I’ve gotten so behind on blogging, but I’ve got so much to share. Hopefully I’ll be catching up sooner rather than later! So far this year, I’ve had sixteen full weddings, twenty-five engagement sessions, and twenty-eight boudoir sessions, amongst other things. Busy is an understatement! It’s been such a great year so far though, and the fall brings even more fun.
Even with a busy year, the last two months have slowed down. It’s been hot outside. Really hot. Not a lot of people want to shoot when it’s near 100 degrees, and I don’t blame them. With the slow season though, came my doubts about my work and my business. I know everyone has a slow season (and this isn’t my first time), but I started to think that my work wasn’t good enough. That I wasn’t getting enough bookings to keep myself and my family afloat. Slowly getting more and more nervous that I would have to look into other possible employment. I also was at a complete standstill with my processing. This year has been a journey for learning more about my specific style, my brand, and how I want myself and my images to be shown. I’ve tried all kinds of things. Today’s wedding that I’m sharing was the beginning of the journey. I’ve slowly been refining that style and now am starting to feel much more comfortable for where I want to be and how I want to proceed with my work. That, alongside with bookings starting to come in for next year, help me to know that I’m still doing what I’m supposed to be doing.
This may sound like a bunch of mumbo jumbo to you, but I felt the need to share. It’s part of the reason things have been quiet here. I have been extremely stressed out, and while this wasn’t the only factor playing into that stress, it was a big one. Things are turning around and looking up for the next season to come, I’m excited to continue to share my journey with you.
Now, enough of that. Let’s talk about Addie and Kerry. Addie first wrote to me about a year before her wedding, saying she was referred by Alex (I’m a little biased towards Alex, she’s kinda one of my favorite brides for many reasons, but mainly for having the patience with me to shoot her wedding just days after giving birth). In her first email, Addie wrote that she was going for a “romantic, elegant, and vintage look” and that her favorite details for the wedding were “my petal pink dress, my Italian dinner, and my flower ideas (trailing flowers from the ceiling!!).” I was instantly excited. Not to mention, as her planning continued, she developed an amazing vendor dream team! After a gorgeous engagement session, I knew we were the perfect fit to work together.
I’m not entirely sure if I can pinpoint my favorite details from the day, because they were all so incredible. Addie’s beautiful Essense of Australia gown was to die for, and Kerry’s pairing blue suit couldn’t have been better. The greenery all over Douglas Manor from HotHouse Design Studio was so beautiful. All of Addie’s bridal details, reception details, and even the small things, like including a Mrs. Box, were so carefully planned out (and huge thanks to the help of Becky’s Brides!). Addie has such a big heart and wanted the day to reflect her love for Kerry, which is a big big love. Every detail nailed it.
My favorite moment of the day was during the first look. With the possibility of rain looming for most of the day, we were nervous about having the first look outdoors. When it finally stopped (for what we were hoping was a while), we decided to proceed, having umbrellas on hand just in case! As soon as Kerry turned around to see his stunning bride, the rain came back. It didn’t phase these two for a second. They hugged, loved, cried, and laughed, all while the rain came. It was SO sweet! Of course it decided to stop not long after, long enough for us to take wedding party photos (and then of course it came and went for the rest of the day!). It was the best moment. The rain DID hold off long enough for Addie’s dream ceremony, which we were so glad for.
Addie and Kerry, thank you a million times for having me as a part of your wedding day! I can’t thank you enough for getting to share such a special moment with you. I can’t wait to blog your after session as well (when the sun was shining of course)!
And to everyone who read through all of this, thank you. I will continue to share how this year has changed not only my style and processing, but my heart and my brand as a whole.
Photography: j.woodbery photography | Venue: Douglas Manor | Planning: Becky’s Brides | Videography: Psycle Films | Hair and makeup: Sydney Nelson from Lunatic Fringe Salon | Bridal gown: Essense of Australia | Gown shop: Diane’s Formal Affair | Groom’s suit: J. Crew | Groomsmen suits: Mr. Burch Formal Wear | Bridesmaids dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Floral design: HotHouse Design Studio | Prop rental: PropHouse Birmingham | Catering and cake: Joe’s Italian | Milkshake bar: O’Carrs | Tent rental: Special Occasions | Ceremony music: On Site Productions | Band: Blackberry Breeze