The first look has always been one of my favorite photographs of the entire day. They're always a little unpredictable; I mean, some brides run into the arms of their groom, some grooms leap with excitement and then you have moments like this. These are the moments photographers live for- a groom so overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of his bride that he is literally brought to tears. This is my photo of the week for obvious reasons and for many more. Sarah and Jeremy are one of the sweetest couple's I've known. From the initial shoot during the engagement portraits, I absolutely fell in love with this couple. Sarah has the sweetest voice and I noticed how attentive Jeremy was throughout the day. So, I actually wasn't surprised by Jeremy's reaction to seeing Sarah for the first time because his response was also my response. You did it Sarah! You were so beautiful that you moved us all to tears! What a privilege to be apart of such an amazing day!
You have fantasized about this day since the first episode of Full House when Uncle Jesse came walking down the stairs with that signature grin of his… say it with me ladies, “John Stamos.” You pictured the dress, him lifting your veil, the first kiss, the first dance – all of it! And while John Stamos might not be the man at the altar in reality, you still want that picture-perfect wedding! The big day can go by so fast that it’ll be like a blur in your memory. This is why the photos are such a big deal – you’ll have these forever! This is the list of our top five must have wedding photos featuring some of the best memories you will make.
1. Mom Arranging Bride’s Gown
Getting a snap of mom tying up your dress, clasping your necklace, or pulling your veil down is something both of you will cherish for years to come.
2. The “First Look”
This is a controversial one. Some couples want to wait until they’re together at the altar to see each other for the first time. But we love it when couples do a “first look.” It’s special, the one moment you and your very soon-to-be husband can just admire each other with no one else around (but us photogs of course!). Even if you choose not to do this, that moment when he first sees you coming down the aisle, is a gorgeous memory to capture.
3. Bride and Groom Holding Hands at the Altar
Right after you hand off your bouquet, and before the rings are exchanged, there’s an instant where you and your groom clasp hands while you declare your vows. This stands out as that moment of unity.
4. Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances
There is so much emotion to capture while you twirl about on the dance floor. Dad whispers something to his daughter and you see her tear up. Mom laughs and smiles at her son as he says something about “crazy Aunt Millie over there.” They are so proud of you, and this is worthy of every photo album ever.
5. The Big Send Off
We’ve seen couples do some truly unique exit strategies – this is hands down why it is one of our favorite captures! Everything from old Volkswagen buses, café racer motorcycles, golf carts, and Gatsby-esque Rolls Royces have been used to whisk off the new couple to their happily ever after!
The truth is that there are tons of must have photos on your wedding day. Everything should be captured from beginning to end, so that you’ll always have those memories. That’s our job, but it’s also what we love…. And John Stamos ;)
Brooke and James said "I do" beneath blue skies in early June. They wed on the porch of the Sonnet House, with classic charm abound. Daisies decorated the table tops in mason jars - a perfect Southern touch; while pearls, lace, and sprigs of baby's breath decorated the bride. Soon after the ceremony, the wedding dances began. The bridesmaids kicked off their shoes and everyone threw their arms in the air! Laughter, love, and fun filled the night - we could not help but be infected ourselves. They made their exit in a white limousine flanked by their friends and family wishing them all the happiness in the world!
Last month, I had the opportunity to photograph Charlotte and John Michael’s amazing wedding! Over the years, we captured numerous first look photos. Everyone loves the moment when a groom sees his bride for the first time. I, personally love the the first look moment between a father and his daughter. It’s one of the most memorable and innocent moments that take place during the day. My photo of the week is a “first look” between Charlotte and her loving father.
There is so much anticipation when it comes to the groom waiting to see his soon to be wife in her wedding dress. That is why the first look is so magical on wedding day, all the anxiety drifts away and you see nothing but love in the grooms eyes. It is simply a wonderful moment.
One of the biggest decisions for wedding day is whether or not the bride and groom will see each other before the actual ceremony. A lot of couples stick with the tradition of not seeing each other until the ceremony. But, many couples are opting for a non-traditional opportunity for an amazing photo! Here are a few of my favorite "First Look" photos!