Some of you may already know this, but back in November I got married. I am also a wedding planner, so you can only imagine how much effort I put into planning my wedding. I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it to be done. There are two things I tell all my clients especially my brides. First, never ever go without a wedding planner, and if you decide to go without a planner in the very least get a day of wedding coordinator.
So naturally did I take my own advice? Of course not. Here’s a quick synopsis of what happened: My poor sister (and bridesmaid) didn’t get to enjoy my wedding. NOT one bit.
This mistake is what I reiterate to all my brides, that someone must run the show. No matter the size of the wedding, it can feel as though it is a live production on Broadway. There are so many moving pieces from start to finish that unless a coordinator is doing it, your family is running around like a chicken with their heads chopped off.
The second main piece I give my brides is to hire not a good but a GREAT photographer. I know this sounds easy enough to do. Well duh, of course hire a good photographer, but have you actually thought about what makes a good photographer? I’m here to tell you there are plenty of good to mediocre photographers out there taking wedding photos. So when choosing your photography think about how you like to be photographed. I believe that there are two types of people in this world, photogenic and non-photogenic. My younger sister looks good in every SINGLE photo. She yells out things like “that’s not my good angle!” or “tongue to the roof of your mouth!” and every time she looks good!
I believe I fall into the latter category. I knew that I was going to feel awkward and most likely have a weird smile. I highly encourage you to pick a photographer that makes you feel gorgeous, relaxed, and will cut it to you straight when you look a hot ass mess. Luckily for me Jules and Conrad are those kind of photographers. Not only can they photograph the photogenic with ease, they also give an extra push to those feeling slightly more awkward, so that you can be feeling like Beyoncé on your wedding day. If you need a little more help to find that right angle—I promise you Jules and Conrad are your people. They are magical people that captured the most special moments throughout my day, and to be honest moments I fear other photographers would have missed. Jules and Conrad truly took the time to get know me as a bride and they figured out what was the most important to me in my special day. I am thankful to have a time stamp of genuine moments that I get to look at every day.