My fiance and I did our engagement session in mid-December. We are getting married um… tomorrow(!!!) and have been engaged since May. If you are shaking your head or laughing at me right now, that's okay. I've laughed at myself plenty these past few weeks in the midst of all my tardiness and forgetfulness. But one thing I've learned from planning is that it's absolutely okay to do things on your own timeline. Yes, even if it means taking your ‘engagement' photos within a month of your wedding (thanks Lesley for being another great example of this!). We didn't do save the date cards or anything requiring photos early on, so it worked out for us to take our photos a bit late. We're using them in differing places throughout the ceremony and reception and I cannot wait to see them become one of those details that's going to make our wedding so, well… US!
Our photographer for these is a dear, talented friend of mine named Nachi Eltit of Nael Photography. As a photographer myself, I just couldn't resist the opportunity to be more hands-on in some photographic aspect of our wedding. So Nachi agreed to shoot with my camera and let me edit the photos. I was so excited. However, it rained the day we took these. We were late. And my camera battery died and cut our session short. It was very much an imperfect day. To be honest, I left feeling rather worried and defeated.
Then I got home and saw the photos.
I am so happy with these images! Most of them turned out to be candid shots of us just being together. I'm glad they did. I feel like we're truly ourselves in these photos. As I looked through them I was reminded of how very much I love my almost-husband and how wonderful he is to me. And all the worries and stresses just faded in comparison to that thought.
So if things don't seem to go the way you've pictured, and they probably won't, just bring your mind back to the reason you're getting married in the first place. As things usually go, our worries are much smaller than we make them out to be. These photos serve as a reminder to me of how important it is to keep that perspective. Despite the mishaps of the day, they turned out so beautifully. There was no need to worry 🙂 See you on the other side, next time I post I'll be a Mrs.!
*all photos taken by Nachi of Nael Photography.
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