November 22, 2017
Real Bride: Traci B.
From the Bride:
How they Met:
One of my best friends was dating one of Daniel’s good friends and that is how we met. A group of us went out one night, Daniel and I were introduced, and we’ve basically been inseparable ever since. We’ve actually had a lot of mutual friends since we were teenagers, but somehow never met. Timing is everything!
I booked a trip to Portland, OR as a gift for Daniel’s birthday, because we had been talking about going for a while. The trip was only a little over two months away after I gave him the plane tickets. A good friend of mine, who is also a photographer, Jesse Salter, and her husband came along with us. We were both excited to take photos while we were there!
I had mentioned to Jesse that I wondered if Daniel would propose while we were there, but then I decided that would be way too soon to get a ring and ultimately forgot about it. Jesse was having us pose for her in front of different waterfalls throughout the Columbia River Gorge. She asked us to go back to a previous one and pose again, and although I was so confused as to why, but went along with it. Daniel got down on one knee and I was shocked. I had no idea and didn’t think about him proposing at all. I of course said yes right away!
It ended up being so funny, because he was dragging this backpack around that I asked him to leave in the car several times so he could carry mine and he kept refusing. It ended up being because the ring was in there. He also was being very particular about which waterfall he wanted to propose in front of, so every time Jesse was photographing us in front of a new waterfall, she was anticipating the proposal and was nervous to get the shot. But then it didn’t happen until the 4th time…all the while I was clueless. He proposed with a single black diamond and we chose my ring together and ended up finding the perfect one while we were there in Portland!
Planning our wedding was definitely A THING. I’ve photographed weddings in KC since 2007, so I was very adamant about having something different and unique. Something I hadn’t seen before, or photographed before. I also wanted the absolute best photographer, which was so hard. I was a big fan of so many of them. We ended up getting married in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado with just his parents and mine. It was mostly stress-free, gorgeous weather, and just a beautiful place to say our vows. We had an amazing, intimate dinner with our parents after overlooking the city lights in Boulder. I don’t regret any of my decisions at all and highly recommend an intimate ceremony to everyone. We did have a reception in KC a few weeks later to celebrate with friends and family which was also a ton of fun; I’m so happy we did that!
Advice from the Bride:
The three biggest things I’d recommend to a bride:
1. When choosing a wedding dress, try to sit down in it before saying ‘yes to the dress’! Two weeks prior to my ceremony, I realized I could not sit in my wedding dress so I panicked and shopped a sample sale at Altar Bridal where I found the perfect dress for the mountains and had to quickly get it altered.
2. Hire an amazing photographer. Put majority of your budget there. It is the only thing you have left from your amazing day. You spend so much time and effort planning it, you don’t want to go with anything less than the best.
3. Hire a videographer! I went back and forth on this for months knowing it isn’t a necessity, but also knew that all I would have left are still photos, so having a video would show another version of the emotions and story from the day. After I got my wedding photos back, I was so looking forward to seeing my video and I do not regret spending the extra! I’ve already watched it more than I should admit. Keera with Gold Hairpin is amazing, professional, and so creative.