Phew. Monday, I see you. After a long (exciting) weekend like the one we just had I often feel like Monday comes too fast. We need a weekend from the weekend, am I right!? But today I’m ready to dive in and get stuff done! 💪🏻 ⠀⠀ I feel like I’ve been walking around in a fog the last two months. You know, the kind where you feel like you’re just surviving every day, not really sure what the plan is or if you’re even making a dent in that long list of stuff you need to do... ⠀⠀ That’s been my life as we’ve settled into living in Salem. But I’m so ready to get back into a routine and get organized again. So tell me, what’s your favorite way to start your day off right? And if you’re a work from home mama like me, what’s your daily routine for getting that never ending to-do list done? . #basicallybrandyworkshops Host & Stylist: @basicallybrandy Gown: @kirstenpaige Florals: @seventhstem Linens: @silkandwillow Calligraphy: @inkandpressco Ring: @oliveavejewelry Assistant: @bourksandbees
Happy Friday eve! Tomorrow is the first of two weddings for me this weekend and I’m so excited! It’s hard to believe there are just three more weddings until my 2018 wedding season is over but I’m already looking forward to next summer! ⠀⠀ I’ve been working quietly behind the scenes, and not sharing much on social media lately, because I’ve been thinking about YOU. How it’s not as easy as it looks to keep track of all the info you’re receiving from everyone (even your wedding photographers). How it’s frustrating to feel like you might not be planning everything you need to for your wedding day, especially all those little details that nobody thinks about. Like, how to make sure you have enough time in your timeline for all the photos you want, how to decide if you want a first look, what you need to know about preparing your wedding details to be photographed, etc. ⠀⠀ But the truth is, all you need is my 2019 Wedding Guide! And I’ve got you. At least for the photography aspect. 😉 I’m working hard on a magazine for my 2019 wedding clients (and truthfully I had planned on having this finished for this year’s weddings too, but it took more work than I originally thought). It’s going to be full of everything you need to know to make sure your wedding photography dreams come true, and I can’t wait for you to have it!
So, there’s a common misconception I’ve seen when couples are going to hire a wedding photographer. .⠀⠀ They always think that there’s plenty of time to hire a wedding photographer and it can be put off until four, three, or even two months before the wedding day. .⠀⠀ And the thing is, it’s not their fault at all! I totally get why people would think that (or accidentally do it). After all, most people have never planned a wedding before so they just might not know. Plus life gets busy and it can be hard to balance that wedding to-do list and every other thing going on. When we were planning our own wedding I accidentally put off finding our florist until a week before our wedding. 😬🙈 .⠀⠀ But this is what I want everyone to know who might ever think about hiring a wedding photographer: .⠀⠀ You should be booking your photographer at least 6 months to one year before your wedding date! .⠀⠀ Why? It’s not just because the popular summer dates are high in demand and get booked up quick (which is true). The biggest reason is that we start preparing for your wedding day months before the actual day of your wedding. . Stuff like getting to know you both as a couple and individually, photographing your engagement session, gathering important info about your wedding day, sending you tips and helpful info that we know will help make your wedding photography run smoothly, planning each aspect of the photography timeline etc. etc. All of it goes into creating meaningful images of your special day! We are building a relationship with you, ensuring we have everything we need to make your wedding photography dreams come true, and we want to be sure we have enough time to do that. ;) .⠀⠀ If you’re engaged and thinking “shoot, that’s me!” don’t worry! Make some time to get in touch with those photographers on your list today. And if that’s us, we can’t wait to hear from you! .⠀⠀ What other questions do you have about hiring your wedding photographer?
It’s Friday so you know what that means! #fridayintroductions! A few things that might surprise you about me? I’ve got three: ⠀⠀ - Italian food is my all time favorite food, but I’m actually not super picky about it. Spaghetti made with canned sauce or freshly made ravioli from that five star Italian place everyone raves about, I’ll eat it. The best pasta I’ve ever had though? Puttanesca from Beppe and Gianni’s in Eugene. . - I took all kinds of art classes in college and one of my favorites was head drawing. It was totally unexpected because I thought I would be terrible at it. But I ended up loving it! For one assignment I had to make a drawing of Ted and I still have it because I’m insanely proud of how it turned out. . - I originally went to college for early childhood education. During my first week of college I was looking into photography classes and realized I wouldn’t be able to take one unless I changed my major to art. So on a whim I switched majors and signed up for the class. I bought my first dslr 8 months later and never looked back! ⠀⠀ How about you? What’s something I don’t know about you that might surprise me? ——————— #basicallybrandyworkshops Host & Stylist: @basicallybrandy Gown: @kirstenpaige Florals: @seventhstem Linens: @silkandwillow Calligraphy: @inkandpressco Ring: @oliveavejewelry Assistant: @bourksandbees
Remember at the beginning of this year when I said I had big plans to use this platform to be more social and actually build genuine relationships? As usual with New Years resolutions, life got busy and I fell back into old (read: introverted) habits. 🙈 I haven’t been the best about that but I’m resolving to finish out this last half of the year better! Because I do want to make for real friendships (insta-friendships? … but it still counts!) with you guys! So I’ll go first! We recently moved to Salem, Oregon. Not a huge move by any means (just an hour away from the city I’ve lived in basically my whole life). Even still, moving to a new city can feel so daunting. We were so excited about our move leading up to it. But shortly after, I started to feel a little uneasy and unsure about everything. We’ve spent the last five years working towards this point of being done with school but now that Ted has graduated and we’re finally here, I have to admit I’ve felt a little lost! I’m such a planner when it comes to life. I need to know what’s coming next (or at least feel like I know, haha), but we’re still waiting for a lot of things to fall into place, and after just moving that feels pretty scary. I have a tendency to over analyze everything so of course my first instinct was to react to that fear by questioning everything. Maybe this wasn’t as “right” for us as we thought? Maybe we should have done something different? Despite suddenly second guessing our choices, we’ve been making an effort to get to know the city, explore, and make our new place feel like home. We only moved a month ago, so I know we have so much more time to get comfortable here. But each new experience has helped me remember why we felt like Salem was a great place for us to build our future, and I hope we come to love it here as much as we thought we would. ⠀⠀ What about you? Did you have any reservations about living where you live? What helped you overcome those feelings of hesitation and uncertainty?
Well it turns out coffeeshop working is not for me. I guess I’m just my most productive self when I can be working in my pjs. 💁🏻♀️ Shout out if you feel the same way! ⠀⠀ So we’re escaping to the in-laws house for the weekend. We’re excited for some reliable internet and Macy’s excited for lots of time with grandma and grandpa (and lets be honest, I’m excited for that too 😂). Fingers crossed 🤞🏻 for an ultra productive weekend!
Okay, MAJOR first world problem, but living without internet is t.o.u.g.h! We are so used to having the freedom to do everything from home and not being able to has been a big adjustment for getting work done. ⠀⠀ ~We’re still in the “moving in” stage but we’re hoping to have Internet access soon. For now we’re scheduling out some coffeeshop work days, but that means our response time will be a little bit slower than usual. If you’re waiting for an email or gallery, don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about you! We’ll be in touch as soon as we can! ⠀⠀ ~SALEM friends, who do you use for internet access?? I’m all ears so drop your recommendations and experiences, good or bad, below! ⠀⠀ ~Hair @k.and.co_bridalstyling | Makeup @__ari__makeup__
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” - Aristotle
When your venue is full of natural charm, all you need is a few added touches to make the space your own. That’s exactly how @classicvintagerentals approached the florals and styling for Shauntae and Josh’s rehearsal dinner at @coopershallpdx, and it couldn’t have been more perfect!