No, not the usual B.F.D., although last weekend’s Bridal Fashion Debut was a pretty big fucking deal.
On Sunday, Kim and I took our moms to the Arizona Bridal Expo to see all things wedding. It was a big day, and I ended up with roughly a fifteen pound bag after four or five hours of walking around. Among these things numbered cards, pamphlets, brochures and other such material from 76 – yes 76 – photographers. And that’s not including the half dozen photobooths and countless other vendors I said ‘hi’ to.
Highlights: Got a lot of contacts like woah – we saw quite a few pretty places and talented photographers that should give us a good starting-off point. Despite seeing some neat venues, Kim and I are still leaning towards a particular location – more word on that later. Also, I saw Taylor! She is my wonderful photographer-friend whom I hadn’t seen in the better part of a year, so that was nice. Also also I think I was entered in at least few score sweepstakes and drawings for things from coupons to engagement photo sessions.
Lowlights: That “lot of contacts like woah” statement means we have to sift through 80-odd photography companies and however many other vendors. In addition to Taylor, I got a hug from another photographer – a woman who claimed she knew me and put me in a place of utter confusion. (Can’t pick her for the wedding!)
Overall it was a lot of fun. We just have to take the piles of papers and cards and sift them into something manageable. We’re hoping to get a few more appointments/visits set up and attended to before we get into the thick of things at school. Got to get moving!