This weekend, Matt worked his Photoshop magic on our wedding logo (to be posted after the save-the-dates go out, so at least something will be a surprise!), I ordered supplies for those save-the-dates, and started painting the papier mache books for the centerpieces. Last weekend, I’d finished the painting for our RSVP postcards (which I’ll post tonight or tomorrow, while putting off designing the save-the-dates) and had lots of paint left over, so the colors will all sorta match. =)
I saw this photo this morning and thought it might be pretty to have gauzy flags on bamboo poles around the Freeland Hall park for cheap and easy outdoor decoration. I can make them out of cheesecloth or something!
We also booked our photographer. We will be going with Nani Oei, who Matt posted about last week. We (well, I) looked at tons of photographers in many price ranges from $500 – $5,000 for the day….it was a tough decision, but ultimately Nani’s talents and reasonable price won us over. I’m really looking forward to working with her. It’s so important to feel confident and comfortable with your photographer….so you can look confident and comfortable in your photos! I posted last year about how unphotogenic I feel, and how much I hate having my photo taken. I avoid family snapshots at all costs, even to the point of disappointing people. I’ve even put off replacing my stolen passport because I don’t want to deal with having the photos taken. It’s not about vanity….at least I know it mostly isn’t. It’s been a crippling deficiency in me for many years (I think I stopped smiling in photos at age 13, and stopped willingly having my photo taken not long after), and a difficult topic for me to address here. But I’m working with a therapist on this issue, and some other problems with perfectionism and self-criticism. I’d like nothing more than to not tense up whenever someone brings out a camera at a family event or not dread every photo from an ID to my own wedding photos. I’m not there yet, but I think over the next year, with work, I’ll get closer.
One thing that booking our photographer has helped with is that Matt is really excited about the wedding and planning it now. He wasn’t down on it before, but it seemed so far off, it wasn’t a priority for him. Now that we have paid a substantial deposit, and our venue contract is on the way (a few months early!), it’s easier to get excited about it, and to use what precious free time we have to make headway on our projects. We still have lots of time, but it’ll be nice to pace ourselves and make it an enjoyable experience, rather than crazy last minute chaos. I’m sure we’ll have some of that, but if things go as planned for the next several months, it’ll be kept at a minimum.