January 29

Capturing a Photographer

Without a shred of a doubt, photography was my absolute number one priority going into this wedding. After all is said and done, the only thing I’ll have left is my ring, my husband and the pictures. I want to be head over heels in love with all three. Forever.

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Miss Oyster’s Wedding Album

As soon as we had a date and a place, I started looking for photographers. As a well-researched bride and wedding enthusiast, I’ve always known what the price range would be for a “good” photographer. Rooster, not so much. So when I presented the first draft of our wedding budget to him, well…. he may have freaked out. After talking him down and convincing him that we wouldn’t get the same caliber of photos from a student from his university for “a few hundred bucks,” he came around and realized that splurging on a photographer was a good investment.

I searched for potential photographers through WeddingWire and The Knot, reaching out to anyone whose photojournalistic style caught my eye. Many of them were out of our budget (our “splurge” photography budget still wasn’t sky-high) or just not a good fit, making this officially the first wedding vendor (after the brewery and food truck) that we didn’t book on the first try. Since we’d be spending the whole day with our photographer, I thought it was important to find somebody we really got along with. Somebody who might want to spend the day with us even if we weren’t paying them to be there.

Thankfully, It wasn’t too long into searching that I hit the jackpot. I stumbled upon Paige Jones thanks to Southern Weddings’ Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory and fell in love with the photos on her website. After a quick meeting at a Monday Night Brewing beer tasting (can I tell you how much I love that I can visit our venue all the time?), I discovered she’s also really cool, incredibly kind, super professional, and loves Hanson. Our photographer search just became a no-brainer.

Here’s some of Paige’s wonderful work, to seal the deal for you:

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Anyone else get jazzed for light trail dance floor photos like I do?

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I’m stoked to have Paige hanging out with us on our wedding day. We’ve already tackled our engagement photos and I’m so happy with how they turned out. I’ll share them soon!

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