One of the biggest challenges you’re going to have on your big day is remembering that your wedding day is … all … about … you. Your family is there, your love’s family is there – and don’t forget about your friends! If you’re not careful, you’ll spend so much energy making sure everyone else is happy that you’ll find it difficult to let your day be a reflection of you – and, of course, drama free!
But, would it really surprise you if we told you there’s no such thing as “drama free?” Of course it didn’t. Don’t get stuck on that though, because there IS a silver lining to the drama storm cloud. No matter how big or small, drama can’t be avoided, but you CAN minimize it and then, probably laugh about it later.
As much as we’d all love for every wedding to be beautiful, glamorous, and trouble free, but if we’re being real here – and we do like to be real here at Krista Mason Photography – a lot of the time, family dynamics usually mean drama in some form or fashion. Whether it’s your in-laws, your louder-than-necessary cousin, or that one college frat brother, there’s bound to be some tension. And they’ve got to be included, so what are you to do? Everyone keeps saying, “This is your day! It’s all about you!” but the truth is, everyone actually thinks it’s all about them instead.
Our bride and groom really wanted a first look, that peaceful few moments to be alone together before everyone starts pulling you in all different directions. And of course, at Krista Mason Photography, we ARE all about you. We’ll do our best to help keep the peace and play along with the family politics, but at the end of the day, you and your love are our number one concern.
But, what do you do when the person trying to upstage you is none other than your beautiful flower girl, the daughter you share with your love? Our Bride and Groom really wanted those precious peaceful moments with a first look. Of course, they wanted the time to be together, but they also needed those precious quiet moments to gather themselves for the rest of the day. However, their daughter had other ideas. She just couldn’t bear to have mommy and daddy out of her sight for even one moment. Let’s also not forget the other family members who just as excited to enjoy these moments.
In spite of the pressures of their family dynamics, with a little extra help from us (the image of me pre first look running off to pass their beautiful daughter to her bridesmaids, not pictured, lol), they did finally enjoy those special moments and then went on to have a beautiful ceremony! Gianna, of Chic Celebrations, said this about the wedding: “I’m sure by the photos you can tell that Julie loves sunflowers. Anything sunflowers! When we asked Julie if there were any other flowers she liked, she didn’t even know the names of any others. We knew it had to be a focal point. Everything else at the wedding was neutral and calm (grays, wood tones and clear) so that the sunny blooms really popped. Serra Plaza offers so much light that she wanted the entire day to feel airy and bright. Success!!! For the ceremony, the couple wanted to feel like they were in their own little sunflower field so we lined the aisle and altar with clusters of sunflowers.”
Planner: Chic Celebrations / Photographer: Krista Mason Photography / Florist: Heavenly Blooms / DJ: Elevated Pulse / Ceremony Musician: Ryan Zimmerman / Catering, Cake, Rentals, Linens: Jays Catering / Venue: Sera Plaza