The Barefoot Bride {part 01} ☮ Where Do We Even Begin?

Why is "have you picked a date?" automatically the first question that ANYONE who knows that you recently got engaged asks? It's as though that question has become the habitual response to hearing about an engagement, and no matter how hard we as humans try and resist asking, it's just a question that we seem to ask almost involuntarily; I know that I've definitely done it in the past, and it IS a pretty crucial fact in wedding preparation, it's just funny how that's the first thing everyone is curious about ;) Mark and I were easy when it came to choosing when we'd want to get married; granted, we didn't have too many weekends to choose from for the summer of 2015 considering that my schedule is almost entirely full with my own couples getting married, but we were also super open to the idea of waiting until 2016. A few factors came into play which had us leaning towards 2015, so we basically just agreed that if the 3 weekends that I had open on my calendar matched up with a venue (& photographer!!) then we'd tie the knot this coming summer! More info on our date, venue, AND photographer (ahhhh SO PUMPED!!) will be coming in next week's post, but today I thought it was important to start right at the beginning--creating an overall vision for your wedding day!


I've started looking at this process in a much like how I approacehed branding my photography business; considering that both Mark and I are pretty visual people, creating a mood board for inspiration (& to keep our ideas in check) seemed like the best way to begin creating a "brand" for our wedding. We started the process by sitting down for 30 minutes (or more) every morning this past week and browsing other weddings, blogs, pinterest, google etc. for features that we were drawn to when it comes to an overall theme & style. Thankfully, all those late nights spent browsing other photographers' blog posts featuring various weddings finally paid off, and I was able to use some of my favourite browsed weddings to look for elements that felt might suit our own.

If you're like me, and unable to mentally keep your wedding elements within one "theme" or "style", then I would definitely suggest creating a mood board to visualize all of your ideas! Not only did the board allow us to move our ideas around physically, and pair different elements together, but it's also going to act as a visual daily reminder of the direction that we would like to take the rest of our wedding planning. kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_0255kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_0259

Here's the steps that we took to create a fitting mood board! 1. Like I briefly mentioned above, we had spent all of our mornings over the course of this past week pinning theme and inspiration ideal to a joint board on Pinterest. 2. After a few days of image collection and brainstorming sessions to figure out what we wanted visually from our wedding, we saved the images that we really felt represented what we wanted and who we are as a couple to be printed. The images that we had pinned but didn't really feel went with the overall look were left behind :) 3. We then printed the images and cut them all out 4. After cutting all of the images out, it's fun to have the freedom to move them all around and really get a sense of which pictures go best together and really bring the vision to life. **we separated our board into sections (SEE IMAGE AT END) starting in the middle with the venue, and then branching outward. 5. Once you feel as though your board is complete, place it somewhere in your home where you're going to see it every day. Not only will it's constant presence keep your excited and inspired as you start planning the other elements, but it's also going to mentally keep you on track when it comes to following through with your ideas, and avoid any straying off to various other themes.

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kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_0267 I've been thinking a lot about this process this past week and I'm not only so excited to be able to share every step of Mark & I's journey here on my blog, but I'm also so excited at the thought of being able to share this process with my own couples & brides of 2015. It's always felt a little funny being a wedding photographer, without having been married or engaged myself, so I'm really pumped to be able to be on this journey alongside of them, and to get to experience the struggles, as well as the incredibly joyous moments together! P.S Kaihla Tonai brides of 2015, I'm considering making a private facebook group for us to be able to have a place to talk, ask questions, and just get inspired from one another, so if you think you'd be interested in that, let me know and I can set that up!! :)


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Lastly, as always, if you have ANY questions or comments, please leave them below and I'll get back to you with more info!! And of course, if you have any wedding, engagement, or planning advice, we'd love to hear it!! :)

Next week's post is going to be all about booking what we think to be the most important elements first, so definitely check back if you want to hear more about those!! P.S I'll be hastagging any "wedding" posts on Instagram with #KT_barefootbride so if you want to follow along with those, feel free to check that out!

Happy Monday!!