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Tim & Lauren | Engaged!

We so enjoyed our time photographing Tim and Lauren’s engagement portraits! They were so laid back, comfortable and genuine… score. Haha! Every time they looked at each other was a unique and tender moment to capture. It’s clear how deeply they adore each other- just look at the photos! He couldn’t stop staring at her throughout the session, and Lauren couldn’t stop laughing at all of his jokes 🙂 Tim and Lauren are just a true inspiration. I watch their comments back and forth to each other on facebook; they are always to gracious, encouraging and loving towards each other, even in every small comment they write to each other. Lauren is also currently going through treatment for cancer, and the hope that she and Tim have, the grace with which they view their struggle and the glory they give to God throughout it all is truly encouraging! Tim and Lauren, you guys are one awesome couple! We really think that these photos capture so much beauty between you two, and that the images represent all of the love between both of you and the Lord! We hope you think so too 🙂

Stephen & Erica | Styled Shoot!

Fun “Styled Shoot” today with Stephen & Erics Crotts! Erica’s accessories were designed by Embee, and Stephen’s bow-tie by The Cordial Churchman. The beautiful bouquet was custom-designed by Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist! Makeup by Sarah Lambert. Sneek Peak for now! Stay tuned for  more later 😀

Brides of 2010: Reflections

When Brian and I were engaged, a photographer in California who we knew and whose blog we followed compiled a “confessions” blog. He emailed all of his brides from the preceding year, and asked them to respond with their answers to 3 questions. I found that each of those brides’ answers to the questions their photographer had given them were incredibly helpful to me in my own wedding-planning process. With 2010 having been such an awesome year for Project: Life and with our business growing steadily, we felt like this was something we could do for all of our 2011 and 2012 brides who are currently planning their weddings, as well as readers who will plan their own weddings someday!

So… here are the questions each 2010 bride was asked to provide answers to:

1.) What was your favorite part about your wedding ceremony, reception, and wedding day as a whole?

2.) If you could go back to your wedding day and change one thing, what would that one thing be?

3.) If you could go back to the planning-process and do it over, would you change anything? If so, what would you change?

As of now, 5 out of 7 have responded, and as the last few responses come in, we’ll update this post! I just threw the responses into this post in no particular order, so brides-to-be, read through everyones responses, and stay tuned for a few more on the way! Hope you will find this info helpful!

Married on October 1, 2010

1.) What was your favorite part about your wedding ceremony, reception, and wedding day as a whole?

Kelsey: “My favorite part of the day as a whole was seeing how much we were loved and cared for by friends and family. Everyone did a lot to help get everything together and go smoothly- the Lord really provided for everything to come together. We had our pastor preach a sermon that was 30 minutes long on marriage- it was really wonderful to be under the teaching of the Lord on the day that we stood before Him and committed our lives to each other.”

2.) If you could go back to your wedding day and change one thing, what would that one thing be?

Kelsey: “I would have made sure my uncle flew into the right airport so that he didn’t miss the ceremony! And I would have done something to prevent Daniel’s sister from falling and twisting her ankle during the recessional. Also, I would have designated someone to make sure we all had something to eat that day before the wedding!”

3.) If you could go back to the planning-process and do it over, would you change anything? If so, what would you change?

Kelsey: “I would have had a different wedding coordinator. We had a friend do it, and we were thankful that she did it for free, but we ended up having to throw a cake together at the last minute, and we didn’t have any meals set up for us on the wedding day.

Also, I would have talked to my fiancé more seriously about taking all of our pictures before the wedding. I am from California, where the tradition of waiting to see each other until the wedding isn’t held to very often. Although Daniel didn’t care too much about keeping our wedding plans in line with a traditional ceremony, he had never imagined his wedding day in a way where he wouldn’t see his bride for the first time as she came down the aisle. Since it was something that was important to him, I agreed to it. It was very difficult, however, to get all of our family in the same place at the same time, and it dragged out the time between ceremony and reception a lot longer than we would’ve wanted. Several guests approached us during pictures for hugs and congratulations, which I loved, but made it harder to get through pictures quickly. It’s certainly important to do on your wedding day the things that you’ve always dreamed of doing since you were little, and if waiting to see your groom until you walk down the aisle is one of those things, then go for it! But, don’t discount the option of seeing each other before. I’ve been in lots of weddings where the bride and groom did a first-look; it eliminates a ton of stress, and you can still have a memorable, intimate moment seeing each other for the first time before the wedding.

It’s important to plan the things that you like, but it’s also important to make your family feel included in the planning process. At the end of the day, our wedding day wasn’t just about us- it was ultimately about the Lord, but also about our families coming together- it was as much their day as it was ours.”

Married on September 18, 2010

1.) What was your favorite part about your wedding ceremony, reception, and wedding day as a whole?

Linsey: “My favorite part about my wedding ceremony had to be seeing Josh’s face for the first time. I expected myself to cry but I didn’t expect to see tears on his face. My favorite part of my reception had to be my Father Daughter Dance. It has been the talk of my wedding. A few days before the wedding I was reviewing songs with my dad for our big dance. To my surprise he didn’t like any of the songs I suggested and even replied, “they’re too slow!!” So, Friday before the rehearsal dinner I found a mix CD with oldies and newbies. We ran through it twice and that was it. It was pretty much a freestyle for him when it came time to do it at the wedding. It was fun and it made everyone let loose. My favorite part about my wedding day as a whole would have to be being surrounded by my closest loved ones and friends. It’s rare that we ever have the entire family together. My grandmother, who is 92, drove 18 hours from Illinois and it was truly a blessing to have her there with me at every moment, even though it was just for the weekend.”

