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Aug 18, 2010

Wedding Planning. Round 1.

Ok. So this is going to sound a little crazy considering I'm a wedding photographer.

I hate wedding planning. Wait, back up, hate is a strong word. Let's say, I'm not a natural planner. I have girlfriends who love throwing parties and sending out evites and decorating their place all cutesy for the gathering... and, well, as girly as I am, I'm honestly just not into all of that. I've always said I'm more of a party goer than a party thrower. And I was never one of those girls who has daydreamed and preplanned my whole life what my wedding would one day be like.

Mind you, I LOVE to shoot weddings, just not planning my own. What I love about shooting weddings is showing up the day of and poof, everything is planned out and beautiful, I just have to document it. And secretly, deep down, I wish that's what could happen with my own wedding. I just want to show up and it all be done.

Thankfully I have the awesome wedding coordinating talent of Terrica Skaggs of Cocktails and Details to help me but it's all the little things in between that are stressing me out..... budgets.... guest list.... bridesmaids dresses.... my dress...... trying to fit the amount of guests we want into a space meant for a smaller guestlist...... worrying about it raining.... the photographer in me stressing about what will look good for pictures.... trying to please everyone and family involved.... trying not to offend that person I haven't talked to in 5 years that I'm not inviting but feeling like they are going to mad even though we haven't talked in 5 years.... trying not to offend that vendor I loved working with but didn't choose them for my own wedding...

My mom keeps reminding me, "Scarlett, it's your and Stephen's day you have waited your whole lives for, do it the way you guys want it."

Then comes the deep breath.

And another.

But in between the deep breaths, there are moments of daydreaming and visualizing that are a little fun. And since I'm a bride in the wedding industry, just thought I would share a few inspiration pieces of what I'm going for with the details.


A few years ago, I marked this page in Grace Ormonde's Wedding Style and said "One day, I want my wedding to look like this." Needless to say, our wedding colors are black and white with splashes of hot pink.



As much as Stephen and I love cupcakes, we are having a cupcake cake kind of like this display.




You've heard it before, every bride saying "But I chose a bridesmaid dress you can wear again." I wanted to mean it. My girls knew me well enough to know they are wearing pink, but I wanted to give my girls the option to have a fun party dress they can seriously wear again for a fun date or out on the town. And after shooting Brittany's wedding recently, I realized, I loved the idea of having one swatch and each girl choosing their own style to fit their own personality and body shapes. Plus, I didn't want bridesmaids dresses that LOOKED like bridesmaids dresses. So I chose the glam route of getting them all from Forever 21. (Uh, minus the look of the Minnie Mouse ears!)



So that's a little bit of wedding planning I've been working on. Only 240 something more days to go! :-)

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Blogger AnnieSuzanne said...

Awesome idea to get the bridesmaid dresses from Forever 21- you don't need to spend a ton of money to look good :)

August 18, 2010 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Jessica Latimer said...

My Dearest Scarlett, the infamous "I don't want tos" and "I wants." Know that some people will be offended, weddings bring out the best and worst in people, there will always be kinks, but the team you put in place and all of your loved ones will do anything in their power (along with giving you some champagne distractions) to not let you know about any of the problems, and that in the end this day is about you and Stephen...your love for each other and the start of your life together. Put just as much emphasis on the ceremony as the reception (so many brides jump right to the party, when there is only a party to celebrate the ceremony), soak in every minute because it goes by so fast, and don't absorb the pressures of working in the industry, how will everything look on film, will whatever magazine (wink, wink) or blog think this is worthy of being published, etc. Those pressures will drive you mad and quite frankly aren't worth it. Working at GOWS, I felt all of those things. I didn't want to offend any of our vendors, I didn't want to disappoint Grace, I wanted to get great pictures for myself and to have an incredible day with Scotty. So, I decided to not involve the magazine at all and after I got my photography I "submitted" it just like any other bride, even though I wasn't. Doing it the other way around was a recipe for disaster. So, do what feels right, pick things you love and have a blast! xoxo - Jessica Latimer

August 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Jaren said...

Awww, reading this was like de-jah-vu....and I'm so glad YOU'RE going thru it this year!!! It does go by fast, and people told me to try and soak it all in...but, honestly, I am SO glad it's over! The only funny thing: the other day I was looking back through my pics and I said out loud to my hubby, "Babe, I wanna do it all over again JUST for the photobooth!!!" XOXO!

August 19, 2010 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Jaren said...

(Oh and p.s...the bridesmaid dresses are going to be your favorite part! It's amazing how much flare the different dresses add! And your styles are so glam and fun! ;)

August 19, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Lynnell Dianne said...

I saw these on a ruelala boutique for $69 and they looked like you!
http://www.zappos.com/betsey-johnson-jules-fuchsia

August 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Sweeeet. Thanks everyone!!!

August 20, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Lynnell Dianne said...

A few more:
"Joshu" for $59 on Ruelala Secret Suite happening now.
Same as these in fushia:
http://www.zappos.com/betsey-johnson-joshua-black-gold
"Joe" for $59
Same as these:
http://www.zappos.com/betsey-johnson-joe-fuchsia

If you aren't already a member of Ruelala(free) you can join here:
http://www.ruelala.com/invite/lhayes44

I love it when Bride's choose colorful shoes!

August 20, 2010 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

LOL You are amazing Lynnell! Thanks! I still haven't figured out what I'm going to do about shoes.

August 20, 2010 at 3:54 PM  

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