How to Plan a Day that Reflects You
Being a wedding photographer can be difficult for me. If you know me well, you will notice I’m not really a girly-girl, I say what’s on my mind, and I don’t really care much of what the world around me thinks about how I live my life.
I’m a little bit of a hippy, but also kind of not, who loves to get her hands dirty and rebel against what the world tells people they should be or do. Of course, now a days, a wedding is one of the places that people feel that most pressure to have it look a certain way.
In the days of Pinterest and Instagram, Bridal Magazines and *cough cough* wedding photographers, florists, and vendors who tell you what you need to have for your day, it can be very hard for me not to tell my brides a little secret- you don’t need any of it, UNLESS you want it. A wedding shouldn’t be stressful. It should add nothing but joy too your heart. It should bring you and your fiancé closer, not farther apart, and it should feel authentic to you.
You don’t need a lavish wedding day with a plethora of guests. You don’t need flowers that break the bank, a dress with a label, or anything really, other than love. You don’t need anything other than you and the one you want to marry. Seriously, you don’t even need rings. Elope, run through the mountains, go to city hall, and call it a day. Life is too short to spend any time stressing about what is supposed to be “the happiest day of your life.” I have news for you, it’s not the happiest day of your life. It’s one of many. Release the pressure my dears.
To all my brides out there, your day does not need to look like anything other than EXACTLY what you want it to. It’s your day, that celebrates your relationship, and the beginning of a journey. It’s not the final destination, it’s just the beginning. Nothing needs to be perfect, just perfect for you.