What happens when you have to find a new ceremony location just two weeks before to your wedding day? Is your team of vendors going to help you with the process or add more stress? See how this couple handled their potential wedding day disaster!
Dara and Eugene were planning a very intimate ceremony and dinner reception with 25 of their closest friends and family!
When Dara first reached out to me, they were planning to have their first look at Mama Shelter
and their ceremony and reception at Madera Kitchen
. Both are very cool local spots that the couple loves and have significant meaning to them. These locations were the perfect place for them to celebrate this most important day.
About two weeks before their date, Dara and Eugene unfortunately found out their rabbi was unable to preform their ceremony at Madera Kitchen, due to religious restrictions. By this point, Dara and I had worked out all the details for the perfect elopement package and session locations for the two of them. In a panic, she called me and told me she had to not only find a new location for her ceremony, but it had to meet the specific restrictions. All this had to happen within the next two weeks! Dara and Eugene had fallen in love with Madera Kitchen and she had her heart set on saying “I do” there, so, needless to say, she was just a tad bit stressed.
Over the years, I’ve come to realize something. Being a professional photographer isn’t just about being able to capture the moments, but about being able to understand your clients needs and concerns and provide them with the experience that will make them look back on their photos with joy and happiness.
I could easily have made the situation worse by going into a panic mode myself. Most people would instinctually point out that she wasn’t going to find anything that compared to her first choice in just two weeks. But who needs that added stress?
I reassured her that everything would be fine and she would find the perfect ceremony location. I was especially careful to remind her we would make her photos work no matter what happened. Her biggest fear was losing the visual beauty of her ceremony location. It was also very important to stay local. I told her, “I promise that you will look back on your photos with absolute confidence and joy; you’re going to love them!” I was confident that no matter what venue she selected, she was going to have an amazing experience and I would rock her location. My personal confidence help her feel at ease about the whole situation and built her confidence in not only us as a photographer but in her search for a new location.
And you know what? After loads of research and lots of scouting, she was able to find a new venue that she felt was the right one. Just like I told her, I found some beautiful backdrops for all her photos! What a happy ending!
And we can discuss how cute her puppy is. I adore it when our couples include their furbabies!