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Four Steps to Creating a Wedding Budget Even if You Hate Budgeting

It’s a new year, which brings a feeling of hope. It’s a time when many set goals and resolutions. One of the top items on the list of popular resolutions is to Save Money/Spend Less and that’s a great goal that I can certainly get behind. We all know last year was nothing like we had planned. For many it brought on major upheavals and life changes such as job loss or reductions in pay. 

If you’re planning a wedding, these challenges along with the uncertainty from the ongoing pandemic can most definitely add a heap of extra stress onto what should be a beautiful and memorable experience. Don’t worry! There’s one big thing that you can begin today that will help alleviate some of that stress. Make a wedding budget.

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Joyous Moments

Your ICloud Storage is Full. Ugh… Thank you for letting me know for the thousandth time! Isn’t that the way it always is? I’m a photographer, it’s what I do for a living and I truly value photos yet here I am with a phone full of images and no idea what's there. 

Well I finally broke down and started going through the 999 photos and videos I have on my phone to see what I can delete. As I was swiping through it really hit home how many photos I’d taken last year. Sitting here now thinking about it all we ever seem to focus on is the bad.

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Wedding Day Regrets

Wedding day regrets: this isn't a topic that you really hear much about. I mean no one wants to even consider the thought that their wedding day will be anything less than a memorable and magical experience.   

While doing some research in order to put together some budgeting tips, I came across multiple articles about wedding day regrets. One article stated that 76% of couples surveyed confessed that there were things about their wedding they wished they had done differently, while a whopping 43% flat out regretted some major decisions regarding wedding expenses. Don’t fret! The majority of those surveyed agreed that the positives from their day far outweighed the negative. 

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Peaceful Red Gate Farms Engagement Photography

Tyler held Lauren tight and gave her a big kiss. The sun poured in through the Spanish Moss covered Oaks and surrounded them with warmth. In just a few months Lauren and Tyler will be saying “I do” here at Red Gate Farms. As we strolled the peaceful grounds we talked about  their wedding day and the joy that awaits them on the road ahead.


 

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Out of Photojournalism Retirement

The other day I packed my gear in the car and headed out for a newspaper assignment. As I made the turn toward my destination I started getting an old familiar tickle in my belly. The butterflies that I used to get back when I worked for the newspaper fulltime. 

It’s not a feeling of nervousness really, it’s just excitement. A building anticipation of what might happen next. No matter how many big events you’ve photographed or how prepared you are, something always seems to pop up that you haven’t anticipated. That’s the excitement of photojournalism. Anyone who’s ever worked for a publication or on a tight deadline knows that feeling. 

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