|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.
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: