When Michael and I got engaged and I started planning our wedding, I knew this was going to be an awesome growing experience for the business. I would be immersed into the wedding industry even further and I would be experiencing EVERYTHING that my brides go through in the planning process! I’m learning ALOT! This industry is so BIG and intimidating at times. Michael and I started with figuring out the big vendors:
1. The Church (I mean, Daddy is the Pastor, we had some connections:)
2. Photography (Literally emailed Jstar the day after he proposed!)
3. Tent Rental and
The first two were easy! The church and photographer had been decided for a while! The last two were a different story. Oh man, the stress! Let me preface this by stating that I have NEVER planned a wedding before. Nor have I planned any event that included over 350 guests! I didn’t know the ratio of chairs to people directly affected that atmosphere of the whole reception or that any caterer that was worth investing in would offer a site visit. I didn’t even think about renting a light tower for field parking or a generator for the caterer’s setup. I’ve never been a bride before and all of this information was just a little bit overwhelming at first!
Throughout the process of picking caterers and tent companies, there is one thing that I found that really drew me to a company. Genuineness. You gotta have it! I preach this so much when it comes to photography but it applies just as easily to any type other type of vendor. I needed to feel like I connected with these people. I wanted to be sure that they saw “my vision” for this wedding! During our site visit with Jill from PartyPerfect, we were walking around the field, randomly petting the dogs and discussing options. Jill turned to me and said “So it sounds like you’re really into the details of how it looks first”. That totally won me over. Yes! Of course I’m obsessed with the all the little details! Had she not seen Wedding Wednesday before?!! She figured me out and won my trust. Done.
It was a FREEZING fall evening when Michael and I drove down to Richmond to meet Ryan from Mosaic Catering. Not knowing what to expect or what questions to ask, we walked into Mosaics modern showroom and into a elegantly decorated meeting room. The granite tabletop and glasses of water that were waiting for us made me question if this was really an option for our budget. Ryan introduced himself and we started talking about 10.10.10 and all the ideas we had. I explained the theme we began talking about the display of the food. Halfway through the conversation, Ryan mentioned that the display and presentation of the food is just as, if not more, important than the taste of the food itself! TA-DA! I was sold. We kept chatting and as we began to wrap up, Ryan mentioned that we should keep our options open and try out some other caterers to make sure Mosaic was the absolute, perfect fit for us. As soon as Michael and I got into the car, I laughed and said, “Of course we’re not looking anywhere else! How could it get any better than that?!?” We booked and I couldn’t feel more confident in our selection.
Throughout this whole process of selecting vendors, here are the things I found that really sold them to me!:
– They need to LISTEN first, then TALK
– They should patient and extremely explanatory when working with first time brides
– They respond QUICKLY to emails
Last but not least…
– You should be able to see their passion about their work!!
Vendor selection is by far one of the most stressful parts of the planning process but it can be done well! There are some AMAZING vendors out there and I really lucked out with two of the greatest in Richmond! This past Friday, I drove to Richmond and shot an event for my lovely tent company, Party Perfect. I was BEYOND THRILLED when I walked in and realized that this event was catered by MOSAIC! Seeing my two vendors work together to put on a fabulous event was so much fun!! 101010 is going to be amazing!!!
Enjoy some shots from the nite!
I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!
Well, I realize this isn’t normal for KJ! I don’t shoot portraits these days but this session was my first non-wedding shoot with my new Canon R6 and I’m obsessed with how these images turned out! It was the most perfect evening for this early fall shoot and the light was incredible!
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.
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.
Oh, this wedding day!! What a beautiful Texan dream! I met Melanie when she attended one of our workshops years ago in our home. She had the sweetest spirit and such a kindness about her. I remember loving how she made personal marketing her own and did headshots in a pile of Skinny Pop!! I loved her creativity and her ability to envision what she wanted in her brand.