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7 Things You Should Definitely Not Do While Wedding Planning

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1. Don’t invite people to your wedding just because you feel obligated.

You might be amazed at how many people do this. Spend any amount of time on wedding forums and you’ll see that some regrets come from brides and grooms inviting any old person to their celebration.
It is your wedding day and believe it or not you (or your family) has to pay for this. So why invite something that you don’t even like to your wedding? Just because mom or dad say so? That’s not a great reason. If you feel pressured to invite someone you don’t care for talk to your family about it. I’m sure they will understand.

2. Don’t skip the fine print. Read the contracts.

Boring? Yes. Essential? Absolutely! You’re not only dedicating a large chunk of cash to your wedding, but quite a bit of time, so it would be a shame to get taken advantage of. As a photographer I would say at least 80% of my clients don’t read the whole contract and end up having A LOT of questions down the road. I usually happily answer their questions but I also say “It’s all right there in the contract”. And if it’s something you don’t like then honestly there won’t be a thing you can do about it because you signed on the line. Keep yourself safe by reading through the fine print and/or having someone who may have a better understanding of contracts read them. Have questions about the contract? Ask them! They will be happy to chat with you about anything.

3. Don’t fall down the Pinterest/Instagram rabbit hole.

When you first begin wedding planning, you’ll probably scroll through endless photos of inspiring wedding details on Pinterest, Instagram, or some other social media site. There’s nothing wrong with that, as it can help you get started, but once you’ve made a decision, stick to it. Don’t second guess or overwhelm yourself by continuing to take in all the things (DIY projects, decor ideas, dresses…). Believe me, I had a DIY wedding and I mean we did everything ourselves and I would not recommend this to anyone!
Besides that, a lot of what you’ll see is just plain unrealistic. It won’t turn out exactly like the picture or you won’t have enough in the budget to pull off everything on your Pinterest boards. Figure out what is important to you and what you want the majority of your budget to be spent on and then trust yourself and your decisions and move forward in excitement.

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4. Don’t forgo researching marriage license laws.

This is a big one because it’s different in each state, and if you don’t get it right, you won’t be legally married. Do your research and find out what the law is in your state. Do the research!

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5. Don’t go on a crash diet.

First of all, they don’t work, and second of all, trying to lose weight so you’ll fit into a smaller size gown or pantsuit or whatever you choose to wear is just asking for trouble (obsession, stress, sleepless nights). When the last thing you need is more stress on top of planning an wedding.
Instead of ordering an outfit that’s two sizes too small and hoping you’ll be able to fit into it come wedding day, order the outfit in your current size and vow to eat healthy and exercise as you wedding plan. Also just love the body you are in! Even if you are not at your goal weight, just rock it! Have fun on your wedding day.

 

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6. Don’t wait until the big day to wear your shoes/outfit.

Chances are you’ll be donning a brand new outfit and shoes on your wedding day, so it’s important to “break” them in before the day actually happens. You’ll be standing, walking around, and dancing for most of the wedding, so knowing how your shoes and dress/suit feel during those activities is important information. Plus, dancing in a pair of unworn shoes is just asking for blisters and cramped feet. Do yourself a favor and take your wedding-day attire for a spin before it’s time to say your I dos.

7. Don’t get down on yourself.

There might come a time during wedding planning when you feel overwhelmed and frustrated that you can’t meet everyone’s expectations, including your own. You may even find yourself telling your partner, “I don’t want to wedding plan anymore. Can’t we just elope?”
Instead of beating yourself up when you’re fed up with wedding planning, slow down, take some time off if you need to, and remember how you felt in the beginning. Take care of yourself during this exciting time and keep in mind that things won’t ever be perfect, you can’t please everyone, you might need some extra help, and damn it, it’s you and your fiancé’s day.
Now go conquer the adventure that is wedding planning and look forward to the end result.

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Can we give more than 5 stars?! Jessica is absolutely amazing and everything you deserve in a photographer on your big day. From start to finish, she was everything we dreamed and more. She has a magical personality and the ability to make every person feel comfortable in front of the camera. By the end of the night it felt like she had been in our friends group for years and captured every moment perfectly. Highly recommend!
- Tiffany + Brandon
Hands down, Jessica is the best photographer around!  I cannot tell you how happy I am that I chose her and how grateful I am that she was able to so beautifully capture the best day of my life. I was very particular when choosing a photographer and chose Jessica based on her talent and her creative ability to think outside the box. I completely trusted her vision so when she suggested we hike to a waterfall in freezing temperatures in January, I agreed and it paid off big time. I ended up with an indescribably gorgeous bridal portrait that looks like it belongs in a magazine. My wedding pictures turned out just as stunning. She made my husband and I feel at ease, which translated into pictures that are truly representative of the love and excitement we felt on our wedding day. A bonus is that Jessica has a great personality and offers a calming presence, which is priceless among the hustle and bustle of a hectic wedding day. I couldn’t be happier with my experience with Jessica and I will continue recommending her to my family and friends!
- Brittany + Michael
Where do I start?? Are you looking for someone who's fun, innovative, and creative? Look no further! Jessica is an absolute pleasure to work with! She shot our engagement, my bridal portraits, and wedding day. Working with her was a breeze! She makes you feel so comfortable during your photo sessions. I cannot stress enough how important a good photographer is. Thanks to Jessica we were able to capture the best memories from the BEST day ever!
- Elizabeth + Manny
If you want the heart of a memory or event remembered, Jessica is the right photographer for you. My wife and I were married 10/14/18, and the first person that popped into my head for a photographer was Jessica. I have worked with her numerous times for other photo shoots and she has the essence to capture beauty in every shot. Looking through her other photos that she posts to social media always sparks creativity and awe. I will continue to always recommend her and Jessica for any special moment to be captured.
- Whitney + Sarah
You should stop looking and book Jessica! Booking her for our wedding was the best decision we made. Her charismatic, fun, and down to earth personality made it easy for my husband and I to feel comfortable in front of the camera. On our wedding day, Jessica was extremely professional but also so personable I felt like she knew exactly what to do to capture the very best photos. Jessica is extremely talented and gets your photos back in a timely manner. I would recommend her to anyone. It was an amazing experience to have her a part of our day.
- Alyse + Spencer
Jessica was the second best thing to happen at my wedding... behind marrying my husband of course ;) I was so stressed because my venue flooded and it was raining all week but she not only agreed to switch locations, she made all the stress go away. I'm still obsessed with our photos! 1000000% worth it. I wish she lived in Texas because I want more photos!!
- Alicia + Jordan
Jessica is one of the best photographers I have ever met. Looking through our photos, there was not one single photo I'm not in love with. My husband and I can be pretty awkward but the way Jessica captured us was awe inspiring. Our wedding album brought tears to our eyes. There wasn't a single detail or emotion missed. Jessica has a talent like no other to capture a mood. While the photos are beautiful works of art, what I love most is that you can see the deep love shared is them. Choosing Jessica will be the best, easiest decision in your process.
- Courtney + Josh
My husband and I wanted a photographer who would help us feel comfortable in front of the camera, and we certainly found it with Jessica. Throughout our engagement shoot and post wedding shoot, she helped guide us so that all of our pictures look natural and match our personality. She has such an amazing ability to capture the beauty of the surroundings as well. Our photos are the talk of the town, and I can't even count how many people called her and used her after seeing our epic pictures. I can't say enough about her and her work. She is just absolutely incredible
- Alexis & Collin
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