Every single person, man or woman, has their own idea of what is really important to them about their wedding. They have some vision, whether they realize it or not, of the moment that will make it feel like their wedding day, that will bring it all home. For Justin and I, it was actually saying the words to the traditional wedding vows out loud, the utterance of “I do” that really made it click that this was it. I think it is so so important for each couple to figure out what their thing is, so that they can decide which traditions to keep and which traditions to toss so that their wedding fits them exactly right!
For many couples, seeing each other for the first time when the bride walks down the aisle is less important to them than having the opportunity to connect with one another prior to their ceremony. This is where the First Look comes in. Still rife with all of the drama of seeing each other for the first time, it also provides some time apart to savor the connection and the anticipation of the day privately (okay, semi-privately since I’m there!).
Louie and Mary Elisa chose to share a First Look!! In keeping with their edgy rock-and-roll feel, we found a fabulous gritty grey wall in a parking lot to use as our backdrop and let the magic unfold!
And of course, the other great thing about a First Look is that it creates time before the ceremony for fantastic photos!! Rather than trying to squeeze as many portraits as possible into the time alotted between the ceremony and reception (you know, the time where all of your guests are waiting for you and you are ready to get to the partying!), doing a First Look allows you to have time to do some portraits of just the two of you, and then bring in the wedding party, all before the ceremony! Louie and Mary Elisa rocked out the grey wall a bit longer and then we were off to find some fantastic New England foliage! Are they not insanely gorgeous!?!?
We found that amazing foliage at a local cemetery! I know, I know, but it was totally gorgeous and not remotely morbid (though it was impossible to resist cracking a few “’til death do we part” jokes!) and the light…OH the light!! Scrumptious to say the least!
Before you ask, yes- they did, indeed, look this good in real life!
I love this alternate angle that Emy shot!
Um, New Hampshire fall foliage, anyone?
The fellas always get neglected in the glamour that IS the bride, but we just couldn’t deny Louie his limelight when he was looking so dapper!
I just can’t get over our good fortune in finding a building with Louie & Mary Elisa’s initials on it…so fun!!!
Wedding party time at the fab grey wall!! I absolutely LOVE that Mary Elisa had bridesmen and well as bridesmaids!
When there is time scheduled in for portraits, there is time to have a little fun and mess around…
A few last shots at the church (we even had a little fun there!)…
…and it’s ceremony time next!!