- 11 years ago
- Wedding: April 2011
Bridezilla (1) n. a bride-to-be who focuses so much on the event (DETAILS) that she becomes difficult and obnoxious.
Growing up most girls spend their life dreaming of their wedding day and take turns dressing up as the Bride… my sister Lori and I, on the other hand, were busy photographing our lives – animals, plants, vacations, trips to Disney, ect. I guess you could say we were practicing for our roles in life as photographers… I never realized how young we were when our passion for photography started until we were going through all the boxes of family photos. The majority of the photos we found from childhood were of our animals (tons of kitten shots) and the other half had someone’s head cut off.As I got older, I developed my passion for traveling (which is a great compliment to photography). I’ve lived in Spain, Germany, Costa Rica, England and visited many other countries. I always said that if I grow up and get married I was going to elope and take a long honeymoon somewhere amazing & tropical… But then again the idea of settling down or ever getting married was so far fetched until 2008 when I moved to Atlanta and meet the one – Mr. Brent Neill! Some girls dream of big diamonds and poufy gowns…. I was dreaming of escaping to Tahiti in a simple JCREW wedding dress. I knew how much work went into wedding planning but I never really saw how stressful it can be (for some!). I show up to the wedding and everyone is happy and cheery and I capture those moments… Not the one where the bride cries and throws things (okay-maybe I am the only 27 year old that throws things!) I guess I should have known what to expect after all the times I’ve watched Say Yes to the Dress and Bridezilla. Choosing to spend my life with Brent was the easy part… Trying to plan our wedding, work a day job, renovate a house, run a boutique photography company, pick vendors from 900 miles away, and manage our crazy family/friends was the über difficult part. I had already started my career as a wedding photographer by the time we got engaged and I had the opportunity to see 2-3 weddings a month. I was so mesmerized by all the details, dresses, and venues I was seeing, I HAD no idea how to pick mine! My attention to detail and creativity was close to driving me insane… After all – we only get one chance to express ourselves and be 100% in the spolight… and the photos had to be perfect! I was constantly thinking…how is this going to photograph, what can we use for props to get unique shots, I DON’T KNOW WHAT FLOWERS I WANT, how come no one carries tablecloths in SEAFOAM Green (I’m obsessed with colored tablecloths – they can really change the whole room)! Thankfully Key West is a magical, unique, laidback, beautiful oasis so that took a tiny amount of stress off. It was through the help of my wedding planner, ETSY.com, and wonderful vendors that I was able to create a magical, memorable wedding day full of details fit for a TROPICAL GODDESS.
I’ve reached out to a few of my vendors to get you all some cool discounts, so you can add details to your life too! Below are photos of my details and vendor info….
Vintage Key West Postcard Save-the-Dates by Serendipity Beyond DesignI am a huge fan of all things vintage…as soon as I saw the new trend for post card save the dates I knew we had to have a vintage KW save-the-date made! Fabulous Ginger is giving away 50 postcard save the dates in our AMAZING Bridal Giveaway starting June 1st!
to shop visit: http://www.serendipitybeyonddesign.com/
Custom Illustrated WEDDING MAP with calligraphy by Dear CalligraphyI splurged a little on my map but I LOVE it. I used it for invites, on our website, as the back of the programs attached to the fans, ect.
to shop visit: http://www.dearcalligraphy.com/
Custom Table numbers and “Mr. & Mrs.” Banner by Dazzling Expressions. I will admit these items were an after thought and Crista put these together and rush shipped them to Key West and I was able to find these cute frames to pop the numbers in! She did a fabulous job.Crista is offering 15% off your next order with coupon code pblossom15!! valide through June 2011
to shop visit: http://www.dazzlingexpressions.com
Hand Painted “Just Married” Parasol by Your Moment.I love love love the painted parasol shots. Cat from Woodland Fields rocked them out for sure! Jessica @ Your Moment is offering a 10% discount on her products until 6/27/11 with the coupon code 10PeachBlossom
Kino Sandals made in Key West. ($14.00!) I just added a blingy “I Do” rhinestone sticker to mine to make them into my something blue. The sandals plus the Nicole Miller Coral Ties were the perfect gifts for our groomsmen!
to shop visit: http://www.kinosandalfactory.com/
I do – Bridal Hanger by RockaBuy CreationsThis is just a little added something to make my dress look even more fabulous. You spend a fortune on your dress – why have it photographed on a plastic hanger? RockaBuy will be giving away a custom hanger in the Bridal Giveaway!!!
to shop visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/rockabuycreations
Aqua Garter Set by Hello Design Crew.I love Hello Design Crews Garters…. Mary is giving away a free M/L Garter in our Bridal Giveaway next month!!
to shop visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/hellodesigncrew
Antoinette Freshwater Pearl Bracelet by Beautiful Garden Boutique Jewelry.I searched everywhere for a bracelet to match my dress… this one is beautiful!Trisha is offering 10% off purchases with coupon code PBP10. expires June 30, 2011*not valid on special offers or already marked down items.
to shop visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BGBJewelry
Starfish Brooches for the Mothers by ShellScapes. These were great little gifts for our mothers so they had something unique for the wedding.
At the end of the day all of the stress is worth it! We had an amazing wedding and meet some amazing people along the way. My Advice for Brides -to-Be: reach out to your vendors for help and ideas. You are more than welcome to email me with all and any questions [email address removed – self promotion]. After all, that is why we are here!