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As in countless areas of life, engagements and proposals go through their own seasonal changes.  Many couples get engaged between Christmas and Valentine’s Day and are looking to have their engagement session done in the spring. Another busy season occurs in the fall when couples often choose to book their wedding photographers. A lot of photographers have different preferences for the best season in which to take your engagement photos, and we are no exception. Here are some of our best tips for scheduling your session to get beautifully romantic, light-driven, and classic photos for your engagement session that will be relevant and fresh for decades to come.

 

Spring Engagement Sessions

We love spring sessions. Leaves are growing back, beautiful blooms have sprung up everywhere, and we have sun again. We are lovers of sunlight, and if you can choose a season that is sun-heavy, you will make us very happy photographers. We also love spring sessions because our busier season hasn’t started yet, and we’re able to get your engagement session images finished in record time. The sunset time changes drastically within the spring months, so we recommend looking up the sunset time for a specific day and subtracting 2 hours for your start time!

Spring Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Summer Engagement Sessions

Engagement Sessions in the summer are our favourites. They do however require flexibility since our weekends are mostly booked. We recommend weeknights or sunrise (sunrise sessions are especially great for busy locations!). In the summer, the sun is rising early and setting late, so it may be easier to schedule around work hours. We love greenery, but you’ll notice that more often than not, we try to keep our couples off the grass! This helps us consistently achieve our clean, romantic style!

Summer Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Fall Engagement Sessions

Because fall engagement sessions are so popular, we want to give extra tips to make it work! Since the weather is more unpredictable and it is cloudier, be prepared for a heavier, windier look! We recommend finding open and airy locations since forests and ravines will make your images darker, and you’re more likely to have a lot of orange and yellow colours bouncing onto your faces instead of beautiful, clean, natural light! We know the temptation is to include the gorgeous fall colours in your photos, but this is a great season to choose an urban setting over a nature one. If you’re set on having those fall colours, be sure to find open, wide areas where the foliage is more of a backdrop than a surrounding statement.

As in spring, the sunset time changes drastically within these few months. Look up the sunset for a specific day and subtract 2 hours for your start time!

Fall Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Winter Engagement Sessions

Winter snow sessions can be magical. Just be prepared for the experience itself to be a little less magical than the photos. With wind, it can be extremely cold. We recommend bringing hand warmers and keeping them in your pockets during the session. A colour palette with muted or jewel tones (instead of bright, bold colours) will photograph beautifully against the snow. This is probably the only season we recommend staying away from statement dresses and heels. Instead, lean into the winter look, adding in a classy hat and scarf. A form-fitting peacoat will also be a flattering alternative to a dress.  If your session is before mid-March, don’t forget that the sun sets quite early! We’d be looking at starting your session mid-afternoon.

Winter Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Your Seasonal Engagement Session

We are prepared for anything on your wedding day, but we’re especially light-driven on your engagement session. You’ll notice that some tips stay the same across each season, such as staying away from seasonally-colourful areas. Remember that these are suggestions to give you an experience where you can be confident of the end result. If you love the look of our images, you’ll love the result that comes from following these tips. The final decision is up to you. We’re here to make your experience memorable in the best sense: to capture your relationship and love for each other. No matter the location, weather, and light, you are the focus of the images, and we’re so grateful to be a part of this season.

Your engagement season–no matter how long it is–is short when compared to how long life is. We want you to make the most of it and soak up every second.  Especially in the midst of hectic wedding planning, your engagement session is a way to freeze time and remember why you’re getting married. To slow down for an evening, take time for each other, get dressed up, and go on a date afterwards!

 

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As in countless areas of life, engagements and proposals go through their own seasonal changes.  Many couples get engaged between Christmas and Valentine’s Day and are looking to have their engagement session done in the spring. Another busy season occurs in the fall when couples often choose to book their wedding photographers. A lot of photographers have different preferences for the best season in which to take your engagement photos, and we are no exception. Here are some of our best tips for scheduling your session to get beautifully romantic, light-driven, and classic photos for your engagement session that will be relevant and fresh for decades to come.

 

Spring Engagement Sessions

We love spring sessions. Leaves are growing back, beautiful blooms have sprung up everywhere, and we have sun again. We are lovers of sunlight, and if you can choose a season that is sun-heavy, you will make us very happy photographers. We also love spring sessions because our busier season hasn’t started yet, and we’re able to get your engagement session images finished in record time. The sunset time changes drastically within the spring months, so we recommend looking up the sunset time for a specific day and subtracting 2 hours for your start time!

