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When these two showed up, ready to rock, dressed super cute, and were willing to walk through tall grass and adventure in nature, I knew we could create something amazing together. They have an amazing festival vibe, appropriate to how they met. I loved doing their Los Angeles engagement pictures.

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Back in December these two booked me for their Los Angeles engagement photography. We figured out a spot and met for sunset at the beach. As you can probably tell, we had so much fun taking these photos. They hadn’t really taken couple photos before, but they were willing to do anything I suggested and, of course, it helps that they’re both gorgeous!

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If you have to cancel or postpone your wedding due to coronavirus, telling people is one of the huge, dreary parts of the process. To make things a little easier, here’s a list of sample wordings for an “Un-save the Date” or a Corona cancellation.

Funny Covid-19 Wedding Rescheduled Annoucement Ideas

Corona Came!

But they didn’t bring beer. We have to reschedule. We can’t have our wedding without beer. Stand by for a new date!

Un-Save the Date

We would like to cordially invite you to not come to our wedding on ____ because no one will be there. Unfortunately, although we were really looking forward to celebrating with all of you, we had to cancel due to Covid-19. If you want to come anyway, feel free to dance in front of our venue, socially distanced, of course.

Printable Etsy Wedding Cancellation and Postponement Cards

Etsy is great because they support individuals and small businesses (for the most part). These are digital downloads you can buy and either the seller customizes them for you, or you can customize them using an app or program (there should be clear instructions). Then, you just get them printed or print them through a desktop printer! Since I didn’t know what I was doing the first time I printed something myself, I’m including pro printing tips at the bottom.

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Whenever my husband and I are watching a wedding movie or TV show, and a soon-to-be married couple cries, “This is OUR wedding!” we laugh. Because most of the time, weddings start out being about you two getting married, and end up trying to make dozens of other people happy. As a Los Angeles wedding photographer, I get to see a lot of weddings and get close to many brides in the months preceding the wedding. So here’s my advice to you:

Be Yourself.

Your soon-to-be spouse, your friends, and your family really love you for you. Not for the perfect, traditional person you could be on your wedding day. So if you don’t want to do a bouquet toss or garter throw, don’t do it. If Aunt Butter is scandalized, that’s her problem.

Be Yourself.

On the other side, if you love tradition and all the little symbolic traditions, do them! My two older sisters were very traditional with their weddings, and we all knew what to expect. It was beautiful.

Be Yourself. Find Who You Are as a Couple.

I bought my dad a kilt for our wedding. I made my own dress, a Celtic/elvish style dress. My mom and I made medieval style bridesmaid dresses. We didn’t kiss until our wedding day and got married in my parent’s yard.

How?

Surround yourself with helpers who feel your vision and can encourage you to stay true to your choices if there’s pressure to change your mind. Bridesmaids, friends, even family. Regardless of how old you are, peer pressure exists. We like to please the people close to us. So choose to surround yourself with people who understand what you would love to have.

Don’t Shoot for Perfection.

So don’t sacrifice your happiness as a couple on the altar of having an Pinterest wedding.

In the end, this isn’t a day for perfection. It’s a day for marrying the love of your life, the person you will be with forever. The memories you make here will last so much longer than an Instagram post. So don’t sacrifice your happiness as a couple on the altar of having an Pinterest wedding. If the pictures are amazing, but you remember being stressed and angry at each other, it will not be worth it.

Psst… a lot of times, those perfect weddings you see on Pinterest are “styled shoots,” which means a bunch of wedding vendors come together and put together a photoshoot. The couple and bridal party are all models, the cake is never eaten by guests, and no one has to do anything but stand and dance around for photos. They are an ideal, but frequently on a wedding day things go wrong and you only have time for a certain amount of photos.

Always remember: the goal is to get married and commit to loving each other forever. If that happens on a hammock over a swamp, that’s amazing. If it happens in a castle in Scotland at sunset, that’s amazing.

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I want to preface this by saying that I think all true professionals deserve to be paid for their work. Even if it’s an art, if someone puts time and effort and skill into creating something for you, they deserve to be compensated in some way. Engagement pictures in Los Angeles (and simply living in Los Angeles) are expensive. But it’s also expensive for the photographer, who spends hours both before and after the shoot preparing, then editing, as well as coordinating with you. 

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These two are perfect and weird in all the best ways. They compliment each other in a way that’s beautiful to see. Kim is a beautiful, sensible girl who laughs easily, and Bilal is an academic with his head in the clouds. They’re both nerds. I loved being their Los Angeles wedding photographer. I also got to do their engagement photos late last year, which was so much fun.

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This girl is amazing, so gorgeous, and talented. I’d always wanted to photograph her, and so one day some of my students and I went out for a fun day in downtown and took thousands of photos of her. One of my ambitions is to be a dance photographer in LA, and this is why.

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These two are perfect for each other. And guess what, the bride MADE SO MUCH of the wedding! She’s an extreme DIYer and everything turned out so beautifully. I was honored to photograph their Los Angeles wedding. We were able to take photos beforehand, and the Ceremony and Reception was at the Grace E. Cummings Lodge in Elysian Park.

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Courtney, Ambika and I met through a local Facebook group for fashion professionals. We were looking to expand our portfolio and do some fun fashion and headshot photography. These were just a couple of my favorites from the headshots we did in Pasadena. I also got to try out my new strobes and softboxes, which work amazing and super excited to use them on another shoot soon!

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