Heidi and I have known each other for I think about a decade already, so it was a real privilege to be able to photograph a wedding for a friend that I’ve known for so long! She and Jason have been dating for almost nearly as long! He finally popped the question last year and I had been sort of giving her advice for wedding planning since that happened. Planning a wedding with a limited budget is always difficult, but still very doable! I’m still a true believer that no matter what budget you have you can still have an amazing wedding! All of her hard work paid off this Fall when they tied the knot in a Catholic ceremony at the Spirit of Christ Catholic Church in Arvada, Colorado. This church is a beautiful venue to hold a traditional wedding. It boasts gorgeous stained glassed windows, an amazing courtyard, awesome architecture and it also has a fellowship hall that can be rented out for receptions as well, which is where this couple also held their dinner and dancing after the ceremony. Church ceremonies usually have more of a formal feel to them, but even so this couple still had a laid back vibe to their event wanting to spend as much time as possible enjoying the company of all their guests so we tried to do as many formal photos before the ceremony that we could!
Beautiful bride, handsome groom and fun and celebrations with everyone they love! What more can you ask for? Congrats again you two! Here’s to many more years together!
Vendors Who Made this Wedding Possible:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Spirit of Christ Catholic Church
Hair & Make-Up: Wedlocks Bridal Hair & Make-Up
Disc Jockey: JVision Entertainment
Bride’s Dress: Macie Marie Bridal
Cake: Whole Foods
Pies: The Dessert Stand
Photography: Crystaline Photography and Video
As the trend moves away from retail stores and to shopping online many people forget that a lot of small hometown businesses rely on local customers! If you want to prevent your main street from looking like a ghost town than I highly recommend shopping for services and products offered by local companies whenever possible! Here are some suggestions for how to shop locally this holiday season.
1.) Set a budget for Local Products and Services with your holiday shopping! Set aside a small sum in your holiday shopping budget specifically for local shopping. Then when you want to buy something at a local store, but you’re hesitating over the price you can justify that extra few bucks because it’s not only helping a local business, but it’s keeping your dollars in the local economy instead of sending it overseas!
2.) Look for Local Specials… some small towns offer special days where they are offering a discount on goods and services. Sometimes these correspond with “Small Business Saturday” (which is the first Saturday after BLACK FRIDAY) or festivals and more being held in the town. Take advantage of these deals when you can! Some credit cards even offer incentives for shopping on Small Business Saturday as well!
3.) Eat Locally. – Visit restaurants in your area that advertise that they source their foods locally. Not only is this more sustainable for our planet because of the shorter traveling distances for products, but the quality is usually better because it’s fresher and you can know exactly where your food is coming from and being grown! Other ideas for those who like to cook at home is to look for Farmer’s Markets or Locally owned Grocery Stores!
4.) Tell a Friend! – Most of these businesses have very limited advertising budgets. So the best way to get more business is by “word of mouth” Sharing your wonderful experience or the awesome product with a friend is going to probably do more for this business than even your purchase can! Visit their Facebook page and “Like” it and leave a review or even leaving a review on the many other websites available to advertise on can help their business. Other ideas on where to leave reviews: Yelp, Home Advisor, Wedding Wire, The Knot, and more if you search for pages that relate to your specific product or service.
5.) Turn your shopping experience into a holiday tradition! We all have special family holiday traditions that we like to do from year to year such as putting up a tree, baking cookies, and visiting Santa. But what if you decide to set aside a day every year where you take your family shopping on the local main street! Give the kids a budget or allow them to spend their allowance purchasing gifts for friends and family. End the shopping trip by grabbing a bite to eat at a local restaurant or grabbing a cup of cocoa or coffee at a local shop. This time of year you can also join this idea with some of the local entertainment being provided downtown whether that be carolers, bands, tree lighting ceremonies, holiday bazaars or Santa appearances.
Have a Happy Holidays! Thanks again for your supporting “Our” local business! We look forward to serving you in the future!