Wedding Wednesday

Videography | My Biggest Regret

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things about my wedding day that I wouldn’t change AT ALL…. I wouldn’t even touch them!  It was perfect… the beginning, the middle, the end.. I loved it ALL. 10.10.10 was undoubtably the best day of our life!  It’s really kinda unexplainable how awesome it was!  I remember such VIVID moments about that day. Like lining up with our bridal party before our big entrance into the reception! People were EVERYWHERE, the candy bar was already half eaten, guests were in my mom’s sunroom waving at us before we walked through the flower covered arbor and everyone was trying to take pictures of their own to capture the moment.

Then there were moments with my bridesmaids that I will never forget. We squealed when my  dress went on and teared up when daddy walked in to see me.  I remember sitting in the parlor right before the ceremony and hearing the 400 guests chattering on the other side of the door while piano music played in the background. I remember smiling at Daddy and squeezing his arm as we waited on the back porch of the church before walking down the aisle. Gosh there are so many moments that I wish I could just re-watch over and over!  It was such a beautiful, happy day…. so full of Joy!!! And this brings me to my point for this Wedding Wednesday…. VIDEO is VALUABLE.  As a photographer, I almost feel bad about promoting videography because so many brides decide to invest in one or the other…. and obviously I want them to invest in PHOTOGRAPHY! …. However, as a BRIDE…. I want to inform other brides about the one regret of my wedding day.


We were over budget…. I bought a few too many birdcages and the floral budget was more than expected… so we decided that videography could be cut.  I was going to have a fabulous photographer so why did I need VIDEO TOO?! Well, friends, images are BEAUTIFUL… and they allow you to relive moments of your day… but VIDEO makes your memories come to LIFE!  I asked a close friend to take video clips of our wedding day and I’m SO thankful for all that she did! Those quick shots are PRICELESS and I find myself re-watching them and studying them just to try to remember more about that glorious day!!! It’s really pathetic! …. But I just love it.  It took me a YEAR to get those random clips together and while I love our homemade wedding video… I couldn’t help but wonder….. WHY DIDN’T I HIRE JOSH GOODEN?!!!  I want to KICK MYSELF every time! Why didn’t I just take that money out of savings and WAIT on the new car or the Pottery Barn desk in my office?!  WHY KATELYN? WHY?!  If you’re new to the industry, let me introduce you to this modern style of cinematography that makes wedding days look like featured films! I cry at them all! And I don’t even know these people!!


So here’s the bottom line, I think videography can be such an AMAZING part of your wedding day!  I realize it’s ANOTHER expense… but if I had to do over again, I would have cut out a few hydrangeas and birdcages and hired  a videographer to capture our day!  For me personally, I LOVE this style… check out these amazing artists! (ps. some of these are totally NOT in my price range…. but I LOVE watching their work!! Enjoy! )








Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

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This session is beautiful… if I do say so myself! It’s colorful, it’s vibrant, it’s full of joy and it’s also LONG! It’s a lengthy post because I just had so many favorites and I absolutely loved my time with these two last week! Paige, like a lot of our brides, is a photographer herself! She’s talented, full of life, energetic and creative. I felt the pressure to take this location that she knows well and make it look fresh and knew to her!! Nikhil is an audio engineer for Apple (which we think is fascinating!) and despite hardly ever wearing a suit, he wore one for Paige and made all of her outfit dreams come true!


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I’m so excited to share another addition of Student Spotlights from our KJ Education community! It’s so funny to us, but quite often, we find that our friends who know us in everyday life but aren’t in our industry really have no clue what we do! They think we shoot 10 weddings a year and that’s the extent of our work these days but oh… that couldn’t be further from the truth!


When we first decide if we’re a good fit with our potential KJ Couples, we’re looking for a few things…. one of those things is that this couple keeps joyful! We’ve found over the years that couples what take themselves super seriously aren’t always the best fit for us! We love it when couples let their guard down and allow us to get to know them during their engagement session.


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For some photographers, bridal details seem like a fun part of the wedding day… but for many others, it’s stressful. It’s the part of the day that throws them off, makes them wonder if they’re actually artistic and leaves them feeling flustered and panicked because they never get everything done in the time they have allotted for detail shooting. In my opinion, this is a REALLY tough way to start a wedding day.

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