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Fear of Commitment

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Fear of Commitment

Do you have fear of commitment?!

No, I’m not talking about in relationships, I’m talking about wedding choices and decor.

When I was preparing for my wedding Pinterest wasn’t available and when Pinterest first came out I thought, “Wow, what a tool for choosing wedding decor!” And then I remembered pouring over pages of wedding magazines and changing the color scheme, center pieces and bridesmaids’ dress color a million times in my head. And I came to the conclusion that maybe it was a good Pinterest wasn’t around when I was planning my wedding.

So, if you’re having fear of commitment you’re not alone and here are some tips to help you narrow your choices and commit for good.

  1. Get off of Pinterest and write a list of things you love. Ask yourself, what’s my favorite color, flowers, food, songs, etc.? How do I want the overall wedding to fee? ?(grand, intimate, fun, timeless, etc.) Using your answers, now get back on Pinterest and search weddings using your words.

Venue: Mill & Mine // Planning: Southern Bliss Weddings // Florals: Lisa Foster Floral Design

2. Spend the largest percentage of your budget on the things that matter the most to you. If I could do it all over again, I would have a small wedding, with my closest family and friends. I wouldn’t have worried about the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen matching. I would have the most amazing photographer I could afford. A beautiful bouquet and long tables where we would share a family style meal. I would want it to feel intimate, so I would have candles everywhere. And we wouldn’t party all night, we would dance for an hour or so.

Venue: (ceremony) St. John Neumann Catholic Church (reception) The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm // Florist: Swank Floral

3. Include things in your wedding that will matter after it’s all over. One of my favorite things at weddings is to see family heirlooms and special traditions that will be continued to be passed on. 

4. Have fun and show your personality. Love pizza? Have pizza delivered for cocktail hour or towards the end of the reception. Want your grandmother to be your flower girl? (First book ME to be your wedding photographer, pretty please) Call her and ask her. She will be smitten! Love horses? Include them in your wedding photos. 

If you are planning your wedding I hope these have helped you feel less overwhelmed! If you aren’t planning a wedding but know someone who is, please share this with them. Thank you in advance!

Hope you have a great week! 

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Knoxville Wedding Photographer - Styled Shoot

Knoxville Wedding Photographer - Styled Shoot

This past month has been so fun! Over my 10 years of being a photographer I've only done a handful of Styled Shoots. What's a styled shoot? It's a fun shoot where several wedding vendors get together for a photo shoot to give brides inspiration for their wedding. 

The vendors that participated in this shoot were:

Dresses- The Loveliest - The Loveliest is a private wedding dress shop located in Bearden. And let me tell you, if I were getting married this year I would definitely book my appointment with Anna at The Loveliest before going anywhere else. The reason? It is such an amazing experience to be the only bride in a bridal shop while trying on dresses. That's right, you can bring your best girl friends, your Mom and anyone else that means a lot to you and you'll be the only bride in there trying on dresses. 

Flowers - Swank Floral - I can not say enough about Swank Floral. They not only design your dream wedding bouquet, but they are so amazing to do business with!

Bangles - Stella Lace Shop - The gorgeous bangles were hand made by Stella Lace Shop. I love how they add some fun, yet they are still classic and perfect for a wedding day! 

Hair - Whitney Evan's Beauty (Whitney Evans) - Whitney Evan's is so incredibly talented and so sweet as well! I sent her a few photos, of Carrie Underwood up-dos, and boy did she deliver. Macy's (our gorgeous model) hair was flawless. 

Makeup - Whitney Evan's Beauty (Ashlond Fraker) - Ashlond did an incredible job on Macy's makeup!

Model - Macy Welch -  Macy is such a natural in front of the camera! She has modeled for many local vendors and I know why... you can't take a bad photo of her! You can find Macy on instagram at @itsmacynicole.