One of my favorite parts about wedding planning is being behind the scenes. In fact, that's why we call ourselves the Wedding Ninjas. We're there, you know we're around, but you just never know when we might pop out of the shadows! Now that I'm knee deep in planning my own wedding, I'm realizing more and more how much I would rather be back on my normal side of the table.
Case in point: our engagement shoot. Our photographer is fantastic and made some really awesome suggestions, but some of my industry buds scared the living daylights out of me. Get a spray tan? Get my hair, make-up, and nails done? Rent a dress? No way, that just isn't me! I can see why it's important for others to do those things, but just the thought of being in front of a camera was enough to make me a little woozy. And now to make a whole production out of it? My gut reaction was to cancel the whole thing altogether.
Luckily my fiance is THE BEST at bringing my level of crazy down to a tolerable level. In less than five minutes he sweetly reminded me that it wasn't about the production, but about us hanging out with our good friend who just happens to be an excellent photographer. It's not about how good we look, but about holding hands and making memories together.
And this is reason #235697 I'm excited to marry him.
To make it feel less of an awkward thing, we chose to do the majority of the session at home. I loved the idea of us being in our own element and I immediately felt a little more at ease. Fun props always help, so we headed out to pick up donuts, some balloons (terrible idea and I'll tell that story separately), champagne, and beer. We gave our most important prop a bath so she'd be extra shiny, too.
After a couple of glasses of champagne I was ready for part deux. A quick outfit change later we hit the road and headed towards another fun prop, downtown Norfolk. Norfolk is another place that feels like home to me because it's as close as I can get back to New York City. Our Cherry Blossom office is there, many dates have happened there, and I just love the energy.
We owe a HUGE thank you to Amanda of Stellar Exposures. We've worked with her numerous times and so have our clients, and it's easy to see why so many people love her. She was intuitive, down to earth, and not afraid to be herself - this leads me to the most important tip: choose your vendors wisely!