wedding wednesday no. 6 // choosing our wedding photographer

It’s safe to say that over the past seven weeks (but who’s counting) of being fiancés, Andrew and I have made a ton of great progress in terms of wedding planning. This I attribute to my incredible go-getter of a mother and my wonderful wedding planner. We made it our goal to get movin’ right from the start so we could really enjoy this season instead of being stressed out by it!

Thanks to this mentality, we have quite a few big decisions and vendors already decided upon and cemented. I hinted at this in my last wedding planning update, so today I thought it would be fun to finally “reveal” one of the very special vendors we’ve chosen for our big day!

Let me start out by saying this… once we set a date, do you want to know the very first call I made?

My friend John of John Cain Photography.

Friends, meet our wedding photographer!

I’m not teasing when I say John was my first call after setting our date. You see… I have truly admired John’s work for years, and I’ve always dreamed he’d one day photograph my wedding. I feel like such a stalker saying this, but it’s true!

I don’t even remember the first time I came across a wedding he photographed, but I was immediately struck by the timelessness of his work. (If you have time to kill, just take a look through his portfolio to see what I mean!)

No funky filters or distractions… just clear, beautiful, emotion-filled images that tell a story and stand the test of time. Everything I want to feel and see when I look back on photos from our wedding.

So when I learned that our date was the one Saturday in June he was still available, I nearly fainted. I know I keep saying this, but truly…dream. come. true.

My mom and I went in to meet with John a few weeks ago to go over different services and talk through the flow and feel of our wedding day, and if you can’t tell from the iPhone photos I managed to snap while we were there, we truly had the best time. (So sorry if the quality makes your skin crawl, John! :)

If his photography wasn’t beautiful enough, you should see his studio, y’all. Blue and white heaven. Even his branding is perfection. But most importantly, to me at least… he and his team are absolutely genuine, exceedingly kind, and service-oriented in every way. We’ve already been blown away at how professional, prompt and personal everything has been thus far.. and the wedding is still months out!

Needless to say, I am just a wee bit excited to have John be a part of and capture our day. It’s such a relief to know this element of our day is squared away and booked. We feel like we couldn’t be in better hands!

Andrew and I have our engagement photos scheduled with John on November 20th, and I am already excited for y’all to see the results! We decided on the location yesterday, and I think it’s going to be so lovely and perfect. (On that note, would y’all be interested in hearing how I’m putting together our outfits for the shoot?)

So there you have it! Our first real “vendor reveal.” As always, thank y’all so much for taking an interest in this day. It means the absolute world to get to share fun details like this with you!

Now, I’d love to hear about the thing you were most excited to book once you got your date and venues all squared away! (Or the thing you’re most excited about booking when you become a bride!) Photography? Something completely different? I always love hearing what people most prioritized with their wedding!

Love from Texas,


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  1. Annaliese said:

    Ahhh that’s so exciting you have such a great photographer! I have been loving your wedding planning updates. :)

    xoxo A

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  2. Suzy said:

    Gorgeous, sweet Kate! So happy for you and Andrew! Bob and I got to meet his mom at Baylor last weekend and we had a little Kate fan club meeting! xoxo

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  3. Carol said:

    Well, it was the cake. Choclate rasberry! It was one of the best choices, next to the husband, I made for that day!

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  4. Raven said:

    Yes yes yes to hearing about outfits for engagement photos! :)

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  5. Carly said:

    Would love to see how you put together outfits for the engagement shoot!!

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  6. Hannah said:

    Upon getting engaged in July the first vendor I also booked was my photographer! I knew exactly who I wanted and I was over joyed to be able to book her!! I would love to hear about how you are putting together outfits for your engagement photos! :)

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  7. Katie said:

    Would love to hear how you put together outfits for the engagement shoot!

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  8. Melissa Barker said:

    Our wedding anniversary is November 20th! It is a special day for us, hope it is a special day for you and Andrew as well!

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  9. Erynn said:

    Yes!! Want to hear all about engagement photo outfits and planning!! Cannot wait to see more!!

    As for me, all the details are important and just a special, even the little ones!

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  10. Ashley said:

    Please share a post on how to decide on outfits for engagement photos!!!

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  11. Harley said:

    yayyy!! Would love to see and hear about yalls outfits for the engagement shoot!

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  12. Kayla Michelle Pelletier said:

    Venue was HANDS DOWN number one. I wanted to go with crystal bridges in Bentonville, AR but when I found out the sticker price, I had to get back to the drawing board. Photographer and flowers were next, I wish I had spent more time on food— my caterer was a disaster.

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  13. Loren said:

    I would love a post on engagement picture outfits!

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