I have seen a lot of commercials for e-harmony, and I always wondered to myself if it really worked. Well, after meeting Stephanie and Brad and spending some time with them, I know for sure that it does! They could not be a better (or cuter) pair if they tried. John and I spent Saturday afternoon hanging out with these two at Yorktown Beach and got to hear all about their wedding details. I am SO excited about all of the fun things they have planned!!
Did you think this series was gone? IT’S BAAAACK! You can blame my busy schedule and writer’s block for it’s brief absence
Like with many wedding related things, I found that shopping for a wedding gown could be somewhat of a roller coaster ride. At least for me. So, I thought I would share a few tips on getting the most out of the experience! Feel free to share yours in the comments!
Before you go, do your research!
Have an open mind
Know your budget
Don’t bring everyone you know
To conclude this post I decided to share some outtakes from when I went dress shopping back in 2010 (seems like SO LONG AGO!). Excuse my unexcited faces…that’s just how my face looks.
If you read my blog every once in a while (Thank you!!) you might have seen a post a while back where I explained how I got started and what photography means to me. Well, that post was actually my entry into a contest to win a seat at the Katelyn James Workshop Experience!! I hate entering contests because I’m always so afraid to lose, but when Katelyn announced she was hosting (is that the right term?) a contest for a seat at her workshop, I decided to enter anyway. I knew that even if I didn’t win, challenging myself to enter the contest and open myself up would be a good, positive thing to do. Well…to my surprise, I ended up winning third place and being able to afford to attend!! I was SO pumped when I found out I was a winner! I was having a terrible week (you know, the kind that make you question your whole life) and winning a prize definitely helped lift my spirits!
Last Friday I drove out to Richmond to attend the workshop not really knowing what to expect. I’d never been to a workshop before and was pretty nervous! What if my questions were stupid or too obvious?? Honestly, even if my questions were the worst questions in the history of questions, I would have never known! Katelyn was super sweet and patient and answered every question we could come up with.
I have been following Katelyn’s blog for a while now and I will just say that I really liked her from reading her posts, but I LOVE her as a person in real life (you know, not on the internet…ha). She is incredibly genuine and has such a good heart. You can tell that she really cares about people and you can’t help but love her for that. Not only did she share tons of her secrets with us, she was also incredibly encouraging. I really appreciated that!! I tend to be pretty hard on myself.
The day started in the classroom, where we learned about posing and light. After that we got to observe Katelyn in action and then had the chance to shoot a sweet mardi gras themed wedding put together by Dana FitzGerald! YES, I said mardi gras! The couple that modeled got married a year ago in New Orleans so the theme was in their honor!
Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August available at Bella Bridesmaid Richmond Mini Birdcage Veil: Tigerlilly Jewelry Jewelry: Simply Vera Vera Wang Wedding Cake: Kristine Bender of K Rose Cakes Chairs, linens, and tables: Perfect Party Creative Director and Stylist: Dana FitzGerald Floral Design: Janie Medley of The Bride’s Cafe Makeup Artist and Hair Design: Emily Hudspeth Calligraphy: Moya Minns of MM Ink Model: Emily Hudspeth (Bride) Location: Virginia Center for Architecture
This post is more for Virginia photographers (or business owners) than people in other states. It also mostly applies to newer folks who are working on getting established than to those who have been around a while. When I started my business last year (while trying to plan my WEDDING haha) I was quickly overwhelmed trying to figure out what I needed to do and what forms I needed to complete to make everything official. Well, somehow I stumbled upon the VA Business One Stop, an application created by the the state to help small businesses. VA Business One Stop is actually pretty easy to use…you pay twenty dollars to use the service to create a business (and there may be more fees involved depending on how you decide to classify yourself) and it walks you through all of the required steps and then populates the forms you need to file. If the city or county you live in allows online filing, it will file them for you. Unfortunately, good ole Newport News doesn’t allow online filing so I had to make a visit to the clerk’s office. To me, 20 dollars to make life simpler is pretty much a no brainer!
VA Business One Stop also has some pretty great resources for current small business owners, such as one on one business counseling and tax information, but I haven’t really used any of those features so I can’t really say much about them, but if they are anything like the service for new business holders, I’m sure they are great!
I’m honored and excited to share that Jasmine and Fabio’s wedding has been featured on the blog The East Coast Bride!! The East Coast Bride is such a great blog full of tons of ideas and inspiration. Go on over and check out all of Jasmine and Fabio’s hard work (and leave them comments too!). You can see their blog post here.