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Hi! I'm Hope Ann! I'm wedding photographer based in North Carolina & I love long romantic walks to the taco truck, & ohhh yeaaahhh...I'm obsessed with sweet tea. 

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Social Media & Your Wedding

Your wedding day. The day many women have dreamed about since childhood. This day is meant to be a celebration of two people who are in love. And with social media being so prevalent, this day can easily turn into one with unrealistically high expectations.

Let’s talk about your day and why the only ‘likes’ you should be worried about are the ones from your partner! 😉

On social media, chances are, you probably follow thousands of accounts: your family, your friends, old classmates, and complete strangers (think celebrities and influencers.) Social media should be a place where you can share what is important to you and become inspired by those that you ‘follow.’ However, it is often a place where comparison syndrome lives.

Oh, that celebrity got married in a vineyard in California? Maybe a tropical island and their pictures are “PERFECT?” And then *BOOM* within 3 seconds of opening the app, you’re immediately feeling discouraged about your OWN wedding planning.

Here are my 4 tips on how to break the SOCIAL MEDIA comparison cycle:

1. Unfollow any accounts that leave you feeling unhappy or uneasy about yourself. Social media is an optional tool/program we allow into our lives. You get to choose who you follow and what shows on your social media feed.

2. Find inspiring accounts to follow that do not leave you with the feeling of wanting, but rather provide you creative ideas for your wedding and ceremony.

3. Consider an unplugged ceremony. While you’re walking down the aisle, consider opting for an ‘unplugged ceremony.’ You have a professional photographer capturing your timeless moments, encourage your guests to put away the phones to focus on your beautiful ceremony.

4. Think realistically and be honest about your budget. Social media is available to everyone. Those that have a smaller wedding budget and those that have a larger wedding budget. It is important to remain realistic about what you can and cannot afford – see a decoration you’d like at your wedding but it may be out of your budget? Consider an alternative option that would provide the same feeling and would photograph beautifully, as well!

I encourage you to delete the accounts that leave you uninspired and sign off of social media when you start to feel the comparison game creep in. Your wedding day is special. You are surrounded by friends and family. And that is enough. That is always enough.

Social Media & Your Wedding Day - Hope Ann Photos - North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Social Media & Your Wedding Day - Hope Ann Photos - North Carolina Wedding Photographer

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