Spring Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Summer Engagement Sessions

Engagement Sessions in the summer are our favourites. They do however require flexibility since our weekends are mostly booked. We recommend weeknights or sunrise (sunrise sessions are especially great for busy locations!). In the summer, the sun is rising early and setting late, so it may be easier to schedule around work hours. We love greenery, but you’ll notice that more often than not, we try to keep our couples off the grass! This helps us consistently achieve our clean, romantic style!

Summer Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Fall Engagement Sessions

Because fall engagement sessions are so popular, we want to give extra tips to make it work! Since the weather is more unpredictable and it is cloudier, be prepared for a heavier, windier look! We recommend finding open and airy locations since forests and ravines will make your images darker, and you’re more likely to have a lot of orange and yellow colours bouncing onto your faces instead of beautiful, clean, natural light! We know the temptation is to include the gorgeous fall colours in your photos, but this is a great season to choose an urban setting over a nature one. If you’re set on having those fall colours, be sure to find open, wide areas where the foliage is more of a backdrop than a surrounding statement.

As in spring, the sunset time changes drastically within these few months. Look up the sunset for a specific day and subtract 2 hours for your start time!

Fall Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Winter Engagement Sessions

Winter snow sessions can be magical. Just be prepared for the experience itself to be a little less magical than the photos. With wind, it can be extremely cold. We recommend bringing hand warmers and keeping them in your pockets during the session. A colour palette with muted or jewel tones (instead of bright, bold colours) will photograph beautifully against the snow. This is probably the only season we recommend staying away from statement dresses and heels. Instead, lean into the winter look, adding in a classy hat and scarf. A form-fitting peacoat will also be a flattering alternative to a dress.  If your session is before mid-March, don’t forget that the sun sets quite early! We’d be looking at starting your session mid-afternoon.

Winter Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Your Seasonal Engagement Session

We are prepared for anything on your wedding day, but we’re especially light-driven on your engagement session. You’ll notice that some tips stay the same across each season, such as staying away from seasonally-colourful areas. Remember that these are suggestions to give you an experience where you can be confident of the end result. If you love the look of our images, you’ll love the result that comes from following these tips. The final decision is up to you. We’re here to make your experience memorable in the best sense: to capture your relationship and love for each other. No matter the location, weather, and light, you are the focus of the images, and we’re so grateful to be a part of this season.

Your engagement season–no matter how long it is–is short when compared to how long life is. We want you to make the most of it and soak up every second.  Especially in the midst of hectic wedding planning, your engagement session is a way to freeze time and remember why you’re getting married. To slow down for an evening, take time for each other, get dressed up, and go on a date afterwards!

 

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As in countless areas of life, engagements and proposals go through their own seasonal changes.  Many couples get engaged between Christmas and Valentine’s Day and are looking to have their engagement session done in the spring. Another busy season occurs in the fall when couples often choose to book their wedding photographers. A lot of photographers have different preferences for the best season in which to take your engagement photos, and we are no exception. Here are some of our best tips for scheduling your session to get beautifully romantic, light-driven, and classic photos for your engagement session that will be relevant and fresh for decades to come.

 

Spring Engagement Sessions

We love spring sessions. Leaves are growing back, beautiful blooms have sprung up everywhere, and we have sun again. We are lovers of sunlight, and if you can choose a season that is sun-heavy, you will make us very happy photographers. We also love spring sessions because our busier season hasn’t started yet, and we’re able to get your engagement session images finished in record time. The sunset time changes drastically within the spring months, so we recommend looking up the sunset time for a specific day and subtracting 2 hours for your start time!

Spring Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Summer Engagement Sessions

Engagement Sessions in the summer are our favourites. They do however require flexibility since our weekends are mostly booked. We recommend weeknights or sunrise (sunrise sessions are especially great for busy locations!). In the summer, the sun is rising early and setting late, so it may be easier to schedule around work hours. We love greenery, but you’ll notice that more often than not, we try to keep our couples off the grass! This helps us consistently achieve our clean, romantic style!

