Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blast from the not too distant past.

After Matt and I had gotten engaged on Catalina Island (a story that I'll save for another time) it was time for us to get the ball rolling on this wedding business. One obvious and most important thing that must be done when you become engaged (all ladies, you know what I'm talking about) is to get ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS. It is an absolute must! We had planned on getting our photos taken by a friend of mine but then I later found out that Matt wouldn't be able to make it down in time for us to do the shoot. By the way, the weekend that I had planned the shoot was the only weekend Matt would be able to visit me before the wedding. A bit of important information right there for ya. So I had to cancel the shoot, but this wasn't over, oh no no no. We had to get this done. So I hatched a plan with my mom that she would have to take our pictures with my camera instead of having them done by someone else.

We had one whole day to take as many photos as we could before Matt left. Long story short we decided to drive to the beach in the morning and then drive to the
LACMA later for evening photos. Bottom line, it was a lot of driving. So we started our day off at the beach and after taking photo after photo we ended up going home happy with only 2 or 3 shots. Here's one of them:

(Side note: I don't like having pictures taken of me, so this whole process was a bit rough. I like to be behind the camera instead of in front of it. But having you're own mom take pictures of you was a BIG comfort to me and I'm so glad she helped me through the whole thing.)

We went back home thinking on how we were going to nail the evening shoot. I was nervous on what I had picked to wear and wondering if my hair would actually cooperate for me for once. I had picked out my sister's old dress that I had worn to my junior prom in high school. The dress was long and elegant, (just like every evening gown should be) a dark navy blue which matched our color theme. After spending over an hour trying to curl my hair I slipped into my dress, ready for action. We arrived within an hour's time and scoped out our set. Many other people were there taking pictures as well so it was hard to maneuver the camera from getting others in the background of our shots, but after spending 2 or 3 hours at the museum we were ready to head home and look at my moms shots. And of course she did not fail us! The pictures turned out great!

All that needed to be done was the editing and framing, which I left up to my husband to do since he had more experience in photoshop than I did. All in all my worries were over for our engagement photos. It was a lot of work but we got it done! And this is just one key part of planning a wedding. That's why they have "wedding planners." Pllllease! My husband and I planned our wedding with less than 3 months time. So move aside Jennifer Lopez! I don't need your extra expensive planning advice.

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