Real Bride | A picture perfect wedding: A tale of choosing wisely

From Real Bride Michaela:

I’ll admit it - I jumped the gun. When Chris proposed to me, I was over the moon excited to start planning and lock down all our vendors. Most of them came very easily. We knew when we saw our venue that we would be saying our vows there, we knew exactly what band we wanted to dance the night away with, our wedding planner was gifted to us by Chris’s mom, and our planner used a florist who she worked with exclusively, so that decision was a breeze. When it came time to make a decision about a photographer, I asked a co-worker if she could recommend someone, as she used to be a wedding photographer herself. She spoke very highly of her friend, so Chris and I made an appointment to meet with her. I had not researched any other photographers or even wedding photography at all, so I had no idea what was out there. I was sold after just one slideshow. Or so I thought…

Chris told me, “Michaela, please be sure that this is the one. We have plenty of time and she is the only photographer we’ve met with.” But I was adamant that we had to jump on this or else all the photographers in the whole state of Colorado would be booked up. It was June, still 15 months before our wedding. Silly me.

When it came time for our engagement session, I was so excited. The photographer was fun, easy going, made us feel so at ease, and we had a great setting and day for the shoot. She got us the pictures within a week, and I couldn’t wait to see them. While the photos were very classically beautiful, I was underwhelmed. They didn’t really showcase our personalities and they looked a little cookie cutter. I really can’t say anything bad about this photographer; she is very good at what she does and she has an excellent reputation, but it just wasn’t “us.” This is the moment I started looking online and in magazines for other photography options, and I discovered a style that was much more fitting.

I was torn. We liked our current photographer and we really hit it off with her, and I didn’t think our budget would allow me to forego our down payment, but my heart was telling me to go in a different direction. Chris supported me completely (with a tiny little “I told you so” in there somewhere).

It was the best wedding decision I have made thus far. After a ton of research, finally, we found a photographer who simply “fit.” It was like she knew us before she even met us… and her pictures?

Divine. Just perfection. Moral of the story is, DO YOUR RESEARCH. There may be decisions that you have to make quickly, but big ones like the photographer should really be finessed. Know your style, know your wants, meet with lots of people and ask for portfolios! Compare, compare, compare. It all paid off for us in the end, and Carly Mitchell Photography, you rock our world.

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