When your Wedding Budget Makes You Cry
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Can I be real with you for a second? I am starting to look at how much it would cost to have a wedding of my own. I’m a believer in being prepared financially for one of the most important events of my life.

As an entrepreneur and somebody who loves the industry and serving brides through photography, I want to not only have a beautiful event, but also pay vendors what they are worth. As I sat down and budgeted everything out, I started to become overwhelmed. It’s really hard to think about having the wedding of your dreams when prices are constantly increasing year-by-year and needing to pay for everything out of pocket in addition to having a goal of buying a house in the next year.

It’s really hard to think about how to bring a celebration to fruition and making sure that you don’t offend loved ones by leaving them out. I started wondering how I was going to be able to feed guests and hire vendors to ensure that my family and friends can enjoy the day and relax. I think that I finally started to understand a little bit more of what brides have to walk through and I’ll be honest I cried a little bit. 

Last night I was talking to my mom a little bit more about what’s been on my mind, and she said exactly what I needed to hear and I’m so thankful for her:

“Please don’t let this time of your life the one where you look back and see that you’ve been so anxious about a good thing. A good thing you can change. There are so many other circumstances that could happen that no money in the world can fix and this is an event that could easily be fixed no matter when it takes place, and with just a little bit of money. Remember that it is far better to get married at the right time, rather than for the right price. Please don’t rush if you don’t have to. I know you’re anxious about how you can afford this with increasing prices, but I promise that being set back a few thousand dollars extra is such a small blip in the grand scheme of things. I wish that your dad and I were in a position to give you money for the wedding of your dreams, but remember everything will be ok. Remember that the end goal of this all is to be with the man of your dreams, sweet girl.”

Hannah Forsberg
Charles & Becca | Preacher's Rock Proposal

Charles has been a long time friend of mine and attends the same church as I do. About two years ago, Becca came to our church college group where she met Charles and the two began dating this past year. The rest, is history. 

Last week, Charles reached out and told me about his plan to propose to Becca, asking me to come along and document it. It didn’t even more than a moment to reply “YES YES YES”. Charles had the idea to hike up to Preacher’s Rock with Becca a few days before Christmas, which is a segment off of the Appalachian Mountain Trail. It is about 2 hours from Atlanta and is located right next to Dahlonega and Helen, which are popular wedding venue locations because of the mountains. This particular summit also happens to be one of Becca’s favorites and is an easy 2-mile hike round trip. The rock is positioned perfectly positioned facing towards the East and overlooks a valley which is still green this time of year, making it a breathtaking location to watch the sunrise. You’ll be able to see how beautifully the light dances with the trees and how pink and glow-y everything is at dawn in the photos below. 

Charles said that he had found Becca’s ring earlier than he initially thought and since both are leaving town for Christmas tomorrow, the two had already planned their own Christmas celebration together: hiking, playing Christmas carols, eating breakfast together, and opening presents at the top of the mountain right at sunrise. The time together would already be romantic and would be the perfect occasion and setting to propose What wasn’t planned, though, was the snow that morning. And boy oh boy, did it help make this day even more magical. That morning, the two arrived in the parking lot at dawn as the snow fell and the two walked up the mountain together, gifts in hand, along with firewood, fur blankets, cushions, and even a Christmas tree. From there, the two exchanged gifts, drank a holiday mix, and then, Charles had Becca stand up and read a letter. As she was reading the letter, Charles then got down on one knee.

These two have such a sweet love for each other and so often share the sweetest laughs together. It’s so obvious how beautifully these two care for the other and complement one another, never taking life or themselves too seriously. Being a part of this day and trusted to capture this season of life for these two is something that I will never take for granted, and I’m so excited to see what is in store for the future Mr. and Mrs. Page! 

Hannah Forsberg