Summer Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Fall Engagement Sessions

Because fall engagement sessions are so popular, we want to give extra tips to make it work! Since the weather is more unpredictable and it is cloudier, be prepared for a heavier, windier look! We recommend finding open and airy locations since forests and ravines will make your images darker, and you’re more likely to have a lot of orange and yellow colours bouncing onto your faces instead of beautiful, clean, natural light! We know the temptation is to include the gorgeous fall colours in your photos, but this is a great season to choose an urban setting over a nature one. If you’re set on having those fall colours, be sure to find open, wide areas where the foliage is more of a backdrop than a surrounding statement.

As in spring, the sunset time changes drastically within these few months. Look up the sunset for a specific day and subtract 2 hours for your start time!

Fall Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Winter Engagement Sessions

Winter snow sessions can be magical. Just be prepared for the experience itself to be a little less magical than the photos. With wind, it can be extremely cold. We recommend bringing hand warmers and keeping them in your pockets during the session. A colour palette with muted or jewel tones (instead of bright, bold colours) will photograph beautifully against the snow. This is probably the only season we recommend staying away from statement dresses and heels. Instead, lean into the winter look, adding in a classy hat and scarf. A form-fitting peacoat will also be a flattering alternative to a dress.  If your session is before mid-March, don’t forget that the sun sets quite early! We’d be looking at starting your session mid-afternoon.

Winter Seasonal Engagement Session

 

Your Seasonal Engagement Session

We are prepared for anything on your wedding day, but we’re especially light-driven on your engagement session. You’ll notice that some tips stay the same across each season, such as staying away from seasonally-colourful areas. Remember that these are suggestions to give you an experience where you can be confident of the end result. If you love the look of our images, you’ll love the result that comes from following these tips. The final decision is up to you. We’re here to make your experience memorable in the best sense: to capture your relationship and love for each other. No matter the location, weather, and light, you are the focus of the images, and we’re so grateful to be a part of this season.

Your engagement season–no matter how long it is–is short when compared to how long life is. We want you to make the most of it and soak up every second.  Especially in the midst of hectic wedding planning, your engagement session is a way to freeze time and remember why you’re getting married. To slow down for an evening, take time for each other, get dressed up, and go on a date afterwards!

 

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Back in November, Samantha and I had the chance to flip our wedding day roles! Our brother John got married to our new sister-in-law, Naomi, and Sam and I were both in the wedding party. We’ve shot countless weddings, but this was only our second time being bridesmaids! We were able to photograph Naomi and John’s engagement during the summer, but on their big day, we got to spend approximately 15 hours by their side as part of their official entourage.

Being a part of the bridal party allowed us to experience issues and tips we’ve always known about, but we hadn’t necessarily personally experienced. Here are 5 things we’ve always known, but finally experienced first-hand, about being bridesmaids.

 

1) Getting ready takes way longer than you think.

This is almost always the case when it comes to females getting ready for an event. But with weddings, it almost becomes a law of nature! Whether you go to a salon, have a professional come to your prep location, or do it yourself, getting your hair and makeup done seems to take at least three times as long as any other day! Especially if everyone is helping one another! This is why we always tell our couples to book in extra buffer time! Adding an extra 20-30 min for every activity during the day will help account for things that are hard to plan for like touch-ups, misbehaving hair, and traffic!

bridesmaids helping bride with dress

Annet and Brad

 

2) Adrenaline will only take you so far when it comes to heels.

Heels are almost unquestionable when it comes to a wedding day, for brides and bridesmaids. But they aren’t the most comfortable shoe to spend the day in. As a bridesmaid, I found the most difficult part wasn’t walking around for photos, but standing at the front of the church. Putting pressure on the balls of your feet without rest for over half an hour is an unexpectedly painful activity.

The first of two things we found incredibly helpful was using Solemates! Not only did they help spread out some of the weight by creating a wider base, but they helped protect our heels from the dirt and mud at the portrait location, and helped us not sink into the grass!

Secondly, I brought an extra pair of flat shoes! Strutting around on 4″ heels while helping to clean up isn’t the most practical. So although we wore our heels for the ceremony and most of the reception, our slip-ons were perfect for packing-up and walking between locations! Not only did they give our feet a break, but we were able to be faster and more efficient in our work!

bride's shoes and prep

Jackie & David

 

3) There is no right size of bridal party.

