As I am sure you have heard one of the most important details in wedding planing is photography! Jason and I were no exception to that notion. After all you only get this opportunity once in life (although our society says otherwise)! About a day after Jason proposed, I began the hunt of shopping around for wedding photographers. Considering that I love getting my picture taken as well as weddings, I already had a list of photographers in mind. However, I found it very interesting as to how difficult it was to choose. All of the photographers offered such different styles, price points and packages. Any who, I share all of that to say that I ended up working with 3 different photographers during Jason and I’s engagement and I could not be happier with that decision. For our initial engagement session we worked with the lovely Tarashton Photography of Valdosta, Georgia. Tara is a photographer who has a niche for natural light and all things vintage! She is great at making the session fun and effortless! For my bridal session I had the opportunity to work with the amazingly talented Anna Kinchen of Anna Kinchen Photography. Words cannot even explain how much I adore the photos from my session with her. Let me put it this way…the photos are magazine worthy. And lastly, we worked with Bryan Minear Photography of Detroit, Michigan for our formal engagement session and the wedding. We have absolutely loved working with him. With Bryan you get a great balance of natural light photography along with some abstract lighting concepts.
So as you can see we had a great deal of variety! In hopes of simplifying your wedding photography process here are a couple of things to keep in mind while shopping around and a list of great wedding photographers.
Wedding Photography Tips:
1. Know your budget! If you find a photographer you love, but they aren’t in your price point…just keep it moving! No need to even begin the process of dreaming on how to make it work. Weddings are expensive enough. Save yourself the extra burden.
2. Know what type of products you would like post wedding! Often times having a little list of products you desire will help you select a package that is best for you!
3. Imagery. Be willing to do a some Pinterest research and find images that you would like to have captured during your special day. This will help the photographer tremendously!
4. Photo Call. Besides the traditional wedding photos, having a photo call sheet will help the photographer to also capture other images you may desire with special friends and family. Be sure to give a copy of this list to your wedding coordinator and hostesses as they can help the photographer pin point people.
5. Be Open! Remember that the photographer is the expert in this department. Be open to their artistry and expertise.
6. Pay It Forward. Often times the photographer can be one of your most expensive vendors. To ensure that they are taken care of as well as to alleviate some of your stress, I highly suggest that you pay in installments once you have secured their services. Writing a check for $3000 all at one time can be daunting especially with all of the last minute wedding expenses that you incur the week before.
Guide to Great Wedding Photographers:
Welp, that’s all folks! Hope you have found something a little helpful 🙂 Oh yes, stay tuned next week as I will be blogging about my experience in working with Anna Kinchen Photography and sharing lots of photos!!!
Hello Lovas (in my Carrie Bradshaw voice), I’m back!!! The last couple of weeks have been pretty insane, but awesome! I am now a married lady living in good ole West Virginia for a couple of months with my sweet husband. Our wedding was spectacular. No worries details to come very soon. In the meantime here is a little photo sneak peek courtesy of Bryan Minear.
I am really excited about this new life chapter and have lots of things in the works!!! Just so you are in the know about everything here is what you can except from Live, Love and Read this summer:
1. New blog URL! See Above. It was time to put on my big girl panties and commit to being a consistent blogger for my awesome READers.
2. Wedding blogs galore! For the remainder of June and part of July I will be giving you the skinny on the #HowardReadwedding (checkout this hashtag on Instagram). You name it, I’ll be covering it. Bridal fashion, photography, organization and much more.
3. Revamping www.candacemread.com. During my time away I had a lot of time to brainstorm about my brand and what I want to offer to the World. Welp, I have finally figured it out. I must admit…it’s going to be awesome. Using lots of new images from my sessions with Anna Kinchen Photography and Bryan Minear Photography.
And that’s about it! Thank you for your continued patience with me. It truly means more than you know! Yay for blogging! Ha.
And just when I thought that my life was terrible, I stumbled upon this video! Check it out for yourself. It will speak to your heart in ways you could never imagine.
Now if that isn’t a little dose of life inspiration, then I don’t know what is : )
In honor of Mother’s Day, I just had to share this video with will you all!!!!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing mommas out there! YOU make the world MORE AWESOME.
People often ask me how Jason and I met. Well, it was pretty unexpected and a TOTAL God thing. But just so everyone knows the story, here it is : ) P.S. This was all written by wonderful fiancé, Jason! Enjoy.
The journey to OUR FOREVER began with a wedding…
If you get a chance, hunt us down and ask for the full story…but we digress. We met on Sept. 3, 2011 at Chris & Katelyn Read’s wedding rehearsal. Candace was the most outgoing of all the ladies and Jason the same for the guys. We joked and chatted through the dinner, to the rehearsal, through the rehearsal, later that night, and all the way through the wedding and events of the following day. Many hours of phone calls, text messages, missed signals, happy stories, sad stories, ups and downs later, found Candace laying in bed after back surgery and Jason responding to a tweet that would lead to a truth infused text message from Candace…”I was totally crushing on you…” The rest is crazy, but allow me to give you the cliff notes version… We talked a bunch and filled in the apparent missed signals, realized how much we both liked each other and decided to make the appropriate changes in each of our separate lives to pursue on another. A couple weeks later, Jason booked a surprise flight to visit Candace, using the assistance of Candace’s mom, Charlotte, and her best friend, Vannessa…he drove 2 hours to Columbus, OH and missed his flight, so…drove 13 1/2 hours down to Candace’s home, picking up Vanessa along the way and said “Good Morning” to Candace in-person for the first of many times! We had our first kiss that weekend and both knew that this was the beginning of a lifetime together!
