A Picture (or Video) Is Worth a Thousand Words

After choosing our venue, the next big decisions that we nailed down were our photographer and videographer. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that I wanted to have both of these things professionally done. I know that looking back at pictures and having videos to watch in the years after our wedding is going to be so important, so I want to make sure they’re done right! First up, our photographer, the lovely Miss Megan Fortner. I am so excited to have this girl taking beautiful pictures of our wedding day. I actually knew Megan from school, but only recently did I discover how talented she is with her camera. I love that she will have a young and fresh outlook and ideas for our big day, and we had the best time doing our engagement shoot with her—can’t wait to share that with you guys soon!


Image via Megan Fortner Photography


Image via Megan Fortner Photgraphy


Image via Megan Fortner Photography

Next, comes the super talented Vanessa McKellar. I’m not the first bee to hire Vanessa—you might remember seeing the wedding videos she did for Mrs. Snapdragon and Mrs. Frozen Yogurt a while back. I discovered Vanessa’s blog during my freshman year of college (stalking wedding sites when I should’ve been studying) and literally fell in love with her work. I knew wedding videos were somewhat common, but I had never seen anything like what Vanessa did. The videos she films/edits/works her creative magic on are nothing short of amazing. Had I not discovered her work, I could see myself being unsure about wedding videography, but after I saw what she could do, I knew I wanted her to capture our day.

Vanessa was the first person I contacted (aside from friends and family, of course) after Mr. Coach proposed. I was so excited she had our date available and I was able to send her the deposit and book her for the wedding. I haven’t been able to meet Vanessa in person yet, but I can already tell she is going to be an absolute joy to work with. I think that genuinely caring to get to know people is part of what makes her work so special and unique to each person. She’s awesome—I can’t wait to see what she does with our special day.

Just for fun, here’s a beautiful piece of work by the talented Vanessa McKellar—it’s one of my (many) favorites!

Did you know 100% that you wanted professional photography and/or videography, or were you on the fence about either?


Mrs. Coach

Wedding Date:
October 2012
The Last One, First
The OTHER White Dress(es)
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    LK2511 80 posts, Worker bee @ 8:53 am

    Jealous! I loved her videos on the other blogs but I had to cut costs and go for a cheaper option.

    (And why does everyone use the same song for their wedding highlights??)

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:30 am

    I think videography is pretty neat but it’s expensive. My friend is currently looking into it and gonna drop $3,500 for it. I have a hard time justifying that kind of money. The clips are always wonderful but it just seems so expensive. I know I’d look at photos a lot but I dunno how many times we’d watch our wedding. Maybe anniversaries? I dunno, but that’s just me. Your photographer and videographer look great!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:38 am

    I told Mr T right after we got engaged that I really wanted us to splurge on photography. There are so many not-so-good phtogs around here that I wanted to make sure we had one of the good ones.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:52 am

    Both do such beautiful work, I can’t wait to see how they capture your wedding day :)

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:05 am

    Vids like these make me so jealous! We didn’t go the video route for financial reasons but I love ’em all the same. Can’t wait to see yours!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 10:39 am

    She’s an amazing videographer! I’m excited to see your final result.

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 10:47 am

    Such great work! Videography and photography are what I’m most excited for as well!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:10 pm

    I think professional photography (and, potentially, videography) are must-haves for us!

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 5:58 pm

    Wonderful choices! I didn’t want videography at first, but have to tell you, it was the best decision we made. Can’t wait to see all the finished products :)

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:26 pm

    Wow you are lucky to be so decisive! I found it really tough to decide on a photographer! I decided against a videographer but we are going to buy a little camera and share it between the two of us to have “bride cam” and “groom cam” on our day!

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    mscoach 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:36 pm

    @Jacofblues: that’s a really neat idea! it will be really fun to share your “side” of the day with each other afterwards.

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