Happy Thursday! I'm happy to announce this week's Fab*Bride. Her name is Kristin and she is a photographer herself. Her associate, Adam Barnes of Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography, nominated Kristin as this week's feature. We are elated that he did because the photos are stunning! He knows Kristin on a much more personal basis, but was able to say that...
"Kristin was able to infuse color and style into a timeless evening wedding. A naturally chic bride, Kristin's personal style flowed effortlessly into every corner of her event. Her eye for detail and beauty was clear from the beginning of the outdoor ceremony to the final exit. Working with Kristin was a photographers dream, she carried herself with such poise and made time for every detail."
Let's meet Kristin, our very knowledgeable Fab*Bride!
Lots of women ask themselves…"I’m engaged – now what?" What was the first decision that you made after you got engaged? What were priorities for you to get done a little bit early? The first big decision for me was picking a date! I quickly learned how many factors played into that decision. I had 3 and a half months to plan my wedding because we got engaged in June and I knew I wanted a fall wedding! The location and photography were on the top of my priorities to lock in place. I chose to get married on a Sunday, primarily because that offered me the most flexibility with my vendors. I have found that non-Saturday weddings are quickly becoming more popular because of that. I quickly secured a spot with Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington, VA as my ceremony and reception site. This location perfectly fit my desire for a gorgeous outdoor setting in the fall. As for the photography, I am so blessed because I work with an amazing photographer in Lynchburg, Adam Barnes. I knew ahead of time that I wanted him to be the one to capture my day on film. I am not ashamed to say that the final decision on nailing down the date was based upon when he was available! All of my family lives in Texas, so coordinating a day that would work for them to be in Virginia was important as well. Again, I had very little time for planning, so it was important to me to get my list checked off quickly! Looking back, I am so grateful that I was not engaged for an extended period of time because the planning process can take its toll!
Describe one of your happiest moments with your husband before your wedding day. Now that you’ve tied the knot, share a happy moment you’ve had during wedded bliss? It may sound cliche, but one of our happiest moments together before the wedding was the night before at the rehearsal dinner. All of the work was done, nothing else needed planning and we could just focus on being together. We were surrounded by family and friends who loved us and regaled us with stories about their own marriages and how much they loved us together! It was truly one of the most joyful experiences we have shared. Now that we are married, one of the happiest moments we've had was in December when we found out we were pregnant! The timing is wonderful and has been such a great bonding experience. We are expecting a little bundle of joy in August!
Your wedding dress is has a natural elegance to it, as does your veil – tell us about your search for the perfect dress for you? How did you go about accessorizing to finalize your look? My personality is one that I know what I like when I see it and I am hard pressed to find something else that will suffice! Honestly, the task of finding a wedding dress was a daunting one for me. I knew when I began the search that I wanted something very feminine but classic. Something that would remain timeless in my photos. Simplicity is also very important to me. Trying on dresses was so much fun! I learned that even if you have an image of the perfect dress in your head, you should try on styles that you wouldn't normally see yourself in because they all look so different when you put them on. It just so happened that on the day of my appointment to try on dresses, at the first and only store i went to, they were having a sample sale! I didn't go into the process expecting to find a sample that I liked, but because I was so pressed for time, I knew that finding something straight from the rack would make the process so much easier. Instead of having the dress custom made, I could simply have a sample tailored after a few fittings.
If you could label one song as the theme to your wedding, what would it be? I would definitely say "Sea of Love" by Cat Power. It was the song we had our first dance to. It is so lovely and romantic and relaxed, which is how I feel our wedding turned out!
How did your wedding invitations tie into your overall wedding concept? I feel like wedding invitations are so important because they set the tone of your wedding. They are the "first impression" your guests will have of what to expect. It was important to me to incorporate the details of my wedding into the invitations and found a very simple but elegant design that tied into the overall concept. Because I was getting married at Oak Ridge Estate, and trees were one of the themes running through the wedding, I found a great design with a tree that incorporated my wedding colors as well, which were fuchsia, ivory, black, and gold. These design elements carried over to my programs, table and reception decor, and guest favors.
As you are a photographer yourself, what tips can you give brides for the best photographs possible? How did you use your own advice while posing for your big day? This is a subject I am very passionate about! Details, details, DETAILS! They are so important and a photographer's dream! Anything that will add visual interest to a photograph should be incorporated! I would say that this is most important at your reception site. Don't forget about your tables. Flowers and candles are wonderful, but think about adding unique touches that reflect who you are. Even things that could be so ordinary such as table numbers and place cards can be taken to a new level when you incorporate beautiful paper and lovely lettering and embellishments.
As far as your photos go, if you feel comfortable with your photographer, that is half the battle! Make sure you choose someone who you feel at ease with from the start. There are a few things you can do to help in the process. Don't feel like you always have to pose and smile.when the camera is pointed at you. Most photographers love candid moments and try to capture them unobtrusively. As far as your portraits go, if your photographer isn't giving you a lot of guidance, a hand on the hip and rolling your shoulder forward always helps slenderize your arm. Stepping forward with one foot and sticking your opposite hip out helps show off the curve of your dress and adds visual interest to the shot. I always tried to remind myself to have "happy eyes" during more serious portraits when I wasn't supposed to smile. Practice "smiling with your eyes" ahead of time in the mirror, and you will notice how much it softens your face!
Weddings these days are all about personalization. If you could create a signature cocktail / beverage, what ingredients would be mixed in? Weddings SHOULD be all about personalization! One of my regrets is that I did not have a signature drink at my wedding! If I could go back, I would have offered a gin and tonic (my husband's favorite) with a swizzle stick that read "His" and created a lemon raspberry (one of my favorites and mainly because it would be pink!) martini that read "Hers".
If Hollywood made a movie about your journey as a bride to wife, who would you cast as the leading lady? What a question! Courteney Cox. Only because she is a fabulous brunette who is a little bit crazy and quirky and that is exactly the personality that would be needed to play me as a bride planning my wedding!
What is the most solid piece of advice you’ve been given about marriage? Our pastor gave us a great piece of advice that has really stuck with me since the wedding. He encouraged us to wake up every day and say to ourselves, "I am the single greatest threat to this marriage". Although it is such a non-traditional way of thinking that is unnatural to most of us, I believe a great marriage is all about humility and taking ownership of the part I play in my relationship with my husband. Our relationship with God is such an integral part of our marriage and is the only thing that keeps us grounded and bonded together.
Describe a Fab*Bride (you!) in three words. Chic. Savvy. Relaxed.
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