Both normal-sized and large bridal parties have their advantages! And though I’ve only been in two wedding parties, I’ve experienced the vastly different realities of both!

Samantha and Logan had a fairly average bridal party size: 5 girls and 5 guys. It was a more intimate and cozy experience. Everyone had time to interact and talk with the bride and groom, and bridal party photos were quick and easy! Small parties make for a more intimate experience, where everyone gets to spend some time with the bride and groom.

Naomi and John, on the other hand, had a large wedding party: 17 in all! (Can you believe 12 of us were siblings?) It was a day-long party; there was a real sense of celebration! Plus, there were plenty of hands to help clean up and greet guests.

Truth: You should never pick your bridal party size based on how it will look in photos! There are only two factors you want to consider:

  • How large the wedding is. A 20-person party can be hard to coordinate in a small wedding with a 50-person guest list.
  • Who you want beside you on your wedding day! What relationships mean the most to you and will mean the most to you in 30, 40, 50 years.

bridal party can be any size

Carrie & Steve

 

4) The bride doesn’t have to know about everything.

This point is all about teamwork. The bridal party is there to serve the bride and groom! And a lot of times, that means taking care of problems they will never even know about. No matter how much planning is done prior to the wedding day, something usually doesn’t go as expected! Maybe the florist sent over the wrong greenery, or the flower girl refuses to put on her dress, or a bridesmaid’s dress rips. We call these no-know problems: the bride doesn’t need to know about it before, during, or after the issue is solved!

This is where the bridal party, planner, and coordinator can step up and solve these problems! Photographers are also great people to ask! They’re there the whole day, and they’ve seen pretty much every problem that can come up. As photographers, we’ve always maintained that our aim is to be a source of information and reassurance during the planning period and on the wedding day!

bride portrait on swing

Stacie & Alex

 

5) Photos aren’t everything.

Yes, we’re photographers, but we’re also human beings. The whole point of what we do as photographers is to help our couples remember the joy they carry into this new season of life and the love that will sustain the beautiful promises they are making to each other. Those vows are what are most important! Photos help you remember those promises; they point you to the purpose of your marriage. Sometimes, you’ll have to choose between relationships and photography…between being present in the moment and being able to relive the moment in the future by looking at your images.

You’ll want a photographer you can trust to capture these memories, while prioritizing your relationships on your wedding day. This isn’t us trying to convince you to hire us. We don’t want you to have Into the Aisle at your wedding if we’re not the right fit for you. But we do want you to have meaningful priorities! Sometimes beautiful photos will help you remember relational moments- and you’ll want to make sure you have those gorgeous images! Other times you’ll want to be present in the moment, creating the actual memories your images will help call to mind.

We were so grateful to have this reminder as bridesmaids. We were thinking like photographers on the day of John and Naomi’s wedding – we can’t help it – but we also saw that it was the relational moments that made the whole day a celebration!

bridesmaids taking photo

 

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Back in November, Samantha and I had the chance to flip our wedding day roles! Our brother John got married to our new sister-in-law, Naomi, and Sam and I were both in the wedding party. We’ve shot countless weddings, but this was only our second time being bridesmaids! We were able to photograph Naomi and John’s engagement during the summer, but on their big day, we got to spend approximately 15 hours by their side as part of their official entourage.

Being a part of the bridal party allowed us to experience issues and tips we’ve always known about, but we hadn’t necessarily personally experienced. Here are 5 things we’ve always known, but finally experienced first-hand, about being bridesmaids.

 

1) Getting ready takes way longer than you think.

This is almost always the case when it comes to females getting ready for an event. But with weddings, it almost becomes a law of nature! Whether you go to a salon, have a professional come to your prep location, or do it yourself, getting your hair and makeup done seems to take at least three times as long as any other day! Especially if everyone is helping one another! This is why we always tell our couples to book in extra buffer time! Adding an extra 20-30 min for every activity during the day will help account for things that are hard to plan for like touch-ups, misbehaving hair, and traffic!

bridesmaids helping bride with dress

Annet and Brad

 

2) Adrenaline will only take you so far when it comes to heels.

Heels are almost unquestionable when it comes to a wedding day, for brides and bridesmaids. But they aren’t the most comfortable shoe to spend the day in. As a bridesmaid, I found the most difficult part wasn’t walking around for photos, but standing at the front of the church. Putting pressure on the balls of your feet without rest for over half an hour is an unexpectedly painful activity.

