Thank you so much for stopping by! Excited to share Shara and Michael’s beautiful wedding! It was such a lovely day for an outdoor wedding and it was filled with memorable moments. I loved seeing the grandparents give advice to the newly weds. Also loved the energy of the bridal party! This was such a fun wedding and i am so happy Shara and Michael trusted Fotos by Fola to capture their special day. Wedding was planned by Raven J Events. Check out some images from the day. Enjoy!
After the initial high wears off from getting engaged, it’s oftentimes replaced with the daunting and vague task of actually planning the wedding.
A wedding, whether big and elaborate or small and minimal, is undoubtedly one of the most significant celebrations you will ever plan. With that, brings a lot of decisions to make and tasks to complete. But where should you even begin? You may think that the logical first step in planning your wedding is choosing your wedding venue or selecting your wedding date or possibly setting a realistic budget right? Well, I strongly believe that, although these tasks should be completed early on in the planning process, there is a much big first step that will set the tone for the entire planning process.
The first thing you should do before you begin planning your wedding is have an open and candid discussion with your fiancé where you get on the same page on specific topics ranging from what your individual and collective priorities are with your wedding, how financial and planning decisions will be made and how inevitable conflicts will be handled with family and wedding party members during the planning process.
Family members also seem to always want to interfere with the planning process in some way. So, when aunt Joy wants to invite her entire church to the wedding when you’re already over capacity or you received a quote for your wedding cake vendor that will take you over budget (and you don’t even like cake like that) or your fiancé’s mom wants you to change the ceremony program you’ve worked on for weeks because that’s how she did it at her wedding, how are you and your fiancé going to handle that together as a couple? How involved do each of you want to be in the planning process? How will you two go about making the countless decisions needed? How will your current work schedule affect the planning process? What do you two expect of each other?
Planning your wedding is a team effort and may be your first taste of married life since you’ll be constantly working through difficult decisions, family drama, compromise, communication and finances.
One thing I’ve noticed is that there is a big difference in the planning process of clients who do not have this conversation before they start planning versus clients who do. Having all of these questions answered makes planning so much easier. It sets expectations and boundaries early on. Which, believe me, is important.
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Hello friends! Sorry for the break in blog posts. Spring is in the air so its a busy time of the year. Good weather translates to time to take pictures..lol. I have a simple love shoot to share today. It’s not an engagement shoot and it is not a wedding but a celebration of love. Alisha & Elijah are having a private court wedding but still wanted some good pictures to celebrate their union so they contacted me to do a shoot. I just wanted the pictures to showcase their love for each other. It was simple, fun and personal. I truly enjoyed this session. I wish you both the very best. Congrats! Check out some images from the shoot below.
Rolly and Ademola are such a lively couple. The chemistry between both of them was great and all I really had to do was capture it. I am really looking forward to their wedding and I know it will be fun. The shoot took place at the beautiful Galleria Gardens. Below is a short story on how the couple met. Also check out a few of my favs from the day.
We were match-made by a mutual friend of ours, Debola. But before being match-made, we had briefly seen each other at Debola’s older brother’s baby shower. I was fronting as usual and so was he, lol. Just kidding! I actually made a fool of myself that day because I snatched his pencil from him during one of those baby shower games, and he shot me the dirtiest look ever. When I noticed that, I peacefully gave his pencil back. About a week later, Debola called me and started his match-making tricks (See the hand of God in all this?). He called me, then we started talking every night. We started dating seriously a month later and God’s brought us this far.