Wedding Plan-icking!

Wedding Plan-icking (Combination of planning and panicking)
I was a wedding planner and wedding photographer in Lake Tahoe for four years and continue the business up here in Southern Oregon and Siskiyou County. I love everything wedding. It all started back when I was about seven years old. I lived in a great neighborhood. I became a wedding planner and wedding officiant for a summer. I married my sister and my friend off to about every guy on the block. I remember at one point my friend and my sister were having an all out brawl over our friend’s brother. It was quite a sight, but when everyone finally calmed down, we had a lovely ceremony with the Sound of Music soundtrack playing in the background. My officiating days came to an end a couple months later, because I forced my sister and a friend’s little brother to kiss. My parents quickly put an end to my wedding business, but over the summer it was booming.
When my husband proposed to me, we chose a date and I planned the entire wedding in 45-minutes. I called all my vendors and boom done. Then people got involved. It went from a small ceremony to a huge wedding and on a different date. Instead of a June wedding it was pushed back to November. Everything was crazy up to the day of my wedding.  I do not like conflict or confrontation, my husband is amazing.  I still cannot show my face at certain places.
Moral of my Wedding experience:
Don’t panic!
Don’t involve people! (Too many cooks in the kitchen, chaos and problems)
Set Boundaries!
If you want something do it so there are no regrets!
Hire who you love.
Photographs can be reminders of all the mistakes made for years to come.
Now this may sound doom and gloom. The thing is it should not be that way. I have hilarious and just my luck moments as memories that I cherish.
I had a planner, I love her and still think everyone should hire her. But as my luck went, people’s addresses were lost so they did not get invited. There was a blizzard. A couple days before the wedding, we found out that nothing was going to work and had to ask for thousands back from our original place. Our planner scrammbled to find a new location for our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.
She called my friend who was going to be my photographer and fired her a day before my wedding. My friend called me to tell me that she gave into my planner. It is okay I still love her, and wish she had been my photographer.  The Planner cancelled my florist and made everything herself.   That was a little disappointing to say the least, my florist is amazing.
Honestly, the only thing that really thing that mattered was that I was going to marry an incredible man. So many things can go wrong and planning can be stressful. But in the end it comes down to the vows and the ceremony; to have and hold, cherish and love, honor and respect til death.
So if you are stressed and freaking out about your wedding, please contact me. We can work through anything. Even if you do not use my services, I am still happy to help.


The Barber Party 2015

I loved this wedding. (I love every wedding.) This honor was special to me because we are alumni. They met at Yreka Union High School in Mrs. Johnson’s class. The Bride knew when she saw him that he was going to be special in her life. Then together they attended California State University, Chico.

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She is becoming a teacher after studying liberal arts, and he graduated in agriculture.
Things I learned about the Bride:
Chico State was the perfect school for her.
If you are having a fiesta, you want her there.
She is very encouraging.
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I always ask my brides if they have any requests for photographs, plus a long list provided to them by yours truly so I will not miss an important moment. She requested that we go back to the place they met to get the photograph there. So off we went to our high school. We visited room 3 and the Ag Department with the group. We wanted to go to the football field, but the Chargers were playing. When the anthem started everyone stopped what they were doing and listened. It was another beautiful moment. It was such a fun day and satisfied my craving to capture awesomeness.

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The hall was beautifully decorated, made perfect by her Aunt, who is the family wedding planner and reception designer. Her Aunt designed the bouquets and boutonnieres. The fun part about the boutonnieres were that they each had a fishing lure.

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Things learned about groom:
Very good with agriculture!
Enjoys fishing.
He can dance.
He has a great sense of humor.
I have known his best man since he was probably four years old.

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The wedding toasts were very revealing, Groom’s mother learned a lot about what happened when she would leave tow

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I wish these two the very best! It was an immense honor to capture their special moments. “Thank God, for hometowns.” -Carrie Underwood