The first of two things we found incredibly helpful was using Solemates! Not only did they help spread out some of the weight by creating a wider base, but they helped protect our heels from the dirt and mud at the portrait location, and helped us not sink into the grass!

Secondly, I brought an extra pair of flat shoes! Strutting around on 4″ heels while helping to clean up isn’t the most practical. So although we wore our heels for the ceremony and most of the reception, our slip-ons were perfect for packing-up and walking between locations! Not only did they give our feet a break, but we were able to be faster and more efficient in our work!

bride's shoes and prep

Jackie & David

 

3) There is no right size of bridal party.

Both normal-sized and large bridal parties have their advantages! And though I’ve only been in two wedding parties, I’ve experienced the vastly different realities of both!

Samantha and Logan had a fairly average bridal party size: 5 girls and 5 guys. It was a more intimate and cozy experience. Everyone had time to interact and talk with the bride and groom, and bridal party photos were quick and easy! Small parties make for a more intimate experience, where everyone gets to spend some time with the bride and groom.

Naomi and John, on the other hand, had a large wedding party: 17 in all! (Can you believe 12 of us were siblings?) It was a day-long party; there was a real sense of celebration! Plus, there were plenty of hands to help clean up and greet guests.

Truth: You should never pick your bridal party size based on how it will look in photos! There are only two factors you want to consider:

  • How large the wedding is. A 20-person party can be hard to coordinate in a small wedding with a 50-person guest list.
  • Who you want beside you on your wedding day! What relationships mean the most to you and will mean the most to you in 30, 40, 50 years.

bridal party can be any size

Carrie & Steve

 

4) The bride doesn’t have to know about everything.

This point is all about teamwork. The bridal party is there to serve the bride and groom! And a lot of times, that means taking care of problems they will never even know about. No matter how much planning is done prior to the wedding day, something usually doesn’t go as expected! Maybe the florist sent over the wrong greenery, or the flower girl refuses to put on her dress, or a bridesmaid’s dress rips. We call these no-know problems: the bride doesn’t need to know about it before, during, or after the issue is solved!

This is where the bridal party, planner, and coordinator can step up and solve these problems! Photographers are also great people to ask! They’re there the whole day, and they’ve seen pretty much every problem that can come up. As photographers, we’ve always maintained that our aim is to be a source of information and reassurance during the planning period and on the wedding day!

bride portrait on swing

Stacie & Alex

 

5) Photos aren’t everything.

Yes, we’re photographers, but we’re also human beings. The whole point of what we do as photographers is to help our couples remember the joy they carry into this new season of life and the love that will sustain the beautiful promises they are making to each other. Those vows are what are most important! Photos help you remember those promises; they point you to the purpose of your marriage. Sometimes, you’ll have to choose between relationships and photography…between being present in the moment and being able to relive the moment in the future by looking at your images.

You’ll want a photographer you can trust to capture these memories, while prioritizing your relationships on your wedding day. This isn’t us trying to convince you to hire us. We don’t want you to have Into the Aisle at your wedding if we’re not the right fit for you. But we do want you to have meaningful priorities! Sometimes beautiful photos will help you remember relational moments- and you’ll want to make sure you have those gorgeous images! Other times you’ll want to be present in the moment, creating the actual memories your images will help call to mind.

We were so grateful to have this reminder as bridesmaids. We were thinking like photographers on the day of John and Naomi’s wedding – we can’t help it – but we also saw that it was the relational moments that made the whole day a celebration!

bridesmaids taking photo

 

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If you’ve been following us for a while (or even if you haven’t!), you’ll know we are big proponents of the first look. Although first looks haven’t been around as long as other wedding traditions, we believe that they are here to stay for all the things they offer brides and grooms! First looks can play an integral part in a full and complete wedding day and can help make the day run more smoothly and be less stressful. In this special Valentine’s Day blog post, we’re going to share 5 reasons why we love first looks (as photographers, and as a former bride and friends to brides!) and why you should too!

Please know that we never want any of our couples to feel pressured to go with this option. However, we do want to make sure that we share all of the amazing benefits of a first look, because there is a reason most of our couples do this and LOVE it!

