Two Big Items Checked Off!

August 18, 2010

Boy, have I been slacking here. Still about 14 months out from the wedding, but another two big items checked off the list.

A few weeks ago, we trekked up to Scarsdale, NY to meet with Kelly Vasami to photograph the wedding. On the way there, Paul and I were discussing the meeting and he said, “So, this shouldn’t take that long, right?” Two hours later… I think both of us are so excited to work with Kelly. The meeting lasted two hours, though a good fifteen minutes were spent playing with her adorable puppy, and we talked about everything. Every time I mentioned something I’d seen in wedding photography that I didn’t like, Kelly said, “I know!” I think we’re definitely on the same page in terms of what we’re looking for and I’m so excited to have her as part of our day.

There are two main reasons that Kelly’s work stood out to me so much. First was the way she captured color. I love bold colors. And one of the reasons we’re getting married in the fall is because I love all the colors of Autumn. I want to see those reflected in our wedding photography. The other thing I love about her work is the way she captures emotions. It’s not just about what happened when. It’s about how we were feeling during those moments and those are truly reflected in Kelly’s photographs.

We’re going to do an engagement session this fall in Prospect Park and I can’t wait.

The other big check mark is for my wedding dress! I bought my dress last week! And of course, by bought I mean I swiped my credit card for half the purchase price. Give it a few months for the dress to come in and I’ll pay off the dress and then it’s mine!

We went back to the same salon I had visited last, Birnbaum and Bullock. I worked with designer Robert Bullock again to narrow it down between two dresses. This time my mother, my sister, Julie, and maid of honor, Kelly, came along. This was my mom’s first time seeing me in a wedding dress.

To be perfectly honest, I already knew which dress I was going with. I had spent the last month or so thinking about one of the two dresses, but I wanted to see what Mom had to say. I tried on the one I was less enthusiastic about first. It got a good response, but when I put on the other one, there was no question about which dress was mine. The decision was immediate and unanimous. Everyone loved the second dress. I loved the second dress. And soon it shall be mine!

I think what I love most about it, besides the way it looks on, is that it’s visually stimulating. I think people will look at this dress twice and for a good reason. That’s all I’m going to write about it though. Paul knows where the wedding blog is!

I’m very excited though. Only 417 days to go! And no, I’m not counting. Wedding Wire does that for me!

Checking In

May 6, 2010

I haven’t been writing too often over here mostly because now that we’ve booked our venue, we don’t have anything pressing to book for another few months. The next priority is to book a photographer and officiant.

I’ve started looking at photographers in the Hudson Valley. I’ve found one that I really like, one that I like and a lot that I really, really don’t like! The one I really like is Kelly Vasami Photographer. I really love her style and her ability to capture moments. I also think she’s really successful at capturing the atmosphere of a room, rather than using flash the highlight the subjects in the photo and letting everything else darken in the background. The only problem? Price. I’m concerned that the starting fee is just too high.

The photographers I like are Candeo Photo. It’s two guys who I believe are just starting up their wedding photo business and again, I like their style. They capture color well. I found them, because they photographed at my venue. They capture color really well. They haven’t updated their blog recently and I’d really like to see more pictures! They’re significantly cheaper than Kelly Vasami, but while I like what I see on their website, they don’t have a lot of experience yet, so I’d definitely want to meet with them and look at full wedding albums.

But, as I said, much of the photographers I’ve seen are disappointing. Way too dependent on light flares, skewed angles and fisheye lenses. I’m looking for someone who can capture moments. Paul and I have the type of relationship where we steal kisses and whisper jokes to each other. I want someone who will be paying attention to those moments and capture them on film.

The officiant is Paul’s job! I’m hoping for a judge of some sort. We considered having a family friend ordained to conduct the wedding, but unfortunately in New York, you have to be ordained as a clergy member or a member of government. I believe you can get ‘ordained’ online by one of those online churches, but I don’t want that. I want a secular ceremony and even if the minister or reverend can conduct a secular service, they’re still a minister or reverend. I’ll have to start bugging Paul about that soon. We have a couple of recommendations for town clerks and judges from the venues. We’ll see how it goes.

Anyway, I’m planning on trying on dresses at the end of the month! Once my maid of honor, Kelly, finishes her semester and before she start her summer semester (which I’m also doing, but at a different school and significantly less classes, crazy lady..) we’re going to head over to a bridal salon or two to get an idea of what I like and don’t and how the whole trying on dresses ordeal works. I’m also planning to go to a hometown bridal salon with my sister at the end of the month when I go home for another friend’s bridal shower. Should be fun!