Wedding Planning for the Non-wedding Planner | Picking Vendors

Wedding Planning for the Non-wedding Planner | Picking Vendors

 

It’s time for another personal blog.

Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

Weddings are time for celebration and joy and I hear the day of is wonderful! I have found that trying to pick vendors can be challenging. As I sit here writing this, I am still missing a few, but I have found that getting some help has made the world of a difference. Matt and I started researching different venues and vendors a few days after our engagement. So many people were asking us about the venue, the photographer (many asked if I was doing my own pictures lol), and everything else. We had not started thinking about anything yet, because it was only the day after we got engaged.

 

It took Matt and me four months pick our ceremony and reception venue, but it only took me about 1 day to know who I wanted to be our photographer. If you are in the process of planning anything, you will see things like this happening. While Matt and I were going through all of the vendor research, we wanted to make sure that we liked each vendor we would be working with. Knowing that we liked and shared similar views as the owners, even if it would be someone else working with us on our wedding day, we knew that we would get along and have a great day. Matt and I are in similar industries that we need to be hiring for our wedding. This means that we know what we want, and it makes it a little harder to pick who we want to work with.

Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

While picking some vendor were easy, we are still on the fence for a few others, and for that … we needed some help. I asked Keara of Keara Anne Weddings for some help finding a florist, and she has been amazing! She sent me a great list of florists for Matt and me to review. If you are looking for a wedding planner, I highly recommend Keara. She takes everything you are thinking of and comes back with what you were thinking and more.

As for styling, we needed some help with the groomsmen and Matt’s outfit. Matt and I knew that we did not want him in a full tux, but what we wanted was proving hard to find. We asked stylist, Susan of Susan Padron Stylist, for some help and she came back with a few wonderful outfits. Now it’s time for us to just decide on the final colors.

Wedding Planning for the Non-Wedding Planner

Wedding Planning for the Non-Wedding Planner

 

I am in no way a wedding professional, and today this is not a post about one of my sessions. It’s a personal blog that I wanted to share, well it will be part 1 of a few. If you are recently engaged or just love everything wedding, then you may enjoy a personal account of real life wedding planning for the non wedding planner. I got engaged this past winter! I was so excited, and I still am. I get to plan an amazing celebration with my best friend. Yes, I am having Matt help me in every piece of the wedding planning process, after all it is OUR day.

Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

Probably the most important thing we’ve learned, you have to pick and choose your battles and just let somethings go. I am so happy that Matt and I took time for just the two of us to discuss what we really wanted and what was most important to both of us. For Matt, it was the caterer and then maybe the venue, for me it was the photographer and then the venue. With this in mind, we knew what we would want to fight for the most. Other than a little push back on the barn venue, there was not much arguing; but after explaining that the barn we picked had air conditioning and was not a barn for livestock anymore, everyone was on the same page.  Now we have all three of our wants booked for our July 2018 wedding, but it was not all easy sailing to get to this point.

In the days after our engagement, I learned real quick that everyone wanted to tell Matt and I what our wedding should be. No I don’t mean what they thought it should be, I mean what they wanted. No idea was held back; from the venue, to the dress, to pretty much anything you can think of. Some were serious “request/suggestions,” and others were joking around. My favorite joke one came from my cousins. The wedding my cousin’s planned was held in my grandparents’ backyard and included pizza, a keg, and a bouncy house. It wasn’t really my ideal wedding, but we all had a good laugh.

Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

Matt and I still have a ways to go before we can say that we are done with the wedding planning, but we have learned that what is important for us IS worth standing our ground for. We now have our list of things that are negotiable, and we are learning what is important to our parents.

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Navigating the world of wedding planning is not an easy thing, and it’s pretty stressful at times. Not everyone likes the same thing or agrees on what something should look like. My suggestion is to sit down with all of your parents, talk about what they have envisioned your wedding would look like, and then start the planning. This way at least you have an idea before you start the planning, whether you take their vision into account or not, or just part of it. Don’t forget to have your list of non negotiables and negotiables, after all the wedding is about you, but it’s also for your parents.

Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

Somerdale, NJ Cat Cake Smash | Dahlia

Somerdale, NJ Cat Cake Smash | Dahlia

As a pet owner, my animals are my family; like many of us, I’m that crazy pet parent. I have done first birthday cake smashes and they were so much fun. Getting to celebrate special occasions, like birthdays and graduations, with my clients is so special, because I am capturing those moments that they will be able to hold onto forever. I started to realize that I don’t have any of those special memories saved of my own little fur babies. So… This year I decided to have cake smash sessions for each of my adorable puppies and silly little kitty.

I started the celebrating off with Dahlia’s 4th birthday! I made her a cupcake. Don’t worry it was the purr-fect kitty treat. I found this recipe and modified it some to fit what Dahlia likes. I ended up only using the tuna fish, egg, and a pinch of cheese. There are many more recipes and places that you can buy a cat cake if you want to have a kitty cake smash too!

Love and Joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy 2nd Birthday Life! | Two years of Blogging

Happy 2nd Birthday Life! And fourth year of business | New Jersey Senior Photographer

 

OMG! I can’t believe that Life has been TLM Productions’ blog for two years! I feel like I just started blogging yesterday about my amazing clients and sharing some tips. I love taking care of Life, because everything with TLM is like taking care of a child. After all they say starting a business is like raising a child, while I don’t have any kids of my own yet, I do have a few furry babies. They are my world and sometimes drive me crazy with their games and fighting.

TLM  and Life are my babies and watching them grow has been amazing! To help me celebrate, all of TLM and Life’s moments the past year, my furry babies helped me with celebrate my other babies this year. We went to our local park to play and celebrate Life.

 

Joy and Love

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A Somerdale, NJ Wedding at the Somerdale VFW | John and Debbie

A Somerdale, NJ Wedding at the Somerdale VFW | John and Debbie
Wedding Day

 

I met John and Debbie through my aunt, they are a down to earth couple and wanted their wedding to reflect that. They had the perfect sunny afternoon in July.

Wedding Day

 

Debbie wore a beautiful gown that fell to the floor and she looked gorgeous!

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The small white gazebo across from the VFW was decorated with balloons and streamers with a few potted flowers in front of the doorway.
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Debbie and John partied the night away with their close family and friends.

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Congratulations Debbie and John!

 

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