Friday, August 28, 2009

Videographer and DJ search (sort of) continues

Since we splurged on photography, which most brides should do if they're going to splurge anywhere, we must now save on the DJ and videography.

The DJ absolutely has to keep the night moving smoothly but we don't want one that makes a spectacle out of his/her self. After some research, I think a solid, experienced DJ should cost between $800-$1,000 for 5.5 hours. The other point to consider is the sound system they use. Since we'll be in the Crowne's biggest space, with sky-high ceilings, we need a system that is going to project the sound well.

Videography is usually the last thing couples tack on to their weddings. But, Dan and I set it as a "must-have" on our list. However, we don't want to spend a fortune. Having used Final Cut Pro as an art student, I can do most of what I've been seeing on videographers' websites. So, I'm really unwilling to drop $2500 on a video with cheesy edits. This is a tough one.

The search continues. Recommendations are welcomed!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

It's been a week since my Aunty Gina passed away.. My Aunt, who just turned 40 on 8/11, was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in August 2008. It was a roller coaster, in and out of the hospital...good news, bad news, good news, bad news, and then, 3 weeks ago, it took a turn for the worst, but we never thought it was going to be the end... Our hearts: broken.

Aunty was the best Aunt any niece or nephew could ask for. Her laugh was contagious, her smile always beamed. She loved the beach, the sun, the moon, the stars and sunflowers. She loved to make pizza, and always made a good one. My sister and I definitely take after her love of kitties.

Dan and I were coming home from a mini-vacation we took to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. Tuesday, August 4th, my sister told me the doctors said there wasn't anything further they could do. Dan and I went to be by her side, brought her a chocolate shake (another of her favorites) and sat by her for a couple of hours. I never thought that would be the last time we'd have a real conversation. She asked us about wedding stuff and we always said she just had to get better, and walk again, so she could dance the night away in 2 years. She LOVED dancing. Day after day her condition worsened until Friday 8/14 when her breathing started to become labored...we all rushed to be by her side and we watched her last breath... One of the worst days of my life.

The relief in all of this is that she is resting now, eternally, and is at complete peace, reunited with my grandparents and many other relatives that went before she did.

This experience is one that puts life into perspective.

Appreciate every day you are given - each one is a gift. Don't take your loved ones for granted. When you say "I love you", say it like you mean it! Make use of your time, and do the things you love that bring joy and satisfaction to you. Most importantly, don't sweat the small stuff.

I fully intend on honoring my Aunt at our wedding. It breaks my heart that she won't be there physically. I can rest assured, though, that she's watching over us...Rest in Peace, Bean.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Photographer: Booked!

This morning we signed with Jennifer Leatherwood. What an amazing feeling!!!! Our search started in March, pretty soon after we got engaged - we don't waste time ;-)

Jennifer was the first photographer I found, and I fell in love with her work immediately. Her work with children and babies is equally breathtaking! As an artist myself, I truly appreciate her work and I'm captivated by her compositions, her use of color, saturation and texture...3 elements I love to incorporate in my own work. She's so much fun to be around and we can't wait to have our engagement session!

It was really hard to have to choose a photographer after having met with so many amazing people and personalities...Jenny from Zenobia, Melissa Robotti, Rupert Whiteley (and little Lydia!!) and Kristen Conte to name a few. In the end, our best fit was Jennifer. We've made many new contacts along the way that I hope to stay in touch with - so much talent in the RI Photog seen! See my list of blogs to the right for proof :-)