2.) If you could go back to your wedding day and change one thing, what would that one thing be?

Linsey: “If I could go back and change one thing I would have changed my wedding cake. I didn’t do a lot of shopping and ended up purchasing a cake from the first place I went. Later when my budget was dwindling I realized I had over spent big time on my cake. It also wasn’t decorated as well as I had liked it to compared to the picture I showed them. I found out later that you can actually order a very pretty wedding cake with whatever decor you want for just pennies compared to what I spent. My advice on this is to definitely shop your vendors and make sure they know the idea and theme you are wanting to portray clearly.”

3.) If you could go back to the planning-process and do it over, would you change anything? If so, what would you change?

Linsey: “If I could go back to the planning process I would have definitely asked for more help when I needed it and less help when I don’t. For instance, we had “make your own” invitations and I didn’t realize how many pieces had to be glued and tucked. It ended up being really time consuming and I barely got them out in the mail by the 8 week mark. I should have asked for help but never wanted to ask because I thought everyone had their own thing going on. Always ask for help. 9 times out of 10 your friends and family are delighted to help and be a part of your big day, so let them! When I didn’t need help, I had too much of it. Especially from…my mother. We never got anything accomplished at catering meetings or the rental place because we could never agree on anything. Sometimes too many opinions just hold back on the planning process. Really think about what you want and what you can afford. You don’t need a big budget to have a beautiful wedding.”

Married on March 6, 2010

1.) What was your favorite part about your wedding ceremony, reception, and wedding day as a whole?

Sarah: “Well, I had many favorite parts of our wedding day. But if I truly had to narrow it down to one thing, it was the fact that I was marring the one I love with my whole entire heart. Because that is what it is all about anyways! None of the material things of this earth really matter at the end of the day. Its your relationship with that special some one. I was so excited that I was starting my new life with my husband.”

2.) If you could go back to your wedding day and change one thing, what would that one thing be?

Sarah: “If I could go back and change one thing, it most definitely would have been my florist. I should have made them myself. Flowers are TOO expensive to get them on your wedding day already half dead. Thanks to my wonderful photographers and photo shop, no one will ever know looking back at my photos.”

3.) If you could go back to the planning-process and do it over, would you change anything? If so, what would you change?

Sarah: “In my case, I wasn’t able to be too involved with planning my wedding. I had family and a friend help plan it for me, with my input of course. They just made sure all the dirty work got done. I was going to school and was working full time and I chose to have a two month engagement. So yeah, it was pretty crazy. Over all I wouldn’t have really changed anything except just wishing that I could have been a little more involved and planning the day to run a little smoother. But for having a small budget and not a lot of time, it turned out beautiful.”

Married on May 22, 2010

1.) What was your favorite part about your wedding ceremony, reception, and wedding day as a whole?

Nicki: “1. Wedding Ceremony- Exchanging our vows because we wrote our own. I also enjoyed pouring our unity sand because we had a slideshow of pictures playing and the song Stephen wrote for me playing over the sound system. Wedding Reception- my cake because it was awesome. It was funfetti on the inside and there were polka dots on the outside. Day as a whole- that I married my best friend! Things went wrong, but at the end of the day, I was still Mrs. Pappas!”
2.) If you could go back to your wedding day and change one thing, what would that one thing be?

Nicki: “I would not have stressed out that morning. I would have relaxed more and enjoyed the day!”

3.) If you could go back to the planning-process and do it over, would you change anything? If so, what would you change?

Nicki: “I would not have gotten upset over little details, like colors of ties. Seriously, ten years, five years, even a year from now, people are not going to remember insignificant details from the wedding. I would have enjoyed the planning process more and just relaxed!”

Married on July 17, 2010

1.) What was your favorite part about your wedding ceremony, reception, and wedding day as a whole?

Britton: “My favorite part was definitely hanging out with our guests and dancing the night away at the reception! If I could go back I would definitely try to slow down and remember more of the night, it seemed to have gone so fast! I would say for sure that the fact that we had OUR favorite food and drinks there made a big difference. I know most brides don’t take the chance to eat on their wedding night but I for sure took the opportunity!”

2.) If you could go back to your wedding day and change one thing, what would that one thing be?

Britton: “I would go back and slow myself down, to take it all in. For the entire day, I was freaking out and going at hyper speeds. Not once did I take the opportunity to just pray or have a quiet moment and sit in the happiness. It was the most amazing day of my life and I scrape through my memories so often trying to re-live every second.”

3.) If you could go back to the planning-process and do it over, would you change anything? If so, what would you change?

Britton: “If I could go back to the planning process I would pour myself a glass of champagne, sit back and DELEGATE. I swear I got so obsessive about everything being just right that I didn’t realize I was completely wearing myself out. If the little things dont go perfect, it’s not a huge deal but you can also get things done just the way you want by bossing other people around! If someone doesn’t listen to you, just cry. Your husband will fix it really quickly, or in my case your dad.”

…More to come!!!