1) Your hair and makeup will be fresh for photos

In some ways, wedding days are the WORST days to have photos taken! People are hugging you all the time, kissing you, sometimes you cry (maybe a lot), you’re out in the sun, or it’s raining (or blizzarding!). Not even the best makeup can stay fresh for 12 hours! This is why a first look is such a great idea. First looks typically happen directly after prep, when your makeup and hair is fresh, and you’re looking absolutely perfect! These photos will show you looking your absolute best!

Plus, if you decide to have bridal party photos right after, your bridesmaids will thank you for this as well!

First look bride sees groom

Emily & Kelston

 

2) A first look gives more time for portraits! AND more time with guests!

When a bride and groom decide to do a first look, there are two “add-ons” that they can choose.

First, they can do some portraits and bridal party photos before the ceremony. This will essentially give them TWO portrait sessions, with two different locations, and two different types of light!

A second option is to do all bride/groom and bridal party portraits directly after the first look (excluding, of course, husband/wife photos during sunset!). This will allow for more flexibility and freedom after the ceremony to mingle with guests, enjoy cocktail hour, or move directly into the reception.

First look more photos

Eirwen & Stuart

 

3) You’ll calm your nerves, while still maintaining your excitement

Saving your “first look” for when you’re walking down the aisle is stressful! Not only are you seeing them for the first time that day, but you also have hundreds of eyes watching your every move. The mixture of nerves and excitement can be so overwhelming, you aren’t able to enjoy the moment. We’ve seen brides physically shaking with nervousness!

A first look can mitigate some of this. It releases tension while maintaining excitement. A first look allows you to divide the stress of the scenario. You can see your bride/groom for the first time in circumstances that are more private, feeling less like a show or performance. But then you get to walk down the aisle and enjoy the full magnitude of what is happening (YOU are WALKING down the AISLE!). We’ve been told time and time again by couples who opt for a first look that it only made the “aisle moment” better as it was filled with exclusively positive emotions!

First look bride approaches groom

Annet & Brad

 

4) There’s a greater chance that someone might cry

Let’s be honest, what all brides want when their groom sees them for the first time is a REACTION.

Grooms are usually nervous on wedding days, no matter how cool and collected they seem. The whole day is focused on them, they need to look their best, they need to be on time, he has no idea what side the boutonniere is supposed to go on and little by little… the tension grows. And this tension only stifles REACTION.

A first look can help ease tension and create emotional space for these reactions in two ways:

Firstly, first looks are done in privacy and seclusion. No on-lookers, no distractions. The bride, the love of his life, comes up behind the groom and touches him on his shoulder and he turns around to see her for the first time. He finally gets his first look at his beautiful bride, and not only see her, but embrace her…cry with her…kiss her…enjoy that moment with her for as long as they want! And as she shows him her dress, twirling a few times and asking what he thinks, his nerves melt away. After all, SHE’S the one who makes me the most comfortable and.

Secondly, after the first look, all the tension is released. By the time the ceremony comes around, the groom is no longer a nervous wreck! He had just spent the last hour or so with his bride–his best friend–and maybe their entire bridal party! When the bride finally walks down the aisle, the groom isn’t distracted by her dress or the emotional expectations of the 80-300 guests watching his reaction. The pressure is off and he can focus his entire attention on his bride! Often, this leads to a second bout of emotion (don’t forget to pack tissues!)

Groom's reaction first look

Carrie & Steve

 

5) A first look can help showcase who you are

You have so much freedom with first looks: where, with who, and how it’s done! Some couples choose to include their bridal party or family, watching in the background. Grooms can be turned around or blindfolded. Brides can come up behind the groom, or walk downstairs, or come out of double doors. It’s really up to you! Depending on who you are as a couple, first looks allow you to add more of what you love to your special day, whether that’s time with family or friends, complete privacy, or an extra surprise.

First Look with your bridal party

Tiffany & Albert
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If you’ve been following us for a while (or even if you haven’t!), you’ll know we are big proponents of the first look. Although first looks haven’t been around as long as other wedding traditions, we believe that they are here to stay for all the things they offer brides and grooms! First looks can play an integral part in a full and complete wedding day and can help make the day run more smoothly and be less stressful. In this special Valentine’s Day blog post, we’re going to share 5 reasons why we love first looks (as photographers, and as a former bride and friends to brides!) and why you should too!

