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Affirmations To Avoid Stress and Find Calm on Your Wedding Day

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Affirmations To Avoid Stress and Find Calm on Your Wedding Day

Stress is the #1 uninvited guest to a wedding day. After months of planning and gathering order, even the best of us might find nerves and stress creeping into our day of celebration. Through meditation with Black Mom's Guide to Calm, I've learned to acknowledge the distracting thoughts, let them go, then return focus to what matters most.

Try this practice when you find yourself becoming overwhelmed on your wedding day, whether you're dealing with overbearing family members, stressing over the timeline, or trying to keep your heart inside your chest from sheer nerves. I've compiled a list of positive affirmations to avoid stress and help you find calm on your wedding day.

Enjoy!

I only attract good vibrations on my special day.

The power of love will make my day perfect.

I trust my vendors will be at their best.

-- A Sunrise Media Group

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I inhale peace and exhale overwhelm.

I focus on the thoughts that bring me peace and joy.

I let my worries go so I can be here for the beauty that surrounds me now.

-- Black Mom's Guide to Calm

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All I need to do right now is breathe.

My need to feel calm is being fully met.

I discover peace in those around me and respond to them with peace.

-- Spirituality Health

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I am relaxed and full of energy and inner strength under all circumstances.

All unnecessary thoughts are leaving my mind now, letting me experience inner peace.

All worries and anxieties are leaving my mind, making space for calmness and peace.

-- Look Within You

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All is well. Right here. Right now.

I connect with the comforting silence of my Soul.

I radiate peace and love to others, helping them to be in a state of peace and love.

-- Spirit Voyage

Looking for an easy-going photographer who will help you keep your cool on your wedding day? Contact me today to check if your wedding date is available!

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Renee & Brandon's Vow Renewal PART 2 | Columbia, SC Wedding Photographer

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Renee & Brandon's Vow Renewal PART 2 | Columbia, SC Wedding Photographer

The week before my 26th birthday, I was gifted a film camera by a work friend who had officially moved on to digital and no longer had an interest in film photography. How timely this gift was. The following images are shot that same camera, a Canon Elan 7 using consumer-grade film, Fujifilm Superia 400H. This was my first time shooting film for a client, but Brandon and Renee's intimate backyard vow renewal provided the best details to do it. 

Scans by The FIND Lab.

Love Brandon and Renee's vow renewal photos? Let them know in the comments below.

If you or a friend are in need of a photographer for your engagement, wedding, proposal, or vow renewal, feel free to share with me! Contact me at info@latoyadixon.com.

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Greenville SC Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
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Greenville SC Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Greenville SC Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
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Greenville SC Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Greenville SC Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
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Renee & Brandon's Vow Renewal | Columbia SC Wedding Photographer

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Renee & Brandon's Vow Renewal | Columbia SC Wedding Photographer

Renee and Brandon are celebrating 10 years of marriage. When I spoke with Renee months before the date they'd scheduled to have their relatives and closest friends join them, she made it very clear what the day was to consist of. She wasn't too concerned about micromanaging the day to be as perfect as it could be (a bridezilla, she was not).  Renee reiterated that she wanted to just celebrate and capture the essence of what her marriage with Brandon represented--true love, as described in 1 Corinthians 13 (And yes, we had our own little devotional together over the phone)!

In their 10 years of marriage, they've grown personally, spiritually, journeyed through business together, and best of all, created 3 beautiful children.  In fact, this was one request that Renee was adamant about--she definitely wanted a photo of her family, as a milestone of all the special moments they've shared together, whether ups or downs.

Renee & Brandon's vow renewal ceremony took place in Blythewood, SC, just north of Columbia, at their beautiful family home.  Brandon's mother took care of the decor, the front and back yards dressed perfectly for a beautiful spring day.  During the ceremony, Brandon and Renee exchanged the most heartfelt vows, partook in Communion together, and embraced each other in celebration of a decade of friendship, loyalty, and love.

Thank you Brandon & Renee for allowing me to join you on your day to do what I enjoy most. 

Special thank you to Quamecia Barr-Thomas of QBT Photography for joining me as my second shooter for this ceremony. 

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What I Said I Wouldn't Do | Latoya Dixon Photography

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What I Said I Wouldn't Do | Latoya Dixon Photography

I said I wouldn't do it.  But I did.  I didn't even have plans to even consider it. But I did.  I made a choice, even made a public declaration of what I said I wouldn't do.  But I did.

A few months ago, after seeing a Facebook post made by another photographer who'd run away from the wedding industry, I too dismissed the notion that I would ever even consider or entertain the fact of one day becoming a wedding photographer.  It's hard work. It's stressful.  You can run into Bridezillas.  Having to get clients to agree on what goes in their album afterwards can be a nightmare.   Yes, while all if that may be true, these statements, made with resistance, are nothing but excuses. You cannot be a failure at something you haven't tried enough times to fail at.

I have second shot at two (and a half) weddings, all entirely different experiences (and one may have been the reason I was deterred initially).  I was fortunate enough to accompany my friend and fellow photograpHER, Stacey Smith of Smitn Photography at a local wedding in Simpsonville, SC at the Events at Sapphire Creek.  Stacey thoroughly prepared me going into the day by providing an order of events, list of names of wedding party, a pictorial guide of suggested poses...I mean, she really set the expectations very clearly.  With her as my lead, the afternoon went as smooth as could possibly go with the typical delays of waiting for key people to arrive for group pictures.  After the wedding, I was convinced that TEAMWORK truly makes the dream work. Working with Stacey was great; she was confident, assertive, fun to work with, and never left me feeling lost at any point.

But I said I would never shoot a wedding. Tuh.

A few weeks later, one of my sorority sisters from college, who was also engaged, reached out to me and asked me the inevitable, "will you be our wedding photographer?"  As a professional, I proceeded to ask her the details of her day, how much coverage she'd be needing, her style, etc.  As a SISTER, I knew I couldn't say no anyway.  

I had a moment of reflection after we got off the call and had to laugh at myself. I believe in God  & know that He has a comedic way of letting me know that His plans supersede my own.   Going into 2016, my continuous improvement focus will be on wedding photography.  I plan to start small with elopements, vow renewals, and small, intimate weddings. My first one up is March of this year in Blythewood, SC and the next one following, in April in Summerville.  

My goal this upcoming year as I seek new clients for Latoya Dixon Photography is to incorporate my style of genuine and expressive portraiture to the brides and and grooms whose special day I'll capture, focusing on the candid joy and pride from their family members, and creating images that are not only memorable for the occasion, but show genuine expressions of love and happiness.

 

I have to thank SmitN Photography's, Stacey Smith, for allowing me to work with her during this wedding. It was a wonderful bonding experience, as well as a learning experience. I hope you enjoy these images.

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For vendor information, check out this wedding on Smitn Photography's blog.

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