Great Depression carefully salvaging that binding in the same way that she saved buttons, bottles, and even thread.

The pitcher the bouquet rests in was hers as well.


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?