Please know that we never want any of our couples to feel pressured to go with this option. However, we do want to make sure that we share all of the amazing benefits of a first look, because there is a reason most of our couples do this and LOVE it!

1) Your hair and makeup will be fresh for photos

In some ways, wedding days are the WORST days to have photos taken! People are hugging you all the time, kissing you, sometimes you cry (maybe a lot), you’re out in the sun, or it’s raining (or blizzarding!). Not even the best makeup can stay fresh for 12 hours! This is why a first look is such a great idea. First looks typically happen directly after prep, when your makeup and hair is fresh, and you’re looking absolutely perfect! These photos will show you looking your absolute best!

Plus, if you decide to have bridal party photos right after, your bridesmaids will thank you for this as well!

First look bride sees groom

Emily & Kelston

 

2) A first look gives more time for portraits! AND more time with guests!

When a bride and groom decide to do a first look, there are two “add-ons” that they can choose.

First, they can do some portraits and bridal party photos before the ceremony. This will essentially give them TWO portrait sessions, with two different locations, and two different types of light!

A second option is to do all bride/groom and bridal party portraits directly after the first look (excluding, of course, husband/wife photos during sunset!). This will allow for more flexibility and freedom after the ceremony to mingle with guests, enjoy cocktail hour, or move directly into the reception.

First look more photos

Eirwen & Stuart

 

3) You’ll calm your nerves, while still maintaining your excitement

Saving your “first look” for when you’re walking down the aisle is stressful! Not only are you seeing them for the first time that day, but you also have hundreds of eyes watching your every move. The mixture of nerves and excitement can be so overwhelming, you aren’t able to enjoy the moment. We’ve seen brides physically shaking with nervousness!

A first look can mitigate some of this. It releases tension while maintaining excitement. A first look allows you to divide the stress of the scenario. You can see your bride/groom for the first time in circumstances that are more private, feeling less like a show or performance. But then you get to walk down the aisle and enjoy the full magnitude of what is happening (YOU are WALKING down the AISLE!). We’ve been told time and time again by couples who opt for a first look that it only made the “aisle moment” better as it was filled with exclusively positive emotions!

First look bride approaches groom

Annet & Brad

 

4) There’s a greater chance that someone might cry

Let’s be honest, what all brides want when their groom sees them for the first time is a REACTION.

Grooms are usually nervous on wedding days, no matter how cool and collected they seem. The whole day is focused on them, they need to look their best, they need to be on time, he has no idea what side the boutonniere is supposed to go on and little by little… the tension grows. And this tension only stifles REACTION.

A first look can help ease tension and create emotional space for these reactions in two ways:

Firstly, first looks are done in privacy and seclusion. No on-lookers, no distractions. The bride, the love of his life, comes up behind the groom and touches him on his shoulder and he turns around to see her for the first time. He finally gets his first look at his beautiful bride, and not only see her, but embrace her…cry with her…kiss her…enjoy that moment with her for as long as they want! And as she shows him her dress, twirling a few times and asking what he thinks, his nerves melt away. After all, SHE’S the one who makes me the most comfortable and.

Secondly, after the first look, all the tension is released. By the time the ceremony comes around, the groom is no longer a nervous wreck! He had just spent the last hour or so with his bride–his best friend–and maybe their entire bridal party! When the bride finally walks down the aisle, the groom isn’t distracted by her dress or the emotional expectations of the 80-300 guests watching his reaction. The pressure is off and he can focus his entire attention on his bride! Often, this leads to a second bout of emotion (don’t forget to pack tissues!)

Groom's reaction first look

Carrie & Steve

 

5) A first look can help showcase who you are

You have so much freedom with first looks: where, with who, and how it’s done! Some couples choose to include their bridal party or family, watching in the background. Grooms can be turned around or blindfolded. Brides can come up behind the groom, or walk downstairs, or come out of double doors. It’s really up to you! Depending on who you are as a couple, first looks allow you to add more of what you love to your special day, whether that’s time with family or friends, complete privacy, or an extra surprise.

First Look with your bridal party

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If you’ve been following us for a while (or even if you haven’t!), you’ll know we are big proponents of the first look. Although first looks haven’t been around as long as other wedding traditions, we believe that they are here to stay for all the things they offer brides and grooms! First looks can play an integral part in a full and complete wedding day and can help make the day run more smoothly and be less stressful. In this special Valentine’s Day blog post, we’re going to share 5 reasons why we love first looks (as photographers, and as a former bride and friends to brides!) and why you should too!

