An Introverts Guide to a Comfortable Wedding Day

Oh my fellow introverts. I feel you and I recognize you. I know you are so excited about your wedding but those feelings of exhaustion are already creeping up on you aren’t they? I mean a whole day surrounded by people, the centre of attention, everyone staring at you, having to talk in front of people. It makes you want to crawl up and become a blanket burrito doesn’t it.

Trust me I get it. I describe myself as a not shy introvert. I can bring it if I need to but Im going to be exhausted by too much human interaction. Don’t worry! There are a ton of ways to soothe your introverted soul and make sure that your wedding is organized to maximize your enjoyment. I am here to help with that.

One | Be honest with yourself, your partner, your family and your vendors about what your needs are and what you can realistically handle. You don’t have to have a wedding like everyone else. Letting your vendors know your limits allows them to cater to you in the best way possible. I know what its like to be introverted. We can break your photo times up so you don’t get overwhelmed or I can make sure that we get you away from the crowds for your photos.

Two | Plan buffer time in your timeline and organize breaks for your mental well being. It is really stressful and overwhelming to rush from one part of the day to the next. Talk about anxiety inducing. Talk to your planer and photographer about how to schedule in small breaks to get away from people and take a moment to breathe.

Three | Consider a first look to assuage any nerves. First looks are a great way to take a breather and be with your love before having to interact with all your guests. I know how much you love your guests but time to yourself is not something to apologize for. It may also allow you to be more vulnerable which will result in truly precious photos.

Four | You don’t have to make a long winded speech. It is always nice to thank the people who are a part of your life and your wedding journey but there are a lot of ways to do that. Your friends and family know you and know if speeches make you break out in a cold sweat. Lean on your partner if this is a strong suit for them. Or write out your thoughts on a printed card that can be left at each seat. Your guests can read your sentiments and have it with them as a lovely token of your appreciation. Or pre record your thoughts and play it on a screen on the day of. Your wedding your way.

Five | Plan the wedding you want to have. You don’t have to dance in front of everyone if you don’t want to. You don’t have to sit separately at a sweetheart table, you don’t have to have a receiving line. You can set up your ceremony any way you want or even get the legalities out of the way in advance and have no ceremony and just a reception. Rock it your way.

In the end being introverted is a part of who you are and your wedding is a reflection of who you are. Your wedding should not be something you dread but something that celebrates your love story. Whatever that looks like.

Introvert guide to weddings

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer 

Pam and Robin | Road Trip Engagement

I am back on the blogging train! Wedding season can be crazy but you know what makes it entirely 100% beyond worth it! Amazing couples like Pam and Robin. These two are just the sweetest. I never blogged their engagement session and I mean why not? They had the sweetest idea for their session. Something I always tell all my couples is that your engagement session will feel more personal and more comfortable if you choose an aspect that speaks to you and your relationship. With this in mind, Pam and Robin really wanted to incorporate their car into their session. 

They often went on drives together, hung out and ordered take out to eat in their car. When I heard that I LOVED it. There is nothing more real than that. So we headed off to Frenchman's Bay in Pickering to capture some really fun memories. You can really tell through their photos that this is exactly who they are. The two of them loving life together. It was a dream to photograph their love. 

Their wedding was also beyond amazing by the way. Check it out HERE

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer 

Zehra and Aasif | Osgoode Hall Engagement

I have never shot an engagement session like this one before. Zehra and Aasif assured me that they were awkward in front of the camera. So many people say this and I have yet to experience that. They were pure naturals. So in love and dancing around Osgoode Hall like a couple of kids. 

Little did I know that Aasif had a little surprise up his sleeve for Zehra. When Aasif had originally proposed, Zehra was just about to leave for Pakistan. He so badly wanted to be engaged before she left. So he gave her a promise ring with the additional promise that an engagement ring was coming. During their session I was told that Aasif wanted  a photo pretending to propose. Little did I or Zehra know, he would pull out that promised engagement ring and present it to her. These are real photos of her surprise! I LOVE IT! 

This shoot was something special and I am so excited for their wedding which is just around the corner. Congratulations Zehra and Aasif. 

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer

Heirloom

One of my favourite things to do is rifle through my parent's photo collection. They have boxes of photos all organized by the year. We pull each photo out and hold it in our hands and talk about the memories being held in ink and paper. Back in the day printing your photos was the only option. And because of that everyone has photos that they can pass down and preserve for future generations to see and enjoy. 

The current generation is the most photographed of all time! We can whip out our phones and take a million photos but the truth is what happens to those photos? If they are not printed then they are lost. Printing your memories makes them tangible and solidifies their existence. What I want for my couples is to have their wedding memories be a part of their family for generations to come! Your wedding was a once in a lifetime event and the photos depicting that deserve more than to sit on your computer. With the ever evolving state of technology it is vital, now more than ever, to make sure your wedding photos exist in a format that won't turn obsolete. 

I want to offer you heirloom products that will last the test of time. One day you and your grandkids can sit around on the sofa and flip through your album and it will spark memories of moments that defined who you turned out to be. 

Choose an heirloom custom album to preserve your images. These are gorgeous flushmount albums with thick lay flat pages. The pages are buttery soft and when cared for properly will last and last. You will choose the images you want in your album that tell the story of your wedding day. Order the size you would like and have full control over the cover fabric and colour. You can even choose smaller sizes for your parents. 

Another option is to choose a photo keepsake box. They come with 25 4x6 prints of your choosing. These are beautiful, high quality prints with a soft matte finish. 

Book a consult with me to come and see these items in person. Nothing compares to being able to hold them and feel the quality for yourself. Let's bring your memories to life.  

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer

Christine and Garrett | Portage Inn Huntsville Wedding

I have been so excited to share this particular wedding. Once you see it you will understand. Everything about Christine and Garrett's wedding at the Portage Inn in Muskoka was a total dream! Christine and Garrett first contacted me by sending me the best and longest inquiry email I've ever gotten that made me beam from ear to ear. It felt right away as if I already knew them. 

The first time they met was at a party. They were both on a semester abroad in Western France. She was Canadian, he American. Her first impression of him wasn't great. She totally thought he was the frat boy type. However, it wasn't until after they left to head home that they started to chat online and after a stint in Asia for her she stopped in his hometown of SanFrancisco on the way home and the rest as they say is history. 

Christine and Garrett knew that they wanted the focus of their wedding to be on their friends and family, so they chose a small intimate wedding in one of the most beautiful settings they could have possibly chosen. I mean will you take a look at those views! 

Speaking of family. Garrett and Christine have the most beautiful little bird named Levi. Having him be a part of their day was so important to them. He hung out with Christine while she got ready and was all too happy to participate in photos. Christine and Garrett, I couldn't have had a more fabulous time at your wedding and I wish you an infinity years of intense happiness. 

Flowers | Seasons in the Country 

Venue | Portage Inn

Dress | Morilee

Bridesmaid Dresses | Renz Rags

Grooms Attire | London Bespoke Club 

Catering | Cakewalk Catering

Rentals | Muskoka Party Rentals 

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer

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