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Hi, I'm Julie ... artist, photographer, potter, etc. I am so happy you are here! I consider this blog my creative journal where I can share my recent work, ideas and dreams, and lots of little details about my life. Please make yourself at home. Whether you are a bride-to-be, a photographer, or just a visitor, I hope you will find inspiration here and even become a friend.

Wedding :: Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer

I really love it when couples make time for portriats of just the two of them on the wedding day.  It's an easy thing to over-look ... especially when you don't see each other before the ceremony.  Time for portriats after the ceremony is just pressed ... you want to get on to the reception to visit with family and friends and I certainly don't want to keep you.  But, these pictures ... of just the brand new bride and groom ... they are so special.  And they are so worth making time for. 

This is why I encourage a "first look" before the ceremony.  There are so many wonderful things about doing it ... I have created a bullet style list of them ...

*Seeing each other before the ceremony is a "new tradition" that has a sweetness and intimacy that no other wedding tradition embodies in the same way.

*It's the only chance you'll have the whole day to actually talk to each other and be alone together.

*It doesn't make the ceremony moment any less exciting.  When you walk down the aisle with all your guest there ... that moment will still be amazing.

*If you tend to get nervous ... seeing him or her before the ceremony is a sure fire way to calm down.  It's a sweet opportunity to remind yourself what the day is all about and let the nerves fade away.

*The tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony is actually based on a really lame practice:  Weddings used to serve families as business deals.  Daughters were like property and fathers wanted them to marry into wealthy families.  Betrothed brides and grooms weren't allowed to see one another at all in fear that the groom would not be attracted to her and call off the wedding - bringing shame on the bride and her family. 

*And finally ... seeing each other before the ceremony makes the time-line of the day smoother.  Which might not seem like much before hand ... but after experiencing all kinds of weddings ... this is one you can just trust me on.  It's worth it to make the day flow smoother!

 

That said ... I want to share a beautiful session of a couple who did a "first look" as an entire session a couple of weeks before the wedding day.  It was AMAZING!!!!  To have an entire session dedicated to making these gorgeous images was unbelievable.  It was a little bit cold and it actually snowed a flake or two.  But the light was soft and Olivia was so glowy and beautiful!  I have since also photographed their wedding ... so there will be a TON more pictures from the actual wedding day coming soon. 

The actual "first look" moment:

Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography

Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography

Olivia's bouquet and Justin's bouttonniere were made by Olivia's mom.  And Olivia did the head piece herself.  I knew from those amazing details that their wedding was going to be sensational.  (Well, I really knew that long before I saw the details).  And I was right!

Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
Olivia + Justin :: LOVE ALIVE :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Julie Roberts Photography
 

What do you think? Leave me some feedback!

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May 22, 2013Cathy
Love those pictures :) www.vindiebaby.com Vintage Inspired Girls
May 1, 2013Eric McCarty
Those last couple of cabin shots are stellar!
Apr 26, 2013Karen Calhoun
These pictures are beautiful. So glad I got to see them.
Apr 26, 2013Sara J
Absolutely gorgeous!! Olivia is breath taking! Love Love Love!!
Apr 25, 2013Laura T
Such a beautiful bride and handsome groom. Amazing as usual, Julie!
Apr 25, 2013Emily R.
Oh so lovely and perfectly THEM!!!
Apr 25, 2013Joanne Weck
These photos capture the spirit of Justin and OLivia and their relationship. Lovely.
Apr 25, 2013Trudi
These pictures are so beautiful!! I absolutely love their words added to the pics also!
Apr 25, 2013Kathryn and Francis Cuddihee
Beautiful! We loved our first look shoot that you did on our wedding day! I treasure those special moments that we had by ourselves on such a crazy, wonderful day! I highly recommend it and agree with all your bullet points : )
Apr 25, 2013Nancy KIrby
So Very Awesome!
 

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