Sorry for the short hiatus, y’all. You might remember that I’m a middle school teacher, and with state tests coming up in seven weeks, things are starting to get hectic around here.
Since Christmas came and went, Blue Mom and I have been searching high and low for a reception venue near our church. The church we chose is kind of out in the middle of nowhere, so reception options are kind of limited.
New Hope Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee // Personal Photos
The very first place we looked at is called Homestead Manor, and I LOVED this property. It is an antebellum home just down the street from my parents and about 10 minutes from our church, and they recently added a big events barn to the property with a fireplace, beautiful chandeliers, and a pond in the back.
To end his speech at our reception, my brother told us where we were going to be going on our honeymoon. “Enjoy your honeymoon in Hawaii,” he said.
I had never been to Hawaii before, and Mr. Sugar Cube had only been once to Maui 15 years ago. This time we were going to the Big Island, to spend six days in Kona and enjoy the coffee festival before spending five days in Waikoloa with our toes in the sand.
We didn’t have a rental car, so we were shuttled to our hotel when we landed. And not having a car made for a great first week on the big island. We walked everywhere. Everywhere.
Bees, we talked to a lot of photographers. Pittsburgh is a pretty awesome city, filled with tons of great photo options. In fact, most of the pictures in my last post were taken by Pennsylvania photographers! And I preeeetty much contacted all of them, and then some. Here’s how the Dreamcatchers caught our dream photographer. (I’m sorry, I had to. :P)
Step one: Google the crap out of them. Find their portfolio, reviews, blogs, and any other info on the web. If you like what you see, proceed to step two.
Step two: Send an email asking for pricing. We set our budget to (what we thought was) a fairly high number, so if their packages started over our budget we moved along.
Step three: If I still liked them after reviewing their portfolio yet again, we met face to face.
Mr. Prince Charming is not a fan of being photographed.
One afternoon he said, “I would love to have photos of us on the walls in the house someday soon.” I ran with that statement and scheduled our engagement photos. He was entirely exasperated with the process, but loves that we have quality photos of our mugs to hang wherever, whenever.
Much to his dismay, I even planned outfits.
We hired one of my favorite people who happens to be quite adept with a camera, Tina of Selah Vida Photography. Tina has been photographing me for the last seven years, at least. Nearly all of my most cherished photos were captured by her lens.
For instance, the time that we had a family food fight…
Like so many other couples before us, photography was a huge priority for the Dreamcatchers. We want to remember every single moment of the day I know will move too fast. We’re going to be looking at these pictures for the rest of our lives, so we wanted to make sure we were making an investment in them. Plus…I could probably look at pretty wedding photos all day and not get tired of it. Seriously. What’s not to love? The gorgeous gowns, the pretty colors, stylish details, happy faces, wheeee!
The problem I ran into was narrowing down exactly how I wanted our photos to look. How’s a bride supposed to narrow it down when they’re all so gorgeous? Let me be perfectly clear—I by no means have any experience with professional photography. My nonexistent talent extends no further than my iPhone. These are just a few “styles” that I noticed come up multiple times as I was hunting for our photographer and thought were worth sharing!