Hello! My name is Sarah Botta and I am a Wedding and Portrait Photographer. The feel of a 4x6 image in my hands reliving captured memories is what lead to me falling in love with photography when I was only 6! It wasn’t until after I got married in 2013, I turned my love for photography into a business. My style is romantic, elegant, classic portraits full of beautiful light. When I’m not photographing anything you can find me enjoying a cup of coffee either from a local coffee shoppe or on the couch with my husband and daughter, exploring the great outdoors, swimming or skiing. I’m known for smiling a lot, being adventurous, enjoying and adapting to any situation. I adore working with adventurous, head-over-heels in love couples and can’t wait to tell your story.
On my blog I share my recent work, wedding planning tips, as well as stories from my latest travels and adventures.
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Congratulations! You’re engaged. Whether you’ve waited for this moment for months, years and years, or it was a complete shock, here are a few important things you should do once you’re engaged. These things don’t necessarily need to be done in a specific order; however, they are important things to do once you’re engaged.
1. Enjoy the Moment. The next few months and maybe even the next year or two will be filled with wedding decisions. We live in such a hyper-connected world you may want to immediately post your exciting news on Instastory! Take a day or two and enjoy the moment and be sure to tell your friends and family before posting on social media.
2. Insurance. This definitely isn’t the most glamorous topic but you want to make sure to get your ring insured. Ring companies will often offer insurance with the ring purchase just make sure you have insurance and understand what it covers. I’ve personally used my ring insurance when my main diamond became loose!!
3. Manicure. Chances are your nails aren’t perfectly manicured, unless you had a hunch that he was going to pop the question. Now that you’re engaged, you’re going to shout it from the rooftops and the first things people are going to ask is to see your ring! Make sure those nails are clean!
4. Budget. It’s good to talk to your fiance and your parents, if they are footing the bill, about your wedding budget. Make sure you do some research on the average cost for venues and vendors in your area so you can get a realistic idea of how much you will spend and stick to your budget while planning.
5. Wedding Date. Choosing a date can be hard based off of your school/ work schedules, the time of year, and if you have family coming from out of town. There is a lot that can go into planning a wedding date. Once you have both chosen a few possible wedding dates you’ll want to begin looking at venues.
6. Venue. Popular wedding venues book up fast! When my sister got engaged in July of 2015, there were only two available wedding dates for the whole next year!! If you’ve already been eyeing a few venues, schedule an appointment to view those venues asap so you can lock in your date.
7. Vendors. Congratulations! You now have your date and venue booked and you’re ready to looking at vendors. Let the fun begin!! From your budget you should know how much you’ve set aside for your wedding vendors. You have to think about your caterer, cake, florist, photographer, videographer, DJ, anything you need to rent for decor if your venue doesn’t supply this, transportation to leave your reception, and of course, your dress!
For a list of my preferred vendors, CLICK HERE.
Truth be told, for my own wedding I had a very strict budget. I was blessed with a free outdoor venue, a gifted honeymoon, and a lot of help from family and friends. I splurged, as much as I could, on the two things I really wanted at my wedding. #1 a great photographer so I could remember our wedding day and relive those amazing feelings over and over and #2 some really great cupcakes!!
I hope this was helpful and gets you excited about planning your wedding.
For more wedding planning tips, CLICK HERE.
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Sarah Botta is a Northern Virginia based wedding photographer whose work can be described as organic, natural, and timeless. Sarah specializes in capturing people’s stories and building connections with each client to help tell their story.
Sarah has photographed over 30 weddings across Virginia and Maryland from rustic barn ceremonies to elaborate golf course receptions. Her natural timeless style shines brightest with outdoor locations. Sarah is available for travel and is passport ready.
April 11, 2018