Earlier this summer I decided to strap my newborn in the ring sling and head on over to Arcadia Ales where the Kalamazoo Chapter of the Rising Tide Society was gathering. I almost didn't go because getting a two month old out the door on a sticky summer day isn't my idea of fun, but I love the energy that flows when you get together with other creatives, and I needed a night away from the house, so off I went.
What's Rising Tide Society, you might be wondering? It's this passionate group of creatives who get together to support eachother, share creative and entrepreneurial knowledge, and purposely choose community over competition. It's not a networking meeting -- it's a creative gathering. I've now attended two meetings, and both times I left feeling ready to take on the world... or atleast write a blog post for the first time in ages. Like this one. ;)
I often get asked if I photograph weddings, and while I still occasionally take a small, backyard wedding, or assist other wedding photographers, these days I mainly focus on families, maternity, and newborns. But I still like to give those who inquire a list of awesome names they can look into... vendors who have proven to be trustworthy, provide quality over quantity, and stand by their work.
I'm lucky enough to call each one of the following names a friend since I've gotten to know them through Rising Tide Society, social media, or working alongside them. I've even been lucky enough to talk over coffee with a few of them, and I can tell you, these are stellar individuals who are passionate about their work. Most importantly though? They each communicate well. With you AND with other vendors. That's HUGE. That might be one of the most important things when it comes to choosing your vendor dream team.
So here's who I recommend for photography, videography, wedding planning & floral arrangements, DJ, and planning your honeymoon.
Wedding Planning + Floral Arrangements
Anna Thelen, Dream Come True Vacations
Specialize in: Family, Romance (Wedding/Honeymoon & Anniversary), & Multi-Generational Travel. Knowledgeable in: Domestic, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, All Inclusives, Cruising, River Cruising.
So there you have it - my top recommendations. If you have any questions after looking over this list or want to hear deeper thoughts on the 'why', please contact me - I'm happy to answer questions. (Examples might be: WHY is a DJ so important? Because without a good DJ, your reception will not run smoothly! or WHY should you have a Videographer & Photographer who communicate well with eachother? Because they'll be working side by side ALL day and you don't want these two vendors working against eachother. Promise.) So reach out! I'm here to help.
Happy wedding planning!