***NONE of the photography is mine. All credit goes to Codi Smith Photography in Glendive Montana and Tin City Photography in Glendive Montana.
Now, you might be thinking, here comes another cheesy post coming from some bride talking about her wedding day.
Don’t get me wrong, it was the best day of my life. But I’m not going to sit here and tell you about how my husbands eye’s woo’d me off my feet, or how his letter to me on our wedding day had me bawling my eyes out for weeks to come. (Thanks honey)
But I will tell you about my experiences on the other end of a camera, and why finding irreplaceable vendors is the most important think you will do on your wedding day.
First and foremost: My Photographer
Being a photographer myself, my photographer was my first check list on my to do list for the wedding day.
I gathered a list of my top 5 photographers, my short list if you will. I decided on a budget (I knew I wanted the best, so I budgeted for $2,500-$4,000) and found photographers in that budget. I spent around a month looking through portfolios, visiting with photographers and deciding what personalities I jived best with. (I also want to note, how RUDE some photographers are. Seriously, why though??)
After I narrowed my list down to five, I brought those five to my fiance.
We looked through everyone, and chose our number one, Codi Smith Photography in Glendive, Montana. We then scheduled a session with Codi, to make sure that we got along as a team, and that was the best decision ever!! We jived and best of all, she could get my crabby fiance to have a good time. We all know how men can be during photo sessions!!
Once I had my photographer down, I chose my venues.
Now, in small town Montana, I didn’t have very many options, so that was easy for me. I chose the venue that offered the bohemian/vintage feel I wanted, while also providing a bar and dance area. Next came my baker, which again was easy, since I knew I wanted the best tasting cakes in the area.
When it came to decor, I knew what I wanted and I can be a bit of a control freak, so I took this into my own hands and personally decorated every inch of the reception hall. With the help of some amazing friends and family of course.
So, what does all of this mean??
At the end of the day, when the last candle is blown out and everyone had headed home the only thing you will have to look back on this day is your photography.
We spent a good chunk of the night smoking cigars. The cigars are long gone, the smoke has since faded and that ash tray taste in my mouth is thankfully gone. But what do I have to show for it.. Memories.. And photographs.. My cake has long since been eaten, with everyone raving about how “Amazing it was if you combined all the flavors in one bite”, but what do I have to remember it by? Memories.. and photographs.
My dress is hanging in my closet, waiting to be sent in for cleaning and preserving; never to be worn again.. and what do I have to remember how I looked that day? Memories and photographs. The same can be said for hair, makeup, perfume, the hugs from my bridesmaids, my dad helping me out of my carriage ride to the church. THE CARRIAGE RIDE. The memories I have with my dad’s old 1940’s Diamond T truck (Although that hunny isn’t going anywhere, she is going to stay with our family until the apocalypse)
Memories, and photographs are all I have left from my wedding day.
So yes. I spent around $3,000 on my photography for my wedding. I spent 30% of my wedding budget on photography. I spent 3 times more on my photographer than I did my dress. 3 times more than my caterer. 6 times more then my baker and my venue.
My biggest expense was my photographer, and I don’t regret any penny I paid towards photography.
So, you can look at this blog post as a sales pitch, since I am photographer trying to sell you on why you need to spend additional money towards my service. But you can also look at it as a bride, who spent the past year and a half dedicating her life to planning the perfect day. Lining up a horse and carriage, lining up a 1940’s truck to haul the newlyweds away from the church. A bride who dedicated 1 1/2 years to planning the perfect wedding.. With no detail spared. Organizing and planning every detail out, so her photographs were timeless and perfect..
You get what you put out. You get what you pay for, and this isn’t a time in your life to be lazy or cheap <3
– The Newly Married, Mrs. Dellapaolera