What I love about a Real Love Story

Every year I have the immense honour of being a small part of many real love stories of clients, friends, and family. Maybe I'm just a guest. Maybe I'm a bridesmaid. Maybe I'm the wedding photographer. Or this year, I'm even walking down the aisle.

No matter what role I have on a wedding day there's one thing I love. On a wedding day we are witnessing the start of another new chapter in a real love story that started long before the bride walks down the aisle and will continue on long after the last dance has finished. These are real love stories.

 

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If you are anything like me you grew up on the Disney love stories we find in each of the classic princess movies. Cinderella & her Prince Charming. Ariel & her Prince Eric. Aurora & her Prince Phillip. Jasmine & her Aladdin.

Sure these couples had a few bumps along the way but each time it was magic that overcame the biggest hurdle, love conquered all, and everyone always lived happily ever after that kiss on their wedding day.

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Real love stories don't start like these stories, and the happily ever after is something that the couple has to work together to create every single day.

There are bumps along the way, some big & some small, and I've yet to find anyone who has a fairy godmother, magic triton, or genie to make it all okay. Instead those bumps are overcome with hard work, personality, and a whole lot of love.

 

Each couple I have ever met or had the pleasure of working with has their own unique stories. Stories of their first date, their first fight, the moment they knew, and every hurdle they overcame to stand where they are now. Inevitably they are not the same people who started the journey nor are they the same people they will be a day, a week, or a year from now but together they have grown. Their relationship has a personality of it's own.

 

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It's in these moments as they share their stories, and begin a new chapter in their relationship that we see who they really are. This is what I treasure!

 

I love knowing a couple at their most honest as they share their stories, share their lives, and share their celebrations with the people that mean the most to them.

 

So, What do I love about a Real Love Story? I love it's ability to transcend trials, to create a connection to someone else, and the infinite potential in each and every story for a life of little miracles and big blessings!

 

London Ontario Wedding Photographer

Inspiration Infusion: Junebug Weddings

Junebug Weddings is definitely a one stop whop for wedding photography inspiration.  

The beautiful ladies behind Junebug weddings have created something of a masterpiece here. As successful wedding photographers themselves, Christie & Blair have high expectations of their members professionalism and it shows on their gorgeous website. These ladies gather some of the top wedding photographers and vendors from around the world and put them all together on one site for hours of browsing, planning, and pinning fun.

 

Thanks to CreativeLive & Sue Bryce I was introduced to this power duo in 2013. I didn't just become enamored with their website and the beautiful images. No, I had my but handed to me in the form of a client survey & website review. The things I learned from them blew my mind! I'm still working hard to implement it all, but I know they have pushed me in the right direction.

 

Whether you are looking for photography inspiration, wedding ideas, or business help (see business consulting at the very bottom of their page) these ladies have something to offer!

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

London's Rebecca Nash is the London, Ontario based Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography. She takes her emotional, elegant, artistic, and whimsical style and applies them to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience she provides her London, Ontario photography clients.

"I believe every person’s story is different, every person is unique, and no two relationships are the same - this means no two photo shoots are the same. I thrive on the opportunity to create stunning images for amazing people all around me while giving them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Each client is trusting me with the opportunity to know their story, share their story, and help them in celebrating life and love in art." - Rebecca Nash

Wedding Wednesday with Guest Erin Bouchard of Once Upon a Time Weddings

  Today on the Blog I'm pleased to have my friend, colleague, and all around wedding expert Erin Bouchard, Owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings in Strathroy.  Without further ado I'm turning it over to Erin!

 

So we’ve survived the magical time of the year - for many women it’s made even more magical with a new shiny ring. If you’ve recently got engaged it can be an exciting time of your life. Embrace the happiness, joy and excitement! But you might have a few questions about what to do next or first and what to expect as you prepare for your big day. If this is you, then read on. If you hope that this will be you soon, then read on as well.

 

That’s where Once Upon A Time Weddings comes in. Once Upon A Time Weddings is a full service bridal boutique located in downtown Strathroy whose mission is to help educate and prepare brides for their big walk down the aisle.

 

When you first get engaged - you get bombarded with questions and inquiries about when the wedding will be and where it will be. There are some really big decisions to be made as the excitement wears down and the champagne is put away. So grab your fiance and prepare for fun, tears, showers, inappropriate gifts from Grandma and joy as you prepare to start your married life.

 

The first thing you need to start as a “soon to be Mrs.”, is to sit down with your fiance, your parents, and your fiance’s parents and determine your wedding budget. You can do this in a fun, informal way. It’s a great way for your parents to spend some time with your future in-laws as well. The goal of this get together is to figure out who is contributing what to the wedding and how much you have to spend. Then determine what you have to spend for each category of the wedding. It’s hard to start shopping and picking a venue until you know what you can spend. Then try your best to stick to your budget, but remember to allow for some over spending in some areas.

 

Once you have a budget set for the big day, you need to start venue shopping. Booking and determining a venue is the one way to solidify your date. Scope out many venues and schedule some meetings with banquet managers once you’ve determined a venue can meet your needs. Once you’ve got your venue booked, you will also have an idea of the formality of your wedding and can begin to think colors, number of guests, and booking other wedding services like photography, DJ, catering, officiant and so on. Start booking these services as soon as you can. It will feel good to get things checked off and the more you can do sooner than later, the more you will feel you’re accomplishing.

 

At this point, it’s also time to start my favourite part of the wedding planning (but, hey I might be a bit biased). The wedding gown shopping! Start to think about the styles that think you would like - but remember that gowns will look different on your body than they do on the model online. Allow yourself enough time to have lots of options for your big day. Wedding gowns can take up to 8 or 9 months to order in. Don’t take a lot of people with you to your appointment - your mom and one or two other friends is the best bet. You can always have your other bridesmaids come to a wedding gown reveal party after the decision has been made. You might feel like you should include everyone but remember the more people you bring, the more opinions you will have, so bring those whose opinions will actually influence your decision.

 

For more information about Once Upon A Time Weddings please visit www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca or call us at 519.245.7997. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks about planning your wedding visit our blog at www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca/blog or follow us on face book at www.facebook.com/BridalStrathroy.