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1920’s Themed Wedding (NOT Gatsby) | North Carolina Wedding Photographer

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1920’s Themed Wedding

When I spoke with Tracy on the phone about her wedding – she made it clear that it was 1920’s themed wedding – and NOT Gatsby. Because you know – The Great Gatsby is our default reference for any 1920’s party right? LOL. Except the book isn’t exactly the happiest cheeriest story out there. SO.

1920’s – not Gatsby.

And you know what – It. Was. Awesome.

Like all kinds of Awesome.

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I actually brought along my crew and we all hopped in the car to get up to High Point, NC. where the wedding took place. Nearly everyone had to travel (including Tracy and Patrick) to be there – so it was a destination wedding for most of the people involved. The Centennial Arts Center is an old train depot and of course it still has a few train cars outside (which we made use of during their portrait session as you saw above!)

But really – what was great about this wedding – and many weddings – is that you could tell that all of these people – this collection of friends and family really did care about and love both Tracy and Patrick. (I know – that was totally a super long run on sentence strung together but the illegal use of – – – – )

Of course the stage was dramatically lit – and of course Tracy and Patrick had prepared and rehearsed their first dance! And it was so awesome! Her dress! Those moves! Exclamation point!

1920’s Themed Wedding. (don’t mind that – it’s just for SEO reasons you know.)

There was also a definite library theme alongside the 1920’s part and you can see that in their center pieces being stacked of old books and other bits of the decor as well. Yes. The Centennial Arts Center in High Point, North Carolina is a great wedding venue. And I’m not struggling to hit my 500 word count for the darn SEO points!… not at all.

Oh yeah – the food was amazing, and the music was great and they also had a selection of craft beers for their guests. And and and… why did it take me so long to blog this wedding? AHHHH! It took place back in April and I’m only blogging it now? What is wrong with me? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with you Mark. You just happen to think that a 1920’s themed wedding (not Gatsby) is really great and you wanted to try to do the blog post justice so you wanted to take your time. I wanted to take my time… even though now that’s not really reflected in this blog post. 500 words is SO MANY WORDS. Alright. 460. Almost there.

Oh yeah – I also got to finally meet a few people in real life that at this wedding that I had only known from the Facebook. So that was cool. And Juliana up there playing the guitar – always good to see her… and… that’s 510! Boom SEO Suckas! I’m OUT.

Oh yeah – Tracy and Patrick. Thank you so much.

How to Create and Make a Wedding Budget

How to Plan, Make, Create, a Wedding Budget

First. Honesty.

Modern weddings often cost way too much. It’s true. You know this.

How much do weddings cost? How much will YOUR wedding cost?

It matters AND doesn’t matter. Because really – you CAN get married and have a wedding too. So yeah. How DO you create a wedding budget? How do you make a wedding budget?

1. Do some research.

Most of us don’t worry in any kind of event-facilitation-capacity. Basically – we don’t plan and put on regular events for more than 30 people. So most of us really don’t have any clue about everything needed for such an event, nevermind the costs that are involved. But you will have to do some research and find out what things cost in your area (or the area where you plan on having your wedding take place.) Major vendors such as venues and caterers are easy to find. Start finding price sheets or get quotes just to see what things cost. Even if they’re way out of your target price range – you have some idea of what the ballpark looks like.

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2. Decide what you really want to spend.

Don’t let anyone else tell you what you should spend. You decide how much you want to spend and then go from there. Not the other way around. Remember that. Seriously. Remember that.

Also remember that not everything is worth it.

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3. Write It All Down.

Don’t hold anything in your head. Don’t estimate if you have exact numbers. Write it all down. Everything. Write down everything related to your wedding that you will have to spend money on. EVERYTHING. Add it up. Add it ALL UP.

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4. Decide what is actually, actually important to you. 

Seat covers costing too much money? F*ck em. Hand written calligraphy invitations more than you want to spend? F*ck em. Decide what is important to you and keep it. Everything else – is on the list of things that can be CUT if it needs to be. Those are your two lists.

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Wish you were here! | by +Krisandra

Get ready! A post about how awesome my vacation was! Yep, I am going to post photos from my vacation. No models, no wedding, no babies… none of that! Just pure tourist type photos (ok, there are a couple people here and there). You know the photos that have “wish you were here” written across the top. Yea, those.

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I am the girl who at 30 something years old took her first vacation, a real vacation. The type of vacation where my only worry was if my flip flop was going to get washed away by a wave that surprised attacked me.

My boyfriend and I traveled 10 hours to the Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX) where we met up with a group of friends. And yes, I vacationed right as wedding season started. Why? Well, because at the beach it’s still considered “off season” and we got a great deal on a beach house! Although, this was not my first time in OBX. Last year I traveled to the same beach house to celebrate and photograph the wedding of one of my very best friends. You may have seen this image before.

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But this time it was about collecting 10 lbs of seashells, flying a kite, reading a book, falling asleep poolside, watching sunrises, searching for sea glass, seeing a rainbow over the ocean, baking… actually relaxing! *see my instagram

I toured the Nags Head Fishing Pier.

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I toured Jennette’s Pier.

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And my big bucket list day trip to Rodanthe! Yep, from the Nicholas Sparks book turned into movie, Nights in Rodanthe. My girlfriends and I drove the hour to Rodanthe, North Carolina on the same path Richard Gere took in the movie to see the house, “Serendipity”! Although the house is not in its original location (it was moved a few blocks after the hurricane last year, yes they moved the whole house) it is still just as breathtaking as ever. Yea, yea, I like romance movies.

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We stopped by the Rodanthe Pier on Hatteras Island. The pier was also in the movie. Even though it was still being re-built from the hurricane and quite wobbly we as far out on it as possible.

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On the way back from Rodanthe we passed the Bodie Lighthouse. It’s pronounced like Body. Next year we plan to climb the 10 flights to the top. Told you these images are the stuff postcards are made from.

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If you follow my *instagram or facebook then you have seen my week long journey, but if you don’t I highly suggest you should. Otherwise you might miss some pretty amazing stuff!

But, I am back refreshed inspired and ready to go! OBX, you haven’t seen the last of us! Countdown to OBX ’14 has begun.

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Until then….