Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Videography

Now, videography is something that I had convinced myself I didn’t need. I’m a photo person. And I don’t like hearing my voice on camera, either. However, I’ve seen so many wonderful wedding compilations, including one of my brother’s wedding.

And my other sister-in-law mentioned that she wished she would have. So. That started to sway me until I saw the price. (I’m trying to be a leeetle bit budget conscious, you know? See a trend?). Most places started at $1000.

Then I got a text from one of my good friends, Thomas, who I went to Scotland with, and who was there for the “big event”. His best friend from high school attended film school and works in NYC now. He said that he would come for just the price of travel! After speaking with him some more, I was completely sold. I’m so excited!! Forrest is also bringing along a second shooter, who is from Dallas. Even with the holiday weekend, the RT tickets for the two of them came to be around $550. They will be flying into St. Louis (a bit cheaper than Tulsa) and coming down to the grand event with Thomas.

It sure pays to have those friendly connections, huh? 🙂 Now if I only had a “friend” who knew how to do flowers, and also maybe one that wanted to plan the rest of the wedding…!

Take a look at this awesome video Forrest produced recently:

And his partner, Davin:

Check them both out at:

Did you have videography at your wedding?


Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Photography

Let me just start off by saying: Photography is expensive, y’all. And I understand they’re trying to make a living doing what they love, but I’m also trying to get married without breaking the bank and also not ending up with pictures like this.
Everyone in my area that I could find was over $2000, some starting at $3200. That is just something I could NOT justify!

This is what I was looking for in a photographer:

  • Digital photos/print rights for me, included
  • 6+ hour coverage
  • Pretty photos!

I didn’t think this was too much to ask, but apparently, the print rights thing is a huge deal.

I was searching through possible photographers for over a year at this point (yes, even before we were engaged). In all my searching, here’s what I determined:

  • If you can’t have a professional looking website, I probably don’t trust your design skills…
  • When you call your pricing an “investment,” it reminds me I’m probably going to spend a fortune
  • No prices means you’re for SURE expensive.
  • If you don’t email me back in a week…yeah.
  • If we are casually talking and you ask me “Will you pay by Visa?”, it’s a little forward…!

Yeah so as for the last point up there ^^, there was a really outgoing guy a part of a huge photography “firm” in the area. He kept calling me and I didn’t even know what to say. But the more we talked and the more I reviewed their pictures, I wasn’t sold. They had standard filters that they applied so there could be a quick turnaround time, and I didn’t typically like how some came out great and some were not so much…

I posted a “HELP!” message on WeddingBee, and shortly after got a message from Justina, telling me about her packages and that she could use a credit for an engagement session for a day-after shoot instead!

She also is currently working on building her portfolio, and offered to waive travel fees from Minnesota. We are doing a day after session, and we can’t waaaait!

It was a PERFECT plan, and her pictures are beautiful!

Check her out at:

Can’t wait for photos like this!

All’s to say is, I should have looked on the ‘Bee a lot sooner!

7QT16: Fun articles I read this week

Well, after the week of nightmarish scheduling, it was followed by a week of “I don’t know what to do with my life and then all the sudden it’s 2 am and I’ve only read buzzfeed all day.” Finally linking up with Jen again… So, without further ado:

Articles I’ve read this week (because I haven’t done much else):

1. Harry Potter – This is a really in-depth look into the Wizarding World. Don’t read if you want all your hopes and dreams to be crushed.

2. OKC Thunder – This is about Steven Adams. I’m pretty close to wanting an Adams jersey, no lie. You just want to love him. (See: article)

3. Oil & Gas – So…This is a thing people believe in…why? For one, my school would literally cease to exist if this took place here. This just makes no sense, honestly. All those people are going to continue to drive their cars, so they’re still stakeholders in the industry in one way or another.

4. Just funny – Finding love in all the right places…

5. I cried at this. – Precious. This provides loads of insight into caring for someone in a situation like this.

6. Adoption Family Trees – This woman has lots of good things to say when we have dumb school projects.

7. Marriage – Well aren’t all these ideas just adorable…

8. BONUS! I read most of this book this week for my poli sci class.

Out of pictures I took in Korea, I made a series of photos for greeting cards like this one, with quotes on them for Gotcha Days (Airplane Day, Adoption Day, Family Day, etc). If you google Gotcha Day cards, they all have little animals and balloons on them for little kids. You shouldn’t just celebrate your adoption when you’re learning about it as a child, it should be celebrated every year (if you do that. :)) I tried to make these cards that were practical, coming from a parent, and also for more age-advanced children.

They will be in the KHC silent auction this year! 🙂

So excited! Even though I can’t be there, a piece of me can be!