Wedding Tips | Invest in Your Vendors Wisely

Our wedding tip today is from Cincinnati wedding photographer, Christina, from Function and Flourish. A tip that I’m constantly giving to all brides and grooms is to invest in your vendors wisely. The tip from Christina is no different and I love how it can be applied to any couple planning a wedding. To see more tips from Kentucky and Cincinnati wedding vendors, click here.
“I’m not just saying this because I’m a wedding photographer but because I truly believe that you get what you pay for. You want to be confident in who you hire to orchestrate your wedding day. I’ve actually had a bride reach out for a 1 year anniversary session to put her dress on again and expressed that she deeply regretted going cheap. Don’t do that. You only have 1 wedding; make it count! Not everyone is a florist and can do what they can do and know what they know – invest well. Not everyone who has a fun personality can move along a reception smoothly like a professional DJ can – invest well. Not everyone has vision, a big picture mindset, and connections like a wedding planner does (you don’t want your mom stressed to the max on your wedding day!) – invest well.”

Michael and I met five years ago on a random camping trip in Red River Gorge, Kentucky. We have since then gotten married, had two beautiful babies; Gideon and Millicent, and began this amazing wedding photography business known as Function and Flourish. While our roots are growing here in Cincinnati, we are also ready and willing to travel and to capture elopements and weddings essentially anywhere around the world; we long to take in the wonder of what our Creator has made while capturing two lovely souls becoming one.

 We came up with our business name after decorating our first Christmas tree together. Michael put the tree together and then I decorated it; and thus he became “Function” and I became “Flourish”. It’s been the theme throughout our marriage. While we both dabble in making things work well and also making our images look beautiful; we each stay primarily true to our natural roles. We’ve found that we compliment each other best in this way; that Michael is the technical guru while I focus on making things look beautiful.

Together, we invest in our clients and genuinely care about the wedding planning, the wedding day, and the marriage. Our ideal couple values one another first, us and photography second, and everything else after that. They trust us and our expertise throughout the day and with their timeline. It’s evident to everyone that they love each other. They are authentic, tactful, and genuine.


Getting married in Kentucky? Reach out to Roots Floral Design!

Florals and greenery can make your special day stand out in a unique way that you’ll remember for years to come. Whether you already have floral ideas in mind for your wedding or you are hoping to achieve a specific look and feel, reach out to Roots Floral Design for elegant bouquets, ceremony backdrops and more for a truly romantic wedding!

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"Highly recommend Roots Floral Design - absolutely beautiful! I can’t say enough good things about Kaytee and her team. The flowers for our wedding far exceeded our expectations. They were stunning and our guests raved about how beautiful the bouquets and decor were! Kaytee understood our vision and created a beautiful setting for the wedding. Last but not least, Kaytee worked well within our budget and made good recommendations. Thanks Kaytee and team!"

-Megan, Mother of the Bride, Spring 2019 Wedding

Highly recommend Roots Floral Design - absolutely beautiful!

“Kaytee is an absolute GEM! She has so much passion and care for what she does, that you feel like she's a friend more than a vendor. She walks you through each step of the floral process with organization, examples, cost, and detail -- all things that make my detail-oriented heart happy. The end result far exceeded anything we could have hoped for or imagined. ALL. THE. GREENERY. Future brides, run, don't walk to Roots for your wedding. From start to finish, she took care of every single floral need to make our day positively beautiful.”

-Laura, Summer 2019 Wedding


"Kaytee became so much more than a vendor for us. The first time I met her I felt as though I met a long lost friend. She was the very first vendor I chose for the wedding (even before the venue) and she lived up to all my expectations and went above and beyond.  Each time I met with her I felt confident that she completely comprehended my wants and would fashion them into something that looks put together, yet natural. The day-of she silently transformed a bland rustic space into an enchanting, romantic barn. I couldn't have asked for anything more beautiful or unique."

-Grace, Spring 2019 Wedding


"Kaytee was so great to work with!!! I provided her with some floral inspirations from Pinterest and Instagram but gave her a lot of free rein coming up with the flowers for our wedding and she went above and beyond expectations. Our photographer was obsessed with all the bouquets and we got so many great pictures of them! She did such a good job making my smaller budget work to make high impact arrangements. She's also the sweetest person to be around!"

-Bo, Spring 2019 Wedding