As part of my continued quest to provide better wedding photography services to my clients, SvenStudios has become an ABIA accredited supplier. The Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) was founded in 1997 to protect the bridal customer and promote the bridal supplier. Their goal is to provide prospective brides with first hand accounts and reliable reviews regarding wedding suppliers they may consider hiring for their wedding.
I have attained the status of a first year ‘appointed bridal industry associate’ due to recent brides and grooms who have reviewed me on the ABIA portal. Almost every wedding that takes place is registered with ABIA, and after the day the organisation invites the newly weds to review any suppliers they may have employed on their day. My ABIA Accredited status is a representation of clients who have rated, reviewed and recommended my business. In fact, despite only joining ABIA in the last 2 months, according to my ABIA listing I have achieved a rating from previous brides of 94% and was a nominee for the 2016 South Australian wedding photographer of the year.
I am very much looking forward to the opportunity that ABIA represents in providing a national, transparent portal for new clients to read about the quality of service I provide my clients. I also look forward to being a nominee next year! The ABIA awards are unique in that they are awarded solely on the reviews of wedded couples after their wedding day based on 4 criteria – Quality of Product, Quality of Service, Value for Money and Attitude of Staff. So the awards are given out not by merit of technical photographic prowess like the AIPP awards, but more the service side of weddings, which I believe to be just as important! I am already a multiple award winning photographer for my technical ability, so I’m looking forward to being recognised for my service!
Just imagine your wedding day, about to walk down the aisle to the arms of the man of your dreams, or you’re standing there at the altar waiting 20mins after your ceremony was supposed to start, and wondering if your fiancée is going to show up at all…
A lot of planning has gone in to today. A lot of work. A lot of energy and emotion. You’ve had a great morning getting ready and you know this will be the best day of your life… then why are you about to choomp your nails off from the knuckle? You stomach feels as though it’s down by the beach and you’d love to join it.
If the world ran on logic, you know this day will run well, you’ll be partying about at your reception in about 3 hours time after having had your wedding photography taken by the best wedding photographer in Adelaide, so what is there to worry about?
Overcoming wedding nerves
All of this is a good thing and is completely natural. Being nervous keeps us alive and wedding nerves just show us that your senses are on overdrive! you notice that little bird singing that annoying song, your heartbeat, the tick of the giant grandfather clock in the entrance way to the church. You notice things you wouldn’t normally.
Your nerves are what have enabled you to get everything the way it is, the way you’ve dreamt it should be and the way it’s going down today. You’re not nervous you are EXCITED. Tell yourself that. Your body has no way of telling the difference between “I am nervous!” and “I am excited!” So instead of getting anxious, try to train yourself to tell yourself how excited you are instead, as it’s all the same thing neurologically speaking.
You have nothing to be nervous about, your wedding nerves are just you being excited about all your hard work coming into fruition. Get out there and marry your life partner!