Cheryl & Mark
Sun Valley, California
From the photographer: “It was a gorgeous and sunny day in August when Cheryl and Mark for the first time were announced as husband and wife. Their beautiful celebration took a place at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Cheryl for her wedding chose an ivory color, beautiful and puffy gown, and a beaded lace jacked as her top. Her shoes were mesh with rhinestone and looked very cute. As for the bouquet, she went for simplicity. It was a beautifully styled bouquet out of white and yellow colored roses.
One of the biggest things Cheryl and Mark were proud of was their big and fun bridal party. They had seven bridesmaids and groomsmen, plus a true handsome ring bearer. Bridesmaids were wearing coral color dresses and had bright yellow color orchid bouquets. The groom and his groomsmen wore gray color tuxedos with yellow color boutonnieres, looking handsome and stylish. There were a lot of delicate, fun and unexpected moments at the wedding.
A breathtaking incident occurred right before the ceremony when Cheryl’s dad came to give her a blessing. When Cheryl and her dad saw each other they wept in tears and hugged each other shearing their heart feelings. A very unexpected moment happened right before Mark had his right to kiss Cheryl for the first time. He took out a spray from his jacket and sprayed his mouth before kissing Cheryl. Everyone was insanely laughing seeing this to happen.
It was also hilarious when Cheryl and Mark and the rest of the bridal party walked down the aisle. They had these big and funny glasses. They put them on and showed their moves while walking down. At the end of their beautiful celebration, excited like never before, Cheryl and Mark walked down the path while their guests were waving sparklers and giving them blessings. The newlyweds jumped into a red Mustang and took off to their lovely honeymoon.” — Tomas Skaringa of The Big Affair
When you hire a photographer for your wedding, you probably have a few specific shots in mind: the father/daughter dance, the cutting of the cake, the bouquet toss, the first kiss – but what about some of the newer options in wedding photography? Will you opt for your photographer to capture the first look between you and your betrothed before the ceremony begins? How about something a little bit personal?
These extra wedding photo opportunities are cropping up with more frequency on the wedding scene, but here’s my take on which ones to try and which ones to skip:
More and more couples are looking to have a little fun with their engagement photo shoots, but is it an expense you should shell out? In short, yes. Some photographers will throw in an engagement photo shoot as a part of a larger package, and it’s a fun opportunity to score some high-end professional photos of you and your fiancé in non-wedding attire. You can really show off who you are as a couple and use those photos for pre-wedding purposes, such as save-the-dates. I’m not saying that your wedding photos won’t be personal and fun, but your lack of restrictions during an engagement shoot can really work to your advantage. Take this opportunity to go to your favorite park, candy shop or museum. Just make sure you check up on photo restrictions first.
Though some couples hold to the tradition that a groom shouldn’t see his bride until she walks down the aisle, traditions aren’t for everybody. In fact, many couples have attested that doing a “first look” (meeting with your fiancé before you walk down the aisle) is a great way to cool nerves before you get wrapped up in the flurry of the day. But should you have your photographer there during that deeply personal moment? Honestly, you won’t even notice the photographer, but you will wish you had a picture of your face when you first see your fiancé on your wedding day. It’s a moment worth documenting as the photos are always beautiful. It’s not a hassel for your photographer to add that to the list of must-have shots during the day, and you’ll be glad you asked for them.
A new trend in intimate wedding photography takes it up from the popular pre-wedding bridal boudoir photo shoot and steps right into the honeymoon suite on the morning-after the wedding. Some couples have now opted to have a photographer present during their up-close-and-personal first hours as a married unit. Though the resulting photos tend to be tasteful in that they never feature a naked bride and groom, the sexy nature of the activities captured is definitely implied. Unlike the first look, this is one intimate moment that will probably end up more staged than sweet, and it’s not exactly a photo album you can keep on the coffee table. As exciting as this sounds, you can’t possibly imagine how tired you’re going to be the night of and morning-after your wedding day. The last thing I would want to deal with on the morning after my nuptials is posing for more photos. Leave this trend behind and sleep in if you can.
The First Look is when the Bride and Groom decide to see each other before the ceremony. For centuries the groom was not to see his bride until after the vows have been made and the couple married. That’s right, the veil was actually used to hide the bride until the marriage was complete. In the middle ages, arranged marriages were the norm. The Parents would not let the Bride or Groom see each other to guarantee the wedding would occur. Or to ensure the soon to be Bride or Groom wouldn’t get cold feet after seeing the other.