Wedding First Look

A new wedding tradition emerging is the wedding “first look”.  If you have never heard of this before it is a new tradition where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony (gasp) yes, I said before the ceremony.  Usually this is done privately and only the bride, groom and of course the photographer is present to catch those special moments when the groom see’s his bride for the first time.  At first this may seem too untraditional for most couples, but here are a few reasons you may want to consider a first look.

Seeing each other before allows for a much smoother timeline.  There is not as much stress associated with taking all of the pictures in a short amount of time.  Most timelines give between 45 minutes and an hour to get all the post ceremony pictures done which include family, entire bridal party and romantic pictures. Put it simply, not a whole lot of time to get every shot you may want.

Another reason you may want to consider a first look is the intimate time you will get together.  In a traditional timeline one of the last people to see you is the groom.  Most of your wedding day is spent away form each other.  A first look allows you to take as much time as you need to see each other for the first time and show the emotions you may not show with everyone around.

Which brings me to my last reason you may want to have a first look is that seeing each other can ease a lot of tension and nerves that a ceremony brings.  You will already be the center of attention, which is nerve-wracking in itself.  A first look lets those jitters that come with seeing each other for the first time lessen a bit.

This new tradition is definitely not for every bride and groom and you will need to do what makes you happy.

What do you think about the first look?  We would love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Planning!

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Wedding Photography: Tips and Ideas for every bride

Wedding pictures are the most common cause of stress on wedding day. I have a few tips for every bride to follow to make sure that the least of their worries on wedding day is photography:

1. Hire a professional wedding photographer!!

If you do nothing else…take this advice! So many brides try to save money by hiring a friend to take pictures.  Trust me, you will be disappointed in the end.  Professional wedding photographers understand how quickly and efficiently they need to stage photos to get all of the shots you want without all the stress!

2. Be on Time!

Sounds easy, right?  This has to be the #1 reason for stress on the wedding day.  Make sure if you are having a makeup or hair stylist they do not leave you to do last!! Artists always run late (even with the best of intentions) so leave enough time to sip some champagne and relax while the rest of your girls are getting ready.

3. Make a list of your Top 5 shots!

Some brides create a long list of poses and ideas for pictures that even the most skilled photographer cannot accomplish in the time allotted.  If you make a list of the top 5 shots or ideas you can’t live without it will allow your photographer time to be creative while getting your “must-have” list accomplishedl!

I have included some of my favorite wedding photography picture ideas that you may want to add in to your Top 5 shots!

Anything involving jumping!! Whether it involved the bride and groom or the whole wedding party jumping shots are so much fun and a great expression of what an amazingly fun time you are having!

Funny shots of the guys!! Let your guys be creative and have fun with choosing how they express their excitement!

To show off your style and how awesome your choice of dresses and bouquets are; line up!

You can even have a bridal portrait taken of you with all of your girls in the background.  Beautiful!

Don’t forget about the shoes!! (or socks)

Anything involving flower girls is usually adorable but this idea is one of my all time faves!

Light up the night sky with sparklers!

I hope these ideas and advice have helped in staying stress free on your wedding day and given a little inspiration for those Top 5 shots!

Happy Planning!

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