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May 10, 2017
Happy Wednesday everyone!! We are so excited to be getting back into the swing of things after our precious Nora Joy’s birth (more on that on the blog, soon!), and I am so excited that our very first blog post involves such a special person, amazing friend, and extremely talented wedding photographer. Our last post here on Wedding Wednesday was all about wedding photography, and why it’s so important to invest in a professional (if you haven’t read it, click HERE)! Over the next few months, you’ll see my passion for this over and over as I invite wedding photographers and other wedding professionals to be guests on this blog, and so you can get to know some of the best of the best in our industry. And hopefully, that will make your search that much easier :-)! Aside from being such an awesome photographer, Maria has a beautiful heart for serving people, and today she’s sharing a big piece of her heart in hopes that soon-to-be-married couples will learn from her experience as a past bride. I’m so excited to hear her point of view, and show off some of her gorgeous work!! Enjoy, and don’t forget to “meet” her and check out her website at the bottom of the post!!
Over the years, a number of people have asked me if there is something I regret about my wedding, or something I wish I had done differently. I got married at the young age of 19 and was thankful that my parents were able to pay for my wedding, but because I had not saved enough to contribute I did not have the budget most brides do who have been forward thinking for 10 years or more.
I am by nature a pretty frugal person, so this did not bother me in the least. I knew what was most important (the fact that we were getting married), the second most important (having our closest friends and family there), and the third (hiring a good photographer). If I were getting married today my priorities would still be in exactly that order, so I can truly say I do not have any regrets when I look back at the wedding planning process.
However, there were two things I most definitely would have done differently were I to get married all over again. Neither have to do with style, though of course, that will change every few years in my life. The wedding I would have today would LOOK nothing like the wedding of 6 years ago, and I’m sure I will say the same at 12, 18, and 24 years of marriage. What I wish I had done differently came down to the process around the wedding day…and when the time comes to renew our vows, I know these are two things I will absolutely incorporate in the future.
So to the bride, stressed about her low budget or what she can’t have – just don’t. Not once have I regretted staying out of debt for our wedding. Not once have I looked back at my wedding pictures and hated them (also because I hired an awesome photographer – though that’s a totally different blog post!). Not once have I looked at the man I have a forever relationship with and wished that day one was ‘prettier’ or ‘better’ or more ‘Pinterest-worthy.’
Focus on what matters and when you are six or twelve or twenty years in, you’ll know that you made the right decisions when it came down to what will last forever.