One of the things I love the most about being a photographer is the people I get to meet. Former clients, become friends. Long exciting chats with photographers who share the same passion. A wide variety of artists, musician, painters, filmmakers have enriched my life as well. I also draw inspiration from every wedding, specially when a wedding has a fantastic team that gives their 100% and much more to make your day an unforgettable one. Through the years I’ve worked with many amazing wedding vendors which I have come to love and trust. There is an amazing connection when we love what we do and when we are as passionate about it.
The idea for this project started a few months back when my friend Valerie from Bridal Trends contacted me to shoot a portrait session with her husband, Justin. Needless to say I was so excited by the request ! and there is where all started !. We will be featuring the best wedding vendors in the Rio Grand Valley, I want you to get to know the amazing wedding vendors the RGV has to offer… on a more personal level. They will also give you advice on their area of expertise, and coming very soon we will have a united blog with a concierge to help you with your wedding needs. can’t wait !
and here they are Valerie and her hubby Justin:
how did you start your journey as a wedding planner ?
My journey as a wedding planner started while I was in the process of planning my own wedding. I’ve always been a complete romantic, and right after I got married I put my pen to paper and started working on a business plan. I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to be a part of and do for the rest of my life. And I also recognized that this was something that was lacking here the in the Valley. I love meeting new people and being able to take part in their romantic journey of wedded bliss is something that I take to heart. I can’t imagine doing anything else! It’s the most rewarding career ever and I’m very passionate about it!
a favorite wedding planner memory ?
I have way too many favorite memories from each wedding to even know where to start! But I will tell you the most significant memory I have, because it pops into my head right before each wedding. My first Wedding ever was in June of 2006 and during the ceremony rehearsal, the mother of the bride, Mrs. Vasquez, quietly stepped to my side and looked me in the eyes. Immediately my own mother came into my mind as Mrs. Vasquez touched my arm in a motherly way and asked me if I was ready for the wedding and wanted to make sure that everything would run as perfect as possible for her ONLY daughter. They knew it was my first wedding, but they put their complete trust in me anyway, and it wasn’t until that very moment that I realized how important my job was. I felt my knees go weak and then knots turned in my stomach. I had the weight of an entire wedding on my shoulders and whether or not my bride had an amazing or terrible wedding was completely up to me. WOW!! I was scared to death and I had nightmares all night that night. But I’ll tell you what…..my first wedding, Liza’s wedding, was AMAZING!! I will always remember this moment between Liza’s mom and myself because it is a constant reminder of how important each of my bride’s are and a reminder of why I chose this career path.
your top advice for engaged couples:
Hmmm…. my top advice for engaged couples? I’d have to say, “don’t expect perfection”. Wedding planning is a very stressful and time consuming process, and to also add the stress of wedding perfection to the list will only help you to break out in hives! The idea is to take everything one step at a time, expect the best, but anticipate the worst. So long as you’re organized and prepared and you keep a positive outlook, you’ll not only enjoy the planning process more, but you’ll also be setting yourself up for a very successful wedding!!
3 things you LOVE:
Three things that I absolutely LOVE would first and foremost have to be my adorable hubby and awesome family! They really are the best people in the world and I don’t know where I’d be without them! Second would have to be ANYTHING chocolate! I’m a true chocoholic. Whether it’s homemade chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice cream or chocolate iced doughnuts, if it has chocolate in it, I’ll probably love it! Last but definitely not least are my kitty cats! I have 4 cats and they are literally my only children. I love them with all of my heart and they are the most spoiled little rascals ever!
3 things that bug you:
Three things that truly bug me are when really slow drivers hold up the faster drivers! Hahaha! I’m usually a woman on a mission when I’m on the road and that REALLY bugs me! Cleaning also bugs me….but hey we all have to do it right?? The last thing that bugs me is probably the biggest of all. I’m really critical of myself and how I do on weddings. Even if it was the most successful wedding ever, there are always things that I knit pick at. Things that I feel could have been better perfected. I guess being a perfectionist bugs me, but then again, if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t have anything to strive for in each of my weddings, now would I?
a few of the weddings where we have worked together:
Thank you Valerie+Justin, its been amazing getting to know you !