Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wedding Traditions

Some wedding traditions & superstitions are so engrained in our culture that we don’t even think to question them. But do you know why a bride tosses the bouquet over her head? For what possible reason would a couple save a layer of cake in their freezer for a year? And why do brides go to such lengths to keep their grooms from seeing their dresses before it’s time to walk down the aisle? Here, some are below in the links to help you find ways to incorporate tradition into your special day along with a few fun, modern twists.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

More Reasons for the First Look or the First Glance

Successfully Capturing Your "First Look" on Video  
Authored by: Janice Celeste

Photo Credited to
by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography
Should the groom see the bride before the ceremony on their wedding day, or will it mean bad luck? All superstition aside, many couples are forgoing the tradition of avoiding each other before the wedding and instead choosing to capture the moment on video and in photographs. Often called “The First Look” or “The First Glance” reveal, this alternative gives a couple time to connect emotionally before the whirlwind of their wedding day begins, and ensures ample photography time for fantastic images.
The Tradition: The idea that the groom should withhold from seeing the bride before the ceremony dates back to when arranged marriages were typical. This custom developed during a time when a groom often met his bride for the first time on their wedding day, and it was feared that if the groom didn’t like the physical appearance of his bride, he might not show up for the ceremony.
Even a woman who is not superstitious may have long cherished the idea of an “Aisle Reveal” – the moment when the groom sees her as a bride for the first time at the end of the aisle. Many couples will employ a second photographer to capture the reaction of both the bride and the groom. The First look isn't right for everyone, but if you are open to it, there are many advantages to taking this route.
The Twist: For couples who value their photos and video highly, the First Look provides extra time to capture great images, and can be done in a way that is equally memorable and romantic as the traditional Aisle Reveal. The couple can enjoy one-on-one time before the ceremony, and accomplishing formal photos early can diminish the stress of the day. Houses of worship will often restrict the photo/video team from the altar area in the front of the church, which can make getting a first-reaction shot of the groom difficult. The First Look reveal is the perfect solution for restrictive ceremony locations. Also, Jewish couples traditionally see each other prior to the ceremony for the Ketubah signing, and planning a First Look adds an element of romance to moment.
Making it Memorable: When the groom sees his bride for the first time in all of her glory, the moment should be a special one and documented accordingly. In many cases, the groom will have his back to the bride as she approaches, then turn to see his wife-to-be. Some grooms opt to be blindfolded to add an element of fun to the reveal. This is an emotional way to keep the traditional surprise, and yet maximize your time.
You can also keep the element of walking down the aisle when doing your First Look at the ceremony location. Before the ceremony, the groom stands at the altar with his back to the aisle as the bride prepares to walk toward him. Close family members can be invited to witness the reveal while sitting in the pews. Once the bride reaches the groom, she taps him on the shoulder, he turns, and the moment is captured on film. One bride with whom I worked wore one gown for the First Look, and then surprised her husband by wearing another for the ceremony. Other options include having a groom stand behind a door which the bride then opens, or to have the bride concealed behind a curtain. One bride wanted to pop out of a box to surprise her husband-to-be!

Whichever route you choose; the moment you see your beloved for the first time on your wedding day will be amazing -- no matter where or when it takes place.

Authored by: Janice Celeste

First Look or the First Glance

After reading this we are going to do the First Look & here is why...
Rights to Erica M Photography

Wedding days should be full of emotion. Wedding days should not be stressful. But let’s face reality, they are. This is why I ask all my clients if they are interested in doing a first look. The first look adds so much beautiful emotion and happiness to a wedding day and alleviates SO much stress, it’s hard to know where to start raving about it!
Well let’s start from the beginning…from the ancient tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other before the ceremony. Many people don’t realize the reason for this was because the bride and groom had NEVER seen each other before the ceremony! It was so the groom, quite frankly, wouldn’t split! Luckily we’ve progressed and in our modern society, marriages (for the most part) aren’t arranged. We CHOOSE to marry the one we love. And we can choose to see them before the ceremony!
Whenever I photograph a couple that chooses not to see each other before the ceremony I try to put myself in their shoes. The bride walks down the aisle to her soon to be husband. They are both completely nervous with all these guests staring at them. The bride reaches the front of the church. Her father is standing between her and her future husband. Her father gives her away and she moves to stand next to her husband. They don’t touch. They don’t talk. They can’t tell each other how amazingly beautiful the other looks. They can’t tell the other how incredibly excited they are to be getting married. They can’t hug, they can’t kiss, they can’t embrace. They can’t have a moment to themselves. After the ceremony is over they are immediately approached by all their loving relatives to be congratulated. This continues into the reception and throughout the night. They never have a moment just to themselves. I’ve been told by many people that your wedding day goes by in such a big blur, that sometimes it’s hard to remember everything. If you do a first look you have time scheduled to slow down and appreciate what this day is all about…being madly in love with the person you’re about to marry!
Some people are concerned that a first look takes away from the emotion of the bride walking down the aisle and being given away by her father. It doesn’t. The bride being escorted by her father creates a completely different kind of emotion. I see grooms choked up in a totally different way than they were when they saw their bride for the first time. Your groom is also prone to have a more natural reaction as you approach him – he’s calm because he has already seen you…instead of being nervous while seeing you for the first time with the stress of 200 guests staring at him!
So how does the first look work? After you are both all done up and dressed for the wedding, we position the groom facing away from where the bride will appear behind him. She approaches him while we capture the happy anticipation on his face. She usually touches (or grabs!) his arm and turns him around. And we the photographers capture, from a distance, all the emotion! You two get to hug, embrace, and savor this moment as long as you want…without the pressure of your guests watching you. You get to talk, laugh, cry (and reapply your makeup before the ceremony!) and we’re there to capture it all!
Another reason to do the first look is that it reduces stress so much! Not only will you be less nervous walking down the aisle, it makes the day run much more smoothly. After we do a first look we do portraits of the bride and groom together. We have plenty of time for creative portraits that you will treasure forever! Then we get the whole bridal party together and do all of the formal photos with them, and then formal photos with your immediate family. We stop taking photos at least 30 minuets before the ceremony starts so you can tuck yourselves away, usually separately, without being seen by guests. The only formal photos we have left after the ceremony are any large family photos, which take about 30 minutes. When you do a first look everyone gets to the reception quickly and your guests aren’t sitting there waiting for two hours because guess what, we did all the photos before the ceremony! Of course it is possible to do all the photos after the ceremony but they are always rushed, which means as a photographer I’m not as creative as I could be, and you’re not getting the photos you could be! You’d also be getting photos taken when you’d rather be celebrating with your guests, which stresses you out!
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