Hello! I am a first-time poster, and I have really enjoyed reading all the good advice posted on these forums. I am getting married in August 2014. A couple days ago, I came across my first planning issue, and I am very torn on what to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I booked a photographer for our wedding in early November 2013, paid a deposit, and signed a contract. We also completed our engagement session with her, and everything was really great. Our personalities were very compatible, and both my FI and I were very comfortable with her. However, I received an email a couple days ago. She said that one of her close friends is getting married on our date, and she really wants to shoot that wedding as well. So, her suggestion was to do all my pre-wedding pictures herself, then have the family photos, ceremony, and reception photos done by her assistant team. She will basically spend the first half of the day at our wedding and the second half at her friend's wedding. She also gave me the option to find a new photographer if I was not satisfied with these options. She did offer to refund my deposit if I chose to look elsewhere.
I'm very torn, because I really enjoyed working with her, but I'm worried that her attention will be mostly on her friend's wedding, which is at the same time as ours in a city 1.5 hours away. I'm also worried that most of the good photographers in my area are already booked! Do you have any advice? Should I stay with my current photographer and her assistant team or look for a new photographer? Thanks again!