If there is one thing that I focused on when I was engaged, it was finding an awesome photographer. I did, and I couldn't be happier with my photos. The portraits that you will take on your own and with your new spouse are so important - they need to capture the emotions of the day, embody the style of the day, and in 35 years from now, need to show who you were and what you loved. Joy and Scott's photos from blf studios certainly do that.
The day of the wedding requires a lot more than you think. This awesome behind-the-scenes video from Shaw is an excellent example of why you might want to consider hiring a wedding planner!