I told myself that I really wanted to blog during and about my engagement. I was very excited about how the upcoming months would provide me with ways to challenge myself to think about the money spent (and saved) as a part of wedding planning, and therefore provide me with content to share here (we don’t desire- nor do we have the capacity- to spend the average of $26,000 or whatever it is on our own wedding, so I’m already enjoying the thrifty challenges a smaller budget presents!). As we enter into what i’m calling the ‘second trimester’ of our engagement, things will start involving other people more and more, and I’d love to use that as an opportunity to share more here.
Some of the decisions that we’ve made have resulted in things being a little bit trickier to figure out in other areas (like picking a venue with no restrooms), but to me, that adds another level to the challenge! I’m constantly trying to figure out the intersection between cost, value, and staying true to our vision, and let me tell you, there have been some ways in which we’ve been so tremendously blessed by the way things have worked out.
Enter Andrea. Actually, first let me explain the journey before the entrance.
The photography for our wedding was something that even long before the engagement I knew was important to me. I’ve never had nice, professional pictures of myself, but I knew that I would really cherish our wedding pictures, probably forever. I also knew that those magazine quality shots can cost a pretty penny; a penny which I don’t think I could have justified spending.There was a girl I had known from youth group who, as long as I had known her, had a camera in her hand. I really admire her style and even though she lives in Alaska now, I figured there was no harm in asking. We emailed back and forth and determined that the distance would cause too much of a hassle, so I asked if she would recommend any other photographers in the Lancaster area. She told me about a great childhood friend of hers who just recently had opened her own photography business. So I traveled over to this friend’s website.
That website. (this website) Now, enter Andrea, of onethirtynine photography.
All I could think of was how much I wanted that eye to capture our wedding. To be honest, when I heard that she just opened her own business, I was preparing to be met with displays of amateur photography, but Andrea had worked under other photographers for a few years and had really developed a unique talent. I emailed her shortly after that and we scheduled a time to meet. It was such a lovely time and it got me so excited to work with her. Because her business was new, the cost of working with her was comparatively lower than it could (and should) be. I felt so humbled to be working with a photographer I could afford and who could make my wedding photography dreams a reality.
Thrifty Tip: When choosing vendors for your wedding, cut costs by hiring a friend who you trust, or with someone who’s newer to the game and can offer you lower prices as they build up experience. But be careful to not just go with a lower cost option because you’ll save $$$; stay true to your vision and what you’ve decided is important to you. Don’t be afraid to take the time to shop around!
A few weeks ago, Kurt and I spent the morning with Andrea and her husband getting our engagement photos taken. I’ll share more of those a little late, but here’s a few for now.