# 109 | Win Your Wedding Photography (One Way To Get Way More Than You Pay For)

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I won $70 at the casino, so I’m in a great mood :)

I’m gonna get right to it today. If you read the blog on Friday, I talked about wedding budgets. While I definitely understand the need to have a budget, and the fact that some people have much tighter budgets than others, you need to understand from day one that when it comes to vendors, you get what you pay for*.

There areas where you need to spend a little more to get the quality you want. I firmly believe that photography is one of those areas. There are very few thing from your wedding that you will have FOREVER. Unless you go silk, your flowers are going to die. The music and the food only last the night. You probably aren’t going to wear that dress ever again. Every element of your wedding works to make that day what it is, but when your day is over, it’s your photos (and your wedding video) that will hold onto the emotion of that day forever.

I placed that little asterisk a couple paragraphs up because I am aware that sometimes, you get more than you pay for. Maybe you know the right people and can get great deals without sacrificing quality. I have a family member who makes wedding cakes for a living. She made my cake as a wedding present. That was a huge budget helper! But if you don’t, there’s another other way to get killer quality without paying for it: WIN IT!

If you are a frequent visitor to wedding blog, you see lots of contests. Some are OK, some are really good, and some are just downright unbelievably amazing to the tenth power. Last week I came across this contest and thought I just had to share it with you. Candice Cossel of Serendipity Studios is giving away a wedding photography package for one incredibly lucky 2012 bride. I know just how lucky, because I’ve had the opportunity to work with Candice twice! She has an amazing eye and insane talent behind the lens, but it’s more than that. She has this way of making you feel like she’s your long lost best friend from childhood. I felt so comfortable when she was behind the camera. And if that endorsement doesn’t say enough, look at her photos:

^^ See what I mean about capturing the moment & emotion of your day?!? ^^

Sometimes, when I look at her photos, I forget to breathe.

If you want your day captured in photos as amazing as this, then what are you waiting for?!? Link over to the Serendipity Studios blog and enter to win! And if it turns out you don’t win the contest, well I’d still call Candice anyways. Because investing in an amazing wedding photographer is one of the most important things you will do while planning your wedding.

Good luck! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!



#42 It’s OK to Pee Your Pants, If It’s For a Good Reason

There are very few things that excite me to the point of pants-peeing. Now E will attest, I almost pee my pants about 4 times a day, but that is because of sneezing, laughing fits, or just plain forgetting I have to pee until it’s almost too late; not from SHEER EXCITEMENT.

Well, Wednesday May 11, 2011 an event occurred that caused that level of excitement. I mean on a scale of one to ten, this was an eleventeen (that’s my dad’s favorite number)!

What was this event? What was this wonderful, magical, amazing, EXCITING thing?!?!!?!


{Flashback} Almost a full month ago I saw this post on The Knotty Bride. This post made me want a lot of things, like a farm, some pie, and a candy apple. Then I saw the video at the bottom of the post. The video was created by Travis from Serendipity Studios, a husband and wife, video and photography dream team. Game over boys and girls. It was love at first site. I didn’t even know I wanted wedding video, but now I had to have it. (Vimeo link to just the video)

E and I talked and talked and talked it over. The budget was set. We only had three months to go. There was just no way we could make it work. I kept begging and pleading. I would hit play on a new video every time E walked in the door from work. After two weeks. I admitted defeat and stopped trying. Then, a crazy thing happened, E said,

“I was thinking about video.”


“And I was thinking… We can make more money. We can’t make another wedding day. We only get one shot. You should have everything you want.”

Did you die? Cause I died. Then I started crying. Then I felt horribly guilty that I was spending all this money. So we searched and searched through dozens of videographers. But as the song goes, “nothing compares…. to Travisssss” (that’s how it goes right?) It wasn’t an easy decision for E to make, it is a good bit of money, but yesterday he said yes (and I quickly signed a contract before he could change his mind.)

So I am officially titling myself the luckiest girl alive. I get to work with Travis and I am going to get the wedding video of my DREAMS.

PS. Your wedding video lasts foreverrrrrr. If you divide the cost of a wedding video by FOREVERRRRR it’s really not that expensive!! Try that one when you fall in love with Travis’ work and your FI says no. Lemme know if it works for you.

Did you have video at your wedding? I’m now obsessed with watching wedding videos, so send me a little linky-poo to your work of art so I can watch it too! If you’re on the hunt for a videographer, call Travis. If he’s busy, there’s also a new Wedding Video page on Style Me Pretty. (And obv if you need a photographer call Candice.)