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Tom’s sister, Monica, is engaged and that means it is wedding planning time baby! Monica mentioned she was unsure of where to start. What many of you do not know is that I worked for a wedding planner as an assistant in college and even was a certified wedding planner. (We can all thank J. Lo for sparking my love of everything weddings)

So I came up with five things I think a bride just starting the process should know before she starts looking for locations and vendors. If you are a past bride, currently planning your wedding, or even a planner, please feel free to comment below and add to the conversation!

  1. Know your budget. That way before you even start calling and making appointments, you know the price points you need to stay within. There are plenty of wedding budget tools on all the wedding planning sites. Wedding Wire has a great and easy to use one here. Having a budget and sticking to it, will make the wedding planning a lot less stressful.
  2. A basic idea of the number of guests. Venues have minimums and maximums for the amount for people in a room. Knowing this will help when you look at venues. It would be heartbreaking to fall in love with a space only to find out you have too many people or not enough.
  3. Think about where you want your wedding to be. In the city, in the suburbs, or destination. This will narrow down the search if you already discussed as a couple where you both want your guests to celebrate.
  4. Talk to your fiancé about what time of year. Spring, Summer, Winter, or Fall. Now some brides do not care as long as they get the venue they want. But I have heard many opinions on not wanting it too hot,  not wanting a huge chance of rain,  wanting it looking lush and green, not a chance of a snow storm, wanting it to be a winter wonderland… So having an idea of how you both feel about the season you want to be married in, is a good idea.
  5.  Have an idea on style of the wedding. This will help with venue selection. Do you like rustic, urban, banquet hall, loft, intimate, unique, outside. Every venue you will see will have it’s own special charm, and knowing what you want your dream wedding to look and feel like will help the process tremendously.

frankfort family photographer

Mom wanted something different this year for her family photo than the fall sessions we have done in the past. She chose a winter look, and I she nailed it! Her styling of the family is always so perfect. Plaid, buffalo check, red, green, scarves, layers 😍 Fabulous job April!
We captured some sweet moments that day as the kids were troopers since it was very cold!
Thank you M family, as always, you guys are the best!

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As a Monee newborn photographer I was lucky enough to be one of the first ones to meet the newest member of our firehouse family.  Miss S was just a dream to photograph!

She absolutely rocked every set up.  I loved incorporating things from Mom and Dad’s wedding as well as being able to capture all the little details that were important to them.  My favorite part might have been sneaking in cuddles with this sweet little squish in between set-ups too.  How could you not fall in love with her sweet little face?!?!

This sweet lady already has lots of people wrapped around her little fingers.  She is for sure going to be a heart breaker when she grows up.

Welcome to the family Miss S!

Nicole ~ Monee Newborn Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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When your bestie lives in Fort Wayne, it automatically turns you into a Fort Wayne photographer.  My last visit happened to coincide with Mr. J turning 2 and Mr. R turning 3 months.  I just loved being able to play and have fun with them and pick up my camera here and there.

J is like any other 2 year old that is constantly on the go so what better place to go than to a park nearby and let him do his thing.  He had fun running up and down hills, swinging from branches and playing on bridges and I was there to capture it all.

R on the other hand was much easier seeing as though his non mobile.  He must have been really excited to see me because he was full of non-stop smiles and I couldn’t get enough of him!  His chunky rolls are just the best.

Nicole ~ Fort Wayne Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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