Please know that we never want any of our couples to feel pressured to go with this option. However, we do want to make sure that we share all of the amazing benefits of a first look, because there is a reason most of our couples do this and LOVE it!

1) Your hair and makeup will be fresh for photos

In some ways, wedding days are the WORST days to have photos taken! People are hugging you all the time, kissing you, sometimes you cry (maybe a lot), you’re out in the sun, or it’s raining (or blizzarding!). Not even the best makeup can stay fresh for 12 hours! This is why a first look is such a great idea. First looks typically happen directly after prep, when your makeup and hair is fresh, and you’re looking absolutely perfect! These photos will show you looking your absolute best!

Plus, if you decide to have bridal party photos right after, your bridesmaids will thank you for this as well!

First look bride sees groom

Emily & Kelston

 

2) A first look gives more time for portraits! AND more time with guests!

When a bride and groom decide to do a first look, there are two “add-ons” that they can choose.

First, they can do some portraits and bridal party photos before the ceremony. This will essentially give them TWO portrait sessions, with two different locations, and two different types of light!

A second option is to do all bride/groom and bridal party portraits directly after the first look (excluding, of course, husband/wife photos during sunset!). This will allow for more flexibility and freedom after the ceremony to mingle with guests, enjoy cocktail hour, or move directly into the reception.

First look more photos

Eirwen & Stuart

 

3) You’ll calm your nerves, while still maintaining your excitement

Saving your “first look” for when you’re walking down the aisle is stressful! Not only are you seeing them for the first time that day, but you also have hundreds of eyes watching your every move. The mixture of nerves and excitement can be so overwhelming, you aren’t able to enjoy the moment. We’ve seen brides physically shaking with nervousness!

A first look can mitigate some of this. It releases tension while maintaining excitement. A first look allows you to divide the stress of the scenario. You can see your bride/groom for the first time in circumstances that are more private, feeling less like a show or performance. But then you get to walk down the aisle and enjoy the full magnitude of what is happening (YOU are WALKING down the AISLE!). We’ve been told time and time again by couples who opt for a first look that it only made the “aisle moment” better as it was filled with exclusively positive emotions!

First look bride approaches groom

Annet & Brad

 

4) There’s a greater chance that someone might cry

Let’s be honest, what all brides want when their groom sees them for the first time is a REACTION.

Grooms are usually nervous on wedding days, no matter how cool and collected they seem. The whole day is focused on them, they need to look their best, they need to be on time, he has no idea what side the boutonniere is supposed to go on and little by little… the tension grows. And this tension only stifles REACTION.

A first look can help ease tension and create emotional space for these reactions in two ways:

Firstly, first looks are done in privacy and seclusion. No on-lookers, no distractions. The bride, the love of his life, comes up behind the groom and touches him on his shoulder and he turns around to see her for the first time. He finally gets his first look at his beautiful bride, and not only see her, but embrace her…cry with her…kiss her…enjoy that moment with her for as long as they want! And as she shows him her dress, twirling a few times and asking what he thinks, his nerves melt away. After all, SHE’S the one who makes me the most comfortable and.

Secondly, after the first look, all the tension is released. By the time the ceremony comes around, the groom is no longer a nervous wreck! He had just spent the last hour or so with his bride–his best friend–and maybe their entire bridal party! When the bride finally walks down the aisle, the groom isn’t distracted by her dress or the emotional expectations of the 80-300 guests watching his reaction. The pressure is off and he can focus his entire attention on his bride! Often, this leads to a second bout of emotion (don’t forget to pack tissues!)

Groom's reaction first look

Carrie & Steve

 

5) A first look can help showcase who you are

You have so much freedom with first looks: where, with who, and how it’s done! Some couples choose to include their bridal party or family, watching in the background. Grooms can be turned around or blindfolded. Brides can come up behind the groom, or walk downstairs, or come out of double doors. It’s really up to you! Depending on who you are as a couple, first looks allow you to add more of what you love to your special day, whether that’s time with family or friends, complete privacy, or an extra surprise.

First Look with your bridal party

Tiffany & Albert
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