It’s May 8, 2017, and that means it is 6days out from the ceremony and reception. It’s scary to think about how fast time has gone from when Moon and I first started planning. When we looked at wedding plan checklists online they had checklists of things to do as far as a year out ! For those that don’t know, we got engaged in December of 2016 (read about all that and more in /*INSERT OUR STORY LINK HERE */). So if you do the math, we have under 6 months to get everything in order. You may ask why the hurry? My beloved Moon graduates in May with her masters and her family from South Korea is flying in the States for that. We thought it would be ideal to hold the wedding during the same time frame as it’s difficult for all of them to get time off at the same time.
So with that being said, we had set a budget and researched what wedding venues interested us. Most places we inquired about were booked; some were out of our budget, and a few made the mark financially but the venue didn’t resonate with us. In visiting venues we began finding out what we really wanted, which was an outdoorsy rustic environment. We had came across Chaumette Vineyards and Winery down in Ste. Genevieve and fell in love. Aside from fitting the budget, they had amazing views, awesome coordinators, and tasty eats and sweet drinks. Our coordinator Collins was thoughtful and responsive all the time.
Just as we thought it would get easier after finding a venue, the search for a photographer began, and boy did it seem hopeless! I didn’t realize how much a photographer would cost, with the more “premiere” photographers asking for well above $2,500. Our allocated funds clearly didn’t reflect the market, so we had to make some adjustments there. We wanted a photographer capable of capturing that perfect moment when the opportunity presented itself. In addition we wanted the print release of the images taken (didn’t realize that wasn’t standard…). It’s good to check the usual wedding places like TheKnot and WeddingWire to get a feel for who is out there, but don’t necessarily feel that you’re limited to the vendors listed. I found a hidden gem that I won’t reveal unless he gives me the go-ahead, but he definitely fit the bill and style of what we were looking for.
We’re doing some final touches of the wedding planning, but I will pick this up in another post!