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Congratulations! You're engaged!! Now what? || Lynchburg Wedding Photographer

Ahhhh! Friend! Congratulations! I know you're SO excited to have that sparkly ring on your finger! But, I also know you might be a little bit overwhelmed with everything on your new to-do list! Don't stress- I know it might seem like there are a million things to do at once, I totally remember this feeling! I've written out a few steps to help know what's the most important things that HAVE to get done right away, then the rest will fall into place! 

What to do when you get engaged || Lynchburg Wedding Photographer || www.ashleyeiban.com

1- First things first, start narrowing down some dates. If possible, try to have a few options as you start looking at venues to be able to narrow things down.  

2- After you've gotten a few dates in mind, you need to talk budget. Trust me, I know this part is not fun at all, but it's essential to knowing what venues you can look at and which vendors to interview! Knowing if you're parents are going to be helping, if you and your fiance' are paying for it all out of pocket, or if there's an all of the above option, it's important to know and not make assumptions. 

3- Once you have the budget nailed down, start researching some wedding venues. Narrow this down by determining if you want a rustic/barn wedding, a vineyard wedding, a classic estate wedding, to get married in a church, etc. There are a ton of amazing venues in Lynchburg- so do some research online and ask around with your friends! Once you find a venue you love, you'll be able to narrow down the actual wedding date.

What to do when you get engaged || Lynchburg Wedding Photographer || www.ashleyeiban.com

4- Now that you have a budget, start thinking about priorities. In the perfect world, we'd be able to choose the best of everything, but that's not always practical. Decide what's the most important things to you and your fiance' together! For a lot of Brides, these things are photographers & videographers, a venue, dress and florals.  Things that can sometimes take a back burner are the cake, catering, etc.  

5-Start researching other important vendors. Again, use google, ask your friends who they loved, and start your interviewing process. Photographers, Coordinators, Videographers, Caterers all can book up as early as a year and a half in advance or more, so the earlier you can reach out, the better. 

6-Begin working on a guest list. Knowing how many guests you think you'll invite and may attend will be helpful in knowing how much you can spend out of your budget for food and other important things! 

7- Decide who you want in your wedding party! This can sometimes be a really hard decision, but it can be so much fun to have your best friends celebrating with you! Remember to only ask those you're the very closest with- someone you think you'll be friends with forever- who will be there to support you and be so thrilled to be with you and a part of the wedding process! 

8- Go wedding dress shopping! Oh my goodness this part is SO much fun! Invite your Mom and a best friend or two and start playing dress up! Make it a fun day by grabbing brunch together and some celebratory mimosas! Try on lots of styles before deciding- and once you've found the one, stop looking! 

9- Relax! I won't be the first person to tell you- but this time will seriously FLY by! Don't let the stress and the to-do's get to you! Be sure to schedule some alone time with your hubby-to-be for a date night, with the wedding planning topics off limits! 

What to do when you get engaged || Lynchburg Wedding Photographer || www.ashleyeiban.com

Congratulations again! I'm so very excited for you & I would absolutely love to talk with you about your wedding day plans & what you're looking for in a photographer! Contact me today to chat! 

Lynchburg and Charlottesville Wedding and Portrait Photographer || www.ashleyeiban.com

Ashley Eiban is a Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Central Virginia. Serving the Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, and surrounding areas. Available for travel world-wide.  Ashley is passionate about cultivating genuine relationships built on mutual understanding, trust and lasting friendship.  

Currently booking a limited number of wedding and portrait sessions for 2018.  Contact Ashley today for additional information! 

Virginia Beach Engagement Session || Sam & Larissa's Back Bay Engagement

I can't believe how gorgeous these end of August evenings have been lately! We should all know by now, I loooooove summer time. The pool days, the sunshine, ice cream, waking up late. But, there's something about the end of the season where the humidity leaves the air, and things cool down just a little bit.  We had this perfect evening for Sam & Larissa's engagement session! There were even a few times where I felt a little chilly down by the ocean front! 

Sam & Larissa had such a great idea to do their session at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.   Even after growing up in the Virginia Beach area, I had never actually visited the Back Bay refuge. I loved it here! It's in a remote, tucked away area, the views are gorgeous, and you can actually see the ocean and the bay at the same time.  We had such a blast exploring and taking in the beautiful scenes! It really was the perfect spot for their engagement session! Sam & Larissa are getting married next year at the Wintergreen Resort and I cannot wait!! 

Ashley Eiban is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Central Virginia. Serving Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Farmville, Richmond, Roanoke, and surrounding areas. Currently booking a limited number of weddings and portrait sessions for 2017 and 2018.  Available for travel world-wide.  

Ashley is passionate about capturing moments as they authentically happen to ensure a successful session that gives you time to enjoy each other and savor the wedding day moments.  Contact me today for additional information! 

Summer Sweet Briar Engagement Session || Lynchburg, VA Wedding and Portrait Photographer

You guys. I'm not even a little bit ashamed to say that I almost stole a puppy.  You can't even blame me- he's just SO cute! And you forget about the hectic puppy stage when they are looking at you with their sweet eyes and are all cute and fluffy!! I was so excited when Austin & Caitlin decided to bring their new pup along for their engagement session at Sweet Briar College in Lynchburg, Virginia! 

Austin & Caitlin are serious troopers for surviving the August heat for their engagement session! We wrapped up just in time for a crazy storm to hit town, thank goodness! Caitlin actually went to Sweet Briar so it was so fun to hear about her favorite things to do there, awesome little spots around the campus, etc! These two are so sweet, I can't wait for their wedding later this year!! 

Charlottesville and Lynchburg Virginia Wedding and portrait photographer || Ashley Eiban Photography || www.ashleyeiban.com

Ashley Eiban is a wedding & portrait photographer based in Central Virginia.  Serving Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Farmville, Richmond, Roanoke, Hampton Roads, and surrounding areas.  Available for travel world-wide!

Ashley is passionate about creating genuine relationships with her couples. Relationships built on mutual understanding, trust, and lasting friendship! Currently booking a limited number of weddings and portrait sessions for 2016 and 2017. Contact me today for additional information! 

Charlie & Emily Engagement: Lynchburg, VA Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Ugh is anyone else just going absolutely crazy with all this rain?! I mean, don't get me wrong, there's nothing like a good, lazy day snuggling under your warm comfy blankets, drinking coffee and catching up on The Bachelor all day long!! But, let's face it... when you're an adult, it's pretty rare that you get to have days like that. And when you have a 4 year old that will only entertain herself for so long before she wants something to eat, days like that pretty much never happen! haha! 

The Lynchburg weather is always crazy this time of year, 60 degrees one day, snowing the next.  The first time we tried to get together for Charlie & Emily's engagement photos, we got snowed out. Then it snowed the beginning of this week, but everything warmed up a bit and luckily it was a beautiful day... just a little soggy & muddy out.  

These two are complete naturals in front of the camera. They are SO adorable- I would direct them into a general pose and they would snuggle up, and I wouldn't have to tell them to do anything differently, they just would! I love when couples are so happy, they radiate and can laugh with each other and you can tell by being around these two for any amount of time that they are so in love! They are getting married in March and I cannot wait!!! 



Ashley Eiban is a Wedding & Portrait Photographer in Central Virginia- serving Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Winchester, Sunset Beach, Roanoke, and surrounding areas.  Ashley Eiban Photography is currently booking for 2016 and 2017 weddings.  Contact us today for additional information!