5 Simple Tips to Help Take the Stress Out of Planning a Wedding

Mississippi Wedding1. Learn to say no

Planning a wedding is exciting and fun but it can also be one of the busiest times of your life. If you don’t want to end up being a nervous wreck a week before your big day, learn to prioritize and say no to any new commitments that would take away from other important wedding-related tasks. It’s really ok to say no every now and then.

2. Become the queen of organization

The more organized you are, the better your wedding planning experience will be. Keep a digital copy of all of your important documents, contracts and information in one file on your computer so that you can easily refer back to them when you need to. If you want to be able to bring important documents along to meetings with vendors, you can always create a wedding binder that contains all of the information you need. Plus it makes for a great backup copy too.

3. Have a little fun

There’s no need for you to be a frazzled bride. Take out your calendar and schedule a few fun days in-between all of your planning. Make fun and laughter a priority in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Sometimes it’s important to come back down to earth and remember why you’re choosing to marry your partner and that trying to control every single aspect of your day is only going to leave you wishing it was over. Go out and enjoy an afternoon with the girls where you don’t talk about the wedding at all.

4. Move your body

Exercise does wonders when you’ve got a lot on your plate and just need to take a breather and focus on your health. This doesn’t mean that you need to schedule in an hour at the gym every day either. If you’re strapped for time, a simple 15-20 minute walk or yoga session will make all the difference to your stress and energy levels.

5. Just breath

Take a complete timeout from wedding planning as often as you need to. Every bride deserves a relaxing soak in the tub or a heavenly hot stone massage to relieve some of the tension she might be feeling. It can be difficult to make time to simply relax but do your best to find the time, even if it’s just 30 minutes a week.

Katelyn Ann Photography | Mentoring Sessions

Katelyn Hambick of Katelyn Anne Photography, words are not enough to share how much I love you as a dear friend, value you as a woman of God, admire you as a photographer, and adore our time together!! Having you as a mentor has been transformational for my photography business, and having you has a friend has been life transforming!

Katelyn and I first met when she came to serve at We Will Go Ministries as a Mississippi College student volunteer. I remember so many conversations about Jesus, loving the lost, ministering to the poor and living out the Great Commission. While our focus was on Jesus, we were both excited to learn more about photography! I was in a season of dabbling in photography as a “tent making” job to support my life on mission, and I specifically remember talking about what new camera we were saving up to invest in! As I moved overseas in 2013 and photography became just a hobby again, Katelyn launch full force into building a wedding photography business. I have LOVED watching her grow as a photographer, refine her style and build her business over the years, and I was OVER JOYED when she was able to shoot our wedding in January 2015!!

When we first returned to Mississippi to visit in October 2016, We Will Go was in a season of wedding fever and I was asked to shoot two weddings in those first couple of months. I was out of practice and having to use borrowed equipment, but these two missionary weddings reignited  my love for wedding photography! Once we were able to settle into a new home and rhythm as a family, I contacted Katelyn asking if I could second shoot some weddings with her and she very graciously said yes!!

I shot my first wedding with Katelyn in December and I felt like I was all thumbs! If I am completely honest, I am not sure if I gave her any usable images at that first wedding. My greatest contribution to the day was holding the spotlight for the sparkler exit photos! But praise the Lord that Katelyn saw potential in me that I did not see in myself at that time.

With the new year came the opportunity to not only shoot weddings with Katelyn, but to be mentored by her! In March I started having monthly mentoring and training days at Katelyn’s home studio. During these training sessions she taught me how to shoot with my flash in manual mode and how to set up and use her lighting system for receptions. We pulled up the images I took at past weddings with her and talked through what was good, and how to adjust my settings or frame my shots differently in order to get better shots the next time. More importantly than improving my photography skills, Katelyn has taught me how to truly love and serve clients well. Katelyn is so much more than a photographer who will show up on your wedding day and take pretty pictures. Her heart is to walk with you through your entire wedding process, building a relationship with her brides and grooms, loving and honoring them all along the journey. When she shows up on the wedding day she is recognized as a beloved friend, instantly part of the inner circle of closest friends and family, and able to capture those precious intimate moments that only a close friend knows to capture.

So far I have shot six weddings with Katelyn, and with each I have learned so much and improved my photography skills. The biggest encouragement has been to have Katelyn trust me a bit more with each wedding, assigning me to key shots throughout the day, and learning to work as a team to serve the Katelyn Anne brides and grooms as best we can!

Another benefit Katelyn Anne brides & groom may not even be aware of is that we pray for each one by name at every training session and before each wedding. Photography is so much more than a business, it is a ministry.