I’m Caitlyn Nikula (Nic-YOU-luh) - for those who are curious how the heck to pronounce my last name. The only reason why I took my husband’s last name is because it was WAY coola (get it?) than my previous one (sorry pops).
Yes. This is long. But it is important to consider.
You’re most likely here because you’re in search for your wedding photographer - I mean, obviously. I am hoping the planning process hasn’t been TOO stressful for you. (My advice: drink a lot of wine and stuff your face with tacos - worked for me.)
Marriage. It’s pretty remarkable isn’t it?
You’ve been together long enough to realize, love is not effortless. Not all the time anyway. It’s work. Hard. Work. You’ve been through it all. We all have our own journeys - some harder than others. And this is okay. It may not have been love at first sight for you, or maybe it totally was. Be proud of your story. You’re engaged, and I can guarantee it took a lot of sweat, some tears, lots of kisses and long embraces to get here (and maybe a few tequila shots…). I’m married. I know about the hardships. Getting through that is what MAKES love perfectly imperfect in it’s own way. Some of you may have gone through things like long distance, some of you may have known right away that you wanted to marry each other, and some of you have been together for almost a decade. And THIS is why I LOVE capturing weddings. Each one, so unique in their own nature.
I believe in love. I believe in marriage. I ROOT for the ever so cliche “can’t breathe, can’t eat, can’t think, ridiculous" kind of love. Because it IS real. I am ROOTING for YOU. And when it comes to searching for your wedding photographer - you WANT someone to capture it who also has the same belief. Why? Because it’s the key ingredient to capturing this type of human connection in the best way.
This is what it’s all about at the end of the day. I believe that photography is an extremely important thing to consider when you’re mulling over what your wedding day priorities are. These moments can never be relived. This is it. These photos will one day be hung on the walls of generations to come. They will come out of their hiding place during future family reunions. Your grandchildren will shriek, “Damn, Grandpa and Grandma looked HOT.”
Not only do you want someone who can capture your day with pure intimate connection, but also someone you can relate with.
I’ve been there.
I’ve been a bride. I understand the emotions that will overwhelm you. The butterflies you’ll experience the moment you step into your dress, and the joyful tears you’ll have when you see each other for the first time. The day is going to FLY by. I’m not kidding. One moment you’re getting into your final accessories, the next you are at your hotel ordering a late night pizza in your suit and gown trying to remember WTF just happened?! Invest in quality photography. The memories will rush back in, in the best way possible.