Forgetting to eat – Expect to run around the entire day like a chicken with your head cut off. Mani/pedis, hair and make-up, tons of photos, & pleasing the people. It’s hard! It’s exhausting. You have earned the right to sit down, tell everyone to leave you the hell alone and eat that dinner you paid $1500+ for! If you don’t do it, I will personally bring you a plate and sit you down. I’ll even make airplane noises.* (Available by request).
Drinking too much, too soon – This happens a lot especially when it is hot. I totally encourage drinking! It’s a wedding day. If you want a beer or seven you get a beer or seven. Your day, your way. However, be careful! No one wants to miss their first dance vomiting or (this one’s for the wedding party) give a drunken speech that you’ll be embarrassed about the next day.
Sweating the small stuff – The dress above? The one everyone is losing their absolute shit over? It was bought the night before. She sent her dress in for alterations and when she got it back it was ruined. At the very last minute she had to run to another store and buy a dress off the rack to get married in the next day. Is that a “small stuff”? Absolutely not. My point here is, that if Casey can get a new dress the day before her wedding and still rock it? You can do anything. Missing a boutonniere? No one will notice. Hair out of place? How vogue. Do not worry. All that matters is you’re married in the end.
Spending money on things you don’t want – Of course there will be a million opinions thrown your way. Some people will want this and others will want that. Guess what? Most guests leave their wedding favors there. Even more of them have no idea what your thousand dollar cake even tasted like. If you like lavish things and want to spend that money, please do! However, if you’re stretching yourself thin to meet other people’s needs, please don’t.
Not taking the quiet moments for yourself – You’ll be “on” the entire day. Those little moments in between take them in and just be. Just sit there with your partner and enjoy yourself and the day because you’ll blink and it’s going to be gone.
Not designating a point of contact – Unless it’s an emergency, on one of the most stressful and exciting days of your life, you should not be bothered with nonsense. Make it someone who you know can delegate and knows what to tell you and what will just stress you out. Trust me, you’ll thank them and me, later.
- kara + anudeep
"I knew Tay did great work from looking through her website, but it was talking with her and hearing her approach to her business that sold us. She is one of those people who exudes kindness and joy. We are an intercultural couple and it meant a lot to me that she had demonstrated a commitment to inclusivity in her client portfolios."
"Tay is simply the best. Contact her for a consultation; you won't regret it."
- ally + luke
"When I met Tay in the summer of 2017, Luke and I were freshly dating and filling in for a portfolio session that had cancelled on her short notice! And let me tell you... that was one of the best things to have happened to us! We had a BLAST and it was then that I knew I wanted Tay to capture our relationship along the way— so when Luke proposed she was one of the first people I told! I have never been the most comfortable in front of a camera— but she makes it feel so dang easy. Tay has this way of capturing the purest moments, the goofy moments and all the love that exists between them. Just recently, she delivered again for us. Seeing our wedding through her lens was the cherry on top of my favorite day. I cannot thank her enough for the joy she has brought us— and the photos she has given us to show genterations to come."
"Tay has this way of capturing the purest moments, the goofy moments and all the love that exists between them."
- jerica + kathleen
"Tayanna is a prime choice for a photographer.
She photographed our wedding and produced home-run, out of the park, Friday night lights photography. We asked her to focus on moments: people interacting with each other and less formal moments. Her professionalism, communication and quality is top-notch. If you want top performance, hire Tayanna. 10/10 would recommend, will hire again."
"10/10 would recommend, will hire again"