Fast forward to June 25, 2012, just 3 months from their first kiss…
Jason enjoys surprising and Candace enjoys surprises. So, piggy-backing off Candace’s personally planned birthday party, Jason made arrangements with Candace’s friend, Valerie, to crash the party. Being a Monday night and many states away, Candace didn’t suspect a thing. The surprise at dinner (same restaurant as our first date:) was nice, as Candace simply thought Jason was there for her birthday. However, after moving on to the Wine Loft to the end the night, reality came full circle. Jason and Valerie made the plan to have her gather everyone together and say something they appreciated about Candace. The plan worked to perfection! Jason was the last one in the group to go and, knowing Candace, she was already in tears at this point. He said all the right words (so the ladies say:), got down on one and asked her to marry him. And since you’re reading this story, you know for sure that she said YES!
*Photo Credit: Tarashton Photography
Hey Fashion Lovers,
Get excited for Monday! Live, Love and Read will have her first guest blogger, Sydney Chicoine of A Resplendent Resurgence and she’ll be sharing some tips for the perfect wedding ensemble.
Stay tuned because it’s a “READ” that you do not want to miss!
September is five months away and it is already shaping up to be a very busy both for this gal. New York Fashion Week, Miss America, a trip down South for a wedding and now the theatrical release for the film, Brother’s Keeper. Not quite sure where school fits into this equation, but as always I’ll make it work! ha. Anywho, for those of you who do not know just two summers ago (Summer 2010) after not winning the title of Miss Georgia and almost giving up on life, I decided to take a gander into the World of Hollywood Film and some pretty amazing things happened! After proving myself as a temp. assistant, I was promoted to Executive Assistant for CFO, Steven Camp and once he learned about my dance and choreography background, I was then hired as the lead choreographer! Such an amazing experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life!
Hello Love Bunnies and Happy Valentines Day!
I wanted to share a very special story with you guys…and yes, it is about a not so straight spine. My not so straight spine! ha.On this very day one year ago I went under the knife in hopes of having my 90 degree double curve (aka the worst scoliosis ever) corrected. As you can imagine…I was tad bit nervous, but was looking forward to having this problem corrected as I had lived with it for 10 years and each year it got progressively worse. Thankfully due to my intense dance lifestyle, I experienced very little pain. But as I began to slow down with my frequent dancing, I noticed a huge change in my body as well as increased and serve pain in my back! Actually it was one day after dance rehearsal,during my senior of college, that I was in such pain that I could not even lean over to load my dishwasher. It was in that moment that I knew that I had to do the one thing that I never wanted to do…go under!
Pre-Surgery Spine…pretty intense!
After much research I found myself at Emory Orthedopedic and Spine Center on December 6th receiving a firm YES from Dr. Dheera Ananthakrishnan (we just call her Dr. A…lol) that I would need to have the Harrington rod surgery. So without much else to consider the surgery was scheduled for Tuesday February 14th, 2012.
8 hours, 2 titaium rods, 18 screws and a hook later…I now have a straighter spine! I wanted to share this story because often times in life we have to face the things we have fear most, but it is during those journeys that we learn the most about ourselfves. And when we better understand ourselves we become more open to discover other things…like true love! Or at least that’s what happened to me : ) So don’t be fearful. You never know how things are linked to one another! Be open. Embrace the journey because only God knows what lies ahead of you!!! Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers <3
Post Surgery Spine…MUCH BETTER!
Valentine’s Day 2012
P.S. I want to take a quick moment and give a SUPER DUPER THANK YOU to my momma, sisters, grandma and auntie sharon who helped me get through this recovery! I couldn’t have done it without your LOVE, support and patience with me : ) Means more than you guys will ever know!
In just four days we’ll have a new Miss America! woot woot. And just in case you did not know in pageant land Miss America is basically the equivalent of the Superbowl. So yes, this time of the year is a big deal! Out of 53 contestants one young lady will be crowned Miss America (affectionately known as Miss A) with the opportunity to travel the globe representing the World’s largest scholarship organization for women, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Artistry by Amway to name a few.
Like most young girls, I too dreamed of becoming Miss America! And thankfully I had a chance to compete for the title of Miss Georgia for not one, but three years! Although I did not win the title I learned more about myself than I could have ever imagined. Additionally my participation with the organization granted me some amazing life experiences that I would not change for anything in the World. One of those experiences included working with the Pageant Planet, an online resource for pageant girls (yes, this means you should check it out!). During my time with the Pageant Planet, I had the the pleasure of interviewing my favorite Miss America, Kirsten Haglund (now Smith). In celebration of Miss America Week I would like to share my interview with her! In our time together she shared some of her experiences as Miss America 2008, how she began the pageantry journey and words of advice to aspiring young ladies who have the same dream. Hope you enjoy!!