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Pinterest & Planning your Wedding || Be Unique & Original

I'm going to sound old here... but when I got engaged, Pinterest didn't exist yet! Overall, I this was a good thing for me, as I was able to pull some inspiration from wedding magazines, and truly make my wedding my own, all without breaking my budget (Michael was so proud)! Pinterest is a great tool for inspiration, but it's really easy to take it too far and plan your entire wedding based off everything you see on it! I just want to encourage you to make sure you're telling your own love story, and planning a wedding that's as unique as you and your fiance'.  

The first few weeks after getting engaged can seem so overwhelming. There are SO many decisions to make- from what flowers to choose, what colors should your bridesmaids wear, to what venue you want to book! Pinterest truly can be a great starting place for ideas to help you find a sense of direction. However, you should use it with caution because it can quickly overwhelm you with ideas and photos that are just a form of 'click bait,' are not feasible, and most importantly not a true representative of you.     

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-A lot of the wedding images you see on Pinterest are from Styled Shoots, which is where a photographer will plan a fake wedding, rent or borrow dresses, hire models, and have cakes and florals made and photograph them. Styled shoots pull together the talents and creativity of all the different wedding vendors and are so fun to shoot (I've done several- and all the photos from this post are from one!) However, while the photos are gorgeous, this does not always reflect a real wedding day, because you probably are not a model, and because they are bypassing the timelines, families, and stress of a wedding day.  

-For the photos that do come from a real wedding, you are mostly seeing only a handful of photos from their entire wedding day. Chances are, you're only seeing the best of the wedding photos. People are pinning the best 1-2 images out of hundreds from their day! When you see only the best, your expectations are going to be set really high, and you may be disappointed that not every single picture is one that you're going to hang on the walls. Keep in mind that in order to get some of those photos, you will have to have a timeline with a lot of "extra" time built in! (See my post on creating timelines here!) 

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-Pinterest goes through trends of what's most popular right now, and if you're copying everything from Pinterest, your wedding is going to look the exact same as hundreds of other brides that are planning their weddings this year! Before you start looking at Pinterest, talk with your fiancé and choose a feel for your day- do you want something rustic, something classic, something modern? Choose some color schemes that you like, and then search for those specifics on Pinterest! 

-I learned this one the hard way... but everyone has different levels of creativity and abilities.  I would see these awesome DIY house projects and then try to recreate it on my own. I just don't have the time or the follow-through to do what it takes to build these amazing things.  Know when you see something online, it's never going to be quite that easy! And you shouldn't feel guilty that you didn't hand-make all of your reception details! 

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-Lastly, and most importantly, sending your vendors a bunch of Pinterest links and a list of 'must have' photos can make it really difficult for your vendors to do their job on your wedding day! When I have a long list of photos I need to take, I'm not able to capture the candid moments that are actually happening throughout your day that will be the real memories you cherish.  When interviewing your vendors, hire a professional that you can fully trust, so you aren't stressed out on your wedding day.  

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Your wedding should be a reflection on you, your fiancé, and your relationship! Just remember to choose what you like, and not just what you see on Pinterest! 


Ashley Eiban is a Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Central Virginia. Serving Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Bedford, Farmville, Richmond, Roanoke and surrounding areas.  Available for travel world-wide.  

Ashley is passionate about connecting and encouraging couples so they are free to enjoy the wedding day! Learn more about her approach here!  Currently booking a limited number of weddings for 2016 & 2017.  Contact us today for additional information! 

Eric & Mary Ann's Anniversary Session || Lynchburg, VA Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Happy Monday!! It's a gorgeous day and I've got the most perfect pink and white peonies sitting on my desk from the sweetest girl! I'm so excited about this session- we had so much fun, and I truly think EVERY couple should do an anniversary session every few years!! The way you interact, change, and grow all differs the longer you've been married, and it's so nice to have images that document that!! 

Eric & Mary Ann drove up from Roanoke, Virginia and met me in the Forest, VA area for a fun, sunny, spring anniversary session! They were so cute together! I love how easy my couples make my job!! 


Ashley Eiban is a Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Central Virginia. Serving Lynchburg, Richmond, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Farmville, and surrounding areas.  Available for travel world-wide. Currently booking weddings and portraits for 2016 and 2017.  Contact us today for additional information! 

Chancey Family || Lynchburg, VA Photographer

This session holds such a special place in my heart. I first met Dave & Rachael a few years ago, when they hired me to do their engagement photos. From there, a friendship quickly formed and I was able to capture their wedding photos, their maternity photos, and now their photos as a family of three!! 

Baby Charlie is seriously a dream, and I may have spent half of their session snuggling up with him and smelling his delicious baby smell!! hah. He was such a sweet lil guy during our session, he was exhausted but goodness those sweet dreamy photos!! It is SERIOUSLY such an honor to have these families invest in my business time and time again. I love being able to celebrate all these amazing moments! 



A Very Happy Easter || Lynchburg, VA Photographer

You guys. Raising a 4 year old is no joke. She is constantly keeping us on our toes, making us laugh, is super emotional, and pushing boundaries.  But, it's seriously so fun. To see her learning, growing and goodness, the things she says is always cracking us up! 

Em was so excited for Easter- and we were so excited to be able to participate in her egg hunt at school this year! She was thrilled when she realized that there was candy in some of those eggs! 


Saturday night, she left out a plate of carrots for the Easter Bunny.  She wanted to give him more, but didn't know what he liked. So, she asked me to leave him a note so she would know for next time.  Girl can talk! and goodness my hand was hurting SO bad by the end of it! Tell me this isn't the cutest letter you've ever read! haha

Em was so excited that the Easter Bunny left her treats and hid some eggs around the house for her! He even gave her some books without words so she could read them all by herself! 

I want to hear about your Easter weekend! Did you get in any good family time? Have an egg hunt, eat your weight in chocolate? hah. 



Ashley Eiban is a Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Lynchburg, Virginia. Serving Central Virginia and surrounding ideas, and available for travel world-wide.  Contact us today for additional information! 

Weekend Update: A Trip to Lynchburg Humane Society || Lynchburg, VA Photographer

Em had a few days off for a mini-spring break, and I had the best time spending all day with her!! One of the things that we did together was volunteer at the Lynchburg Humane Society! I got some photos of some of the sweetest animals, and we got to love on some sad puppies.  I swear, I need to buy a farm and adopt all these dogs! But... I already asked Michael, and no more animals in the house for us right now... so please, someone go adopt these animals!! 


Ashley Eiban is a Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Lynchburg, Virginia- but available for travel world-wide.  Contact us today for more information!