So I met with the photographer today, saw more samples of her work, and talked prices. Our total budget for photography/videography/albums/etc. is $3,000. Her basic package is $3,500, but by cutting the number of hours, we're able to get down to just under $2,400 (plus tax). That means: cheaper videographer (which is fine, because I so don't care about that), and some money out of other categories will be going into album printing (including the e-pic guestbook).
For our money, we get the engagement shoot, five hours of wedding day photography (which is short, but the most we can afford), a second photographer, and high-res images. She has shot at our venue before and I love her compositions, so I am excited about this.
The deposit is 30% of the total cost, which I don't have right now, but she's promised a "right of first refusal"so if someone else wants the date, I need to come up with the money right away (and if not, I can put it off until I have money in the bank again).
WOOHOO! Another item off the to do list!