To read this blog, without pictures, simply scroll down to the bottom post, which, as is with most blogs, the first post. To read it with pictures, just click here, then navigate the blog with the little green arrows on the left and the right. Left goes forward, Right goes backward. Ken set it up that way, because he's left handed, so to him left is forward, go figure.
Hello, my name is Vesta Irene and welcome to my Bridal Blog, where I’ll write about anything and everything that has to do with getting married, from big weddings to eloping to Reno and getting married in one of our wedding chapels.
I didn’t have a big wedding. I guess because it was 1965 and I was six months pregnant when Ken and I showed up at a St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Bellflower, California with my sister and Ken’s brother for witnesses. In fairness to those of you who might be thinking we only got married because we were expecting soon, we were already married, we’d eloped to Tijuana, the priest was just making it legal in America.
You see, we didn’t have to do the American wedding bit, but we decided it might be best, because we didn’t know for certain just how legal our Mexican wedding was, considering we were both eighteen and that we had to pay a drunk on the street five dollars to be our witness.
Yes, our first wedding was south of the border with just a Mexican justice of the peace, a rummy drunk and us in attendance, just about as small a wedding as it’s possible to have. Total cost, ten bucks for gas to and from Mexico, ten bucks for the JP and license and five for the witness. Twenty-five dollars, not much and we’re closing in on almost a half century of happiness out of it. A pretty good deal, I’d say.
Every bride wants to make sure she gets the best possible photographer she can get within her available budget. If you’re a bride, I believe you should understand a little bit about what your photographer will be doing at your wedding and you should be armed with a little information about his business before you interview him. So I’m including my Amazon reviews of two books I think every bride should read in my Bridal Blog.
Not Just for Photographers, but for Brides, too
If you’re a photographer and wanting to get into wedding photography there are two books that I heartedly recommend, DREAM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY, by Lorna Yabsley and DIGITAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY, by Glen Johnson. There are other good books about the subject, but after spending more time than I should have at both Barnes and Noble and Borders, checking many out, these are the two that I thought should be in my photographic library.
If you go through these two books, you’ll have a pretty good idea if wedding photography is for you. It’s a lot of work and you’ll find that out between the pages of these books, but there’s an art to it as well, which I believe Ms. Yabsley covers in her book while Mr. Johnson covers the technical side. These books compliment each other and though you might want others, I don’t believe you need them, everything you need to know to get started, Lorna Yabsley and Glen Johnson can teach you. Sure, you can never get enough learning, but eventually you have to put the books down, pick up your camera and do.