Holy cow, time flies!  Nine months ago, at The Estancia Hotel in La Jolla, I got down on one knee and asked my beautiful girlfriend Morgan to be my wife.  It was the most incredible day of our lives and later that evening at the surprise engagement party waiting for us back at my house, the question flew through the air. "So, when's the date?"

David Manning Photography Morgan Leigh Boberg Proposal
David Manning Photography Morgan Leigh Boberg Proposal

We had no clue.  We knew that we wanted a long enough engagement to really soak in this chapter in our relationship (it's been super fun referring to each other fiancรฉ), but we didn't want something so long that it felt too far away.  Three weeks later, we had selected our venue and selected our date, September 12th, 2015 at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate in San Diego.  We had ten months... 

And now it's here!  We are 29 days to the aisle and holy smokes it's getting real!  I've been shooting weddings for 8 years now, but I've learned more in this past 9 months about weddings than I ever did behind the lens.  Morgan has been the most incredible teammate through this process and in the coming weeks, I want to share what we have learned and our experience in the adventures of wedding planning!

We'll be posting about our story and how to put together an amazing proposal (trust me, I didn't do it alone), how to find the perfect wedding coordinator, of course how to choose your photographer, tips for an incredible engagement session, how to choose the best vendors for your day, our experience with budgeting (and breaking the budget),  as well as some fun posts just to celebrate and soak in this month!

The posts won't stop after 29 days though, as we'll be sharing stories about the wedding day afterwards and how well our best laid plans played out!  That's probably one of the greatest tips I can give any couple in the planning process right now and any one of my couples:  

"No matter your best laid plans,
be flexible and enjoy the celebration!"

It's been a crazy wild ride so far, and we couldn't have done it without some amazing friends and amazing industry partners!  Let the countdown begin!!!

David Manning Photographer Morgan Leigh Boberg San Diego