Our guest blogger for this month is esteemed Fort Wayne wedding photographer Natalie Kunkel. (Click on her name to check out her work!) Natalie has been a dear friend of mine for several years and I loved coordinating her wedding! Natalie spends so much time at weddings making sure the day goes perfectly for brides but be sure to read below as she finally gets to reflect on her own wedding day:
Our Wedding was everything I imagined it up to be and more! It was stress free, so fun and we were surrounded by our loved ones! I have honestly nothing but good memories from that day. Everything down to the weather was absolutely perfect! Even in the crazier moments surrounded with lots of people, to the quiet moments with just Scotty and I hiding behind the building as we prayed together just moments before saying I do. It was all perfect!
My wedding theme was rustic with hints of vintage mixed in! Scotty and I both love the outdoors so we really wanted the woods to be the surroundings for our ceremony as well as have the reception somewhat outside! Our guests were able to feel the wind blowing, hear the birds chirping, and breath in the fresh air throughout the whole night! Our venue had 5 huge doors on either side that we have opened up for fresh air as well as fireplaces (for S’mores duh!) on the inside and outside! We even had our caterers grill the chicken meal right at the venue so the guests could actually smell their food being made and was served on beautiful vintage, china plates. We loved the laid back feel of being in the outdoors but still have the elegance of the decor.
The first opportunity I had to look at the set up, was after I had finished getting ready for the day and was at the venue for the first look. It was perfect. It was everything I had envisioned it to be and so much better than what I even pictured! I was blown away! It was an amazing feeling to be able to just show up and see everything so perfectly put together! After many meetings with Cami beforehand, and having her help me bring my vision to life for the wedding, it was an amazing feeling to know I had someone I could trust carrying it all out so that I could actually enjoy the day! That was extremely important to me. Scotty and I highly valued enjoying our day and getting to have fun with our friends and family! We just won’t have been able to that as well if we didn’t have such an amazing wedding planner!
As a Bride, I can not express it enough how much having a wedding planner saved our lives!! I can honestly say that the whole process from start to finish of planning my wedding was such a breeze and so stressless! I have talked to so many brides (as a wedding photographer, I see so many different types of wedding experiences) that are so stressed out planning their wedding and I just feel so blessed that that wasn’t my experience at all. It all had to do with the fact that I had an amazing wedding planner! By having a planner, I had a professional helping me carry out my vision. Cami dealt with things that I wouldn’t have even known how to do on my own. She found good vendor options to look at, as well as venue options that fit the theme and the look I was going for. She found a way for me to find everything I wanted within my allotted budget and found ways to creatively carry out my vision! Cami also was the go-to person that communicated between the vendors most of the time so that I didn’t have to worry about it. That alone took away so much stress! The main thing Scotty and I had to do for our wedding besides the whole overall vision and look of our wedding was figure out the guest list, make and send out my wedding invitations, and organizing the RSVP list. If you talk to any bride without a wedding planner you will find that most of them are in over their heads. Not only was she a huge help leading up to the wedding, getting everything set up and decorated but she was also such a blessing because she coordinated everything and kept the flow of our entire day going. She ran the rehearsal dinner the night before and all the events throughout the wedding day! I am pretty sure, well actually I know, we would have been a disorganized mess had we not had her coordinating the flow of our day!
From the perspective of a wedding photographer, I absolutely love when my brides work with wedding planners because it means it won’t all fall on my shoulders and I am able to do my job so much better! If there is not a wedding planner the next person everyone looks to is the photographer even though that isn’t our job. I of course always help them build photo sensitive timelines and refer good vendor and venue options beforehand and even give every bride a guide to help plan their wedding but on the day of, I am not the one having to corral people to be where they need to be or have to ‘run the show’! When I don’t have to do wedding planner tasks I instantly am freed up to do my job, take photos, and I don’t have to miss capturing those special candid moments (which usually happen when peoples guards are down and they don’t even know anyone is taking pictures!)
If I could go back, I wouldn’t change that much about my day except that over the years my taste and style has changed but I know we will always be changing taste and style so I don’t regret how our wedding looked because it was who we were at the time! I will always look back at that day with a smile and with so many beautiful memories!
Venue: Shoaff Park | Photographer: Dustin McKibben | Catering: Walnut Hill Catering
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