Here's the dilemma...I've found my dream photographer. Like DREAM photographer...am a huge fan of this artist and their vision. I contacted them on a whim "just to see" if they were available for our wedding weekend...to which the answer was "yes!" and now I'm even more obsessed with them.
At first, I was so excited I wanted to sign on the dotted line right then and there. But being the fairly logical one, My Guy was trying to bring me down to Earth as the cost of this dream photographer is over 1/2 of our entire wedding budget. HALF!
I sortof mentioned this situation to my mom who was quick to suggest a family member to shoot our wedding. Umm...no offense...but yea right Mom.
For some reason I'm willing to skimp on lots of things that many brides would never even consider (hello simple no frills dress!), I have almost all of our wedding stationary paid for (thanks to EarthlyAffair and Ink Obsessions contests!), and I'm not "bride-eyed" enough to think I can have whatever I want for this celebration. I know there are sacrifices to make. But somehow, for some reason, I'm willing to splurge on a photographer. This photog may not have anything to take photos OF, as we may not be able to afford flowers, or food, or wine...but we could have some exquisite photos. Ha!
I dunno what to do. I'm feeling slightly irrational going with this AMAZING photographer whose work makes my heart skip a beat. But the money makes me a lil sick to my stomach.
My Guy and I are going to attend the local Bridal convention tomorrow and bee-line it for all the photographer booths. At least, I think we'll attend this thing. I hate bridal conventions, so I can only imagine how much My Guy does (he's sortof a good sport though, and I'll make sure we hit up all the food and cake tasting stations). I can tell in about .5 seconds if I like a studios work or not - and for some reason - I have serious opinions about this matter (go figure....perhaps it's the Art Historian in me who worshipped my Photography classes?)
I wish I knew all the answers sometimes.
*NOTE: we did not attend the bridal convention...couldn't bring myself to do it. I really want to explore how I can pay for the photographer I want. Car wash anyone?