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“I’m so happy that I listened to Tonya’s advice and had a first look at my wedding. The opportunity to relax and spend time with my fiancé before the wedding was special and intimate. We had hundreds of gorgeous photos to choose from since our first look photo shoot gave us time to be together on our wedding day. The idea of taking photos together before the wedding was truly wonderful! We had an evening wedding and the first look photos were phenomenal. ” poprock bride
There are so many wedding traditions that makes me wonder why it ever started and why do we keep perpetuating these wedding traditions. Top on my list is seeing the bride before the wedding. This probably originated when parents picked your mate, so the groom wouldn’t run off if he didn’t like what he saw and yet we still have the tradition. Many brides want to surprise their groom or they fear it’s bad luck to see the bride, but really it’s so much better to have a first look hours before the wedding.
A first look allows the wedding couple to have a minute to see each other and have a REAL moment instead of in the ceremony in front of everyone. And an even better time for your photographer to document!
Sidenote: Everyone wants to witness this, I would be very adamant about this time only being the wedding couple and photographer only. You will not have your real reaction when your mother and friends are watching. Trust me.
Think about standard photography during weddings, including all the weddings you’ve been in. The photographer has to get all your bridal party shots and of course, the whole family (on both sides no less) because the whole family is never together, your mom has insisted on it, all the while the sun is going down. This is the most stressful time for the photographer because no one listens and family members are not where they are supposed to be during family photo time. So your photographer has just been trying to deal with your family, (you know how they are) for over an hour and the wedding couple has been here for this hour too.. All they want to do is go to the reception and start partying, but the photographer wants you to go somewhere alone to capture a few shots too.
It would be so much easier, if you get ready, have a first look by yourself, take an hour to shoot around your location or drive to a location for a totally different look. Then add the wedding party. You can tell immediate family members exactly what time and where to be and stagger the times. It’s best to be finished an hour before the start time of the wedding. Then after the wedding, all that needs to be done is the large family photos. Takes about an hour, then boom, reception time.
Not only does this run more efficiently, the wedding party always behaves better during this time too because there is no open bar yet. You also have enough photos to fill your album and your wedding hasn’t even started yet. And believe me, you will be nervous and the person waiting for you at the end of the aisle still gives you the reaction you want.
Julia + Erik got married at Freedom Park in Charlotte, October 24, 2010. I was only a wedding photography year in, so I couldn’t fully enjoy the best thing about this wedding, because I didn’t realize it was the best thing yet! Hindsight is 20/20, right?
Julia and Erik were out in the crowd before they got married, they were saying hello and hugging everyone, yes.. two and half years later, it still brings tears to my eyes. It was really magical, the love in the air was electric. No other bride has done this, it was amazing to witness. And some people might poo poo the idea but walking down the aisle to get married is magical no matter, if you live together, you are already married, you just saw each other ten minutes ago.. it’s still butterflies and nerves!!
“Ready for girly omg-my-wedding-photographer-was-so-awesome gushiness? Yeah? Good, cos here we go.
First let me just say, I like Tonya. A lot. She’s hilarious, confident, cute, and extremely personable. Southern Belle-ish with a healthy dose of punkrawk. I also like Tonya’s photography a lot – it, too, is hilarious, colorful, poppy. She loves crooked angles, peeling sign paint, pirates, graffiti and bright colors, so her taste and mine align.
But it’s the Loooove and zeal she has for shooting that really makes her special. She gets into a zone and just goes and goes, gets the most cantakerous gramps to smile for el camara, cuts a lame joke to get a real smile (and it works! time after time!), all while showing up at every damn moment of your entire weekend, cute outfit on, camera in hand, smiling and hugging and buying you cocktails and telling you you’re gorgeous.
All for a reasonable price. Effing awesome.”
Courtney + Jamie had a beautiful ceremony, it started with a quick text asking me to mark my calendar for a Thursday three weeks from now! Marked on calendar! Done. You had me at wedding at NoDa Brewery.
This was a small intimate ceremony with friends and family. They had one of their friends play guitar and sing a couple of songs, one of their dearest friends as the officiant, complete with a sailor’s cap and full beard! Somewhere between Amish and ZZtop but it a sexy way.
Some of the most simplest weddings that I have seen have been the most romantic. Courtney’s dress came from a local vintage store in Charlotte, it was so beautiful, it was hand sewn with the original bride’s name stitched in. She wore second hand Chanel shoes and 50s housewife red lips. Yes, love and joy. Her groom Jamie, wore fitted trousers, monochromatic navy, complete with a driving cap with sexy tattoos sneaking out of his collar.
Beer was flowing freely, of course there was a special brew for the occassion Cozy Rose, a red ale. They had personalized candy bars, handmade buckeyes, a local food truck, The Tin Kitchen made homemade bbq pork stuff mac&cheese cupcakes and mini chicken pot pies and the Tin Kitchen offered their full menu for the wedding guest.
Every wedding I see the most brilliant ideas and of course it’s always simple, creative, where you say to yourself, why didn’t I think of that?
Last weekend Teddy & Hannah tied the knot at City Roots Farm in Columbia, they had family members make cake and pies that were their favorite or family member’s favorites.
Of course they were delicious, but the most delicious idea was the little printed recipe cards designed by Three Eggs Design, of course Hannah found them on Etsy. I don’t know why any wedding is cookie cutter these days. Thank you ETSY! Such a great idea and a beautiful wedding filled with sugar and love!
I’m sure the stereo type Bridezilla exisit because well, we’ve seen them on TV, but I have been very lucky to only have lovely brides and Miss Brittany was sheer delight. She is super smart with a giggly, girlfriend exterior with a wicked sense of humor. Yes, doesn’t she sound awesome? We traipsed all over Charlotte shooting everywhere from the Common Market, parking decks and churches in her beautiful mermaid dress. I had to get her before she ran off to Mexico with her hot Russian for the real thing. Thanks Brittany, can’t wait for the big day.