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Is a First Look Right For You?

A First Look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony on their wedding day. It is a term that has become more and more popular in wedding terminology, and it is a decision most couples have to make when discussing the timeline of the day with their wedding photographer. A lot of couples struggle with whether or not having a first look mainly because of tradition, and usually they do not know the background behind this tradition and the reasons why it was put in place.

In the past, the groom waited to see his bride until she was walking down the aisle; a tradition that originated with arranged marriages. In fact, the bride and groom did not see or meet before their wedding day at all so they wouldn’t have be able to back out once they saw what each other looked like. Crazy right!? I believe that is a couple’s personal decision whether or not to have a first look, and I also believe in educating and preparing my clients so that they can make the best decisions related to their wedding. Even though I waited to see my husband until I walked down the aisle 11 years ago, I wouldn’t have done so if someone would have taken the time to explain the real purpose behind this tradition, and the benefits of having a first look. Also, all I wanted to do when I walked down the aisle was to hug him, kiss him, tell him how much I loved him and how handsome he looked, ask him if he liked how I looked and just be together. Instead, all we got to do was hold hands and the ceremony began. Based on my experience as a past bride and as a photographer, I strongly believe having a first look is the best option for several reasons. Here are a few:

1. You get the chance to share a special private moment of connection between the two of you…

One thing any wedding vendor knows for a fact, is that a wedding day is hectic, especially after the ceremony, and most couples do not get to stop and talk to each other privately and share the emotions and feelings they are experiencing. Once you walk down the aisle every moment is very scheduled and sometimes even rehearsed. Every time that I shoot a First Look it’s so special because the bride and the groom get to express their feelings without all the guests present and looking which puts pressure on the couple. It is one of my favorite moments of the day because the moment is that special and the connection I get to capture is so real! After the First Look we usually take photos of the bride and groom during and after so that your couple portraits are out of the way. We also like to photograph the bridal party right after the First Look; that way the bridal party can get to enjoy the cocktail hour.

2. Enjoy more time…

You can get your formal photos out of the way before the ceremony. After the First Look, we usually take photos of the bride and groom so that your couple portraits are out of the way. We also like to photograph the bridal party and your family right after the First Look so that way the bridal party and your family can get to enjoy the cocktail hour. The bridal party and family can wait in transportation or meet the couple at the First Look location.

Below are two scenarios showing a schedule with and without a First Look…

Photography portrait schedule if you do a First Look:

– (2.5 hours before ceremony) First look then Bride & Groom portraits alone
– (1.5 hours before the ceremony) Bride & Groom portraits with bridal party
– (1 hour before the ceremony) Portraits with families
* You will be done with portraits approximately 30 min before the ceremony giving you time to freshen up and get ready to walk down the aisle.

Photography portrait schedule if you don’t do a First Look:

– (1 .5 hours before ceremony) Bride and Bridesmaids portraits
– (1 hour before ceremony) Groom and Groomsmen portraits
– (30 min. before the ceremony) Pause portraits to give you time to freshen up.   At this time guest start to arrive.
– (Right after the ceremony) Family portraits
– (30 min. after ceremony) Bridal party portraits
– (1 hour after ceremony) Bride and Groom portraits alone
– (1.5 hours after ceremony) Done with portraits

3. You will be able to attend the cocktail hour…

One of the main concerns of couples that choose not to do a First Look is not being able to enjoy the cocktail hour and greet their guests, and that is a legitimate concern because most likely they will not be able to do so due to time restraints. When we do the majority of the photos before the ceremony, the schedule opens up more allowing you to attend some if not all of the cocktail hour to enjoy some time with your guests, bridal party, and family.

4. You will feel more relaxed and able to you enjoy the rest of your day and soak it all in…

One of the things I hear the most from my couples is that after the First Look their stress went away and that their nerves were gone for the ceremony. Like I mentioned before, a wedding day is very scheduled after the ceremony, and most couples do not get a chance to soak it all in by themselves. A First Look allows you to do that, and in addition, you will get beautiful photos of that special moment.

Those are my top reasons why I believe a First Look is the way to go based on my experience as a bride first and as a photographer; it is now up to you to balance the pros and the cons, and see if a First Look is right for you. If after balancing the options, you are not set on having a First Look, then make sure you communicate this to your photographer so that they can help you come up with the best wedding day timeline. As for myself, I go with what your wishes are, so if a couple decides they don’t want a First Look, I will help them come up with the ideal timeline that accommodates their wishes as best possible; after all it is your wedding and I am there to guide, support you, and capture all the beautiful moments of your union.

Talking about beautiful moments, here are some photos we have captured of our couples during their First Look…

I would love to hear your comments and questions in the comments section below!

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 xo, Ly Sué

 

ENGAGEMENT SERIES GIVEAWAY… Captured & Engaged!

 

Captured and Engaged Giveaway

Hi there! 2016 sure is off to a great start, and I am beyond thrilled to share some of the exciting projects in the works here at LH PHOTOGRAPHY!
So without further ado… (drumroll, please!)

We’ve partnered with Eleven Note, The Busy Bee Events and Design, and an amazing team of wedding creatives for a unique Engagement Session Series Giveaway called CAPTURED & ENGAGED!  Myself along with a team of hand picked wedding artists will professionally style and photograph the engagement session of four madly in love couples throughout 2016.

Our first giveaway called “Home Is Wherever I’m With You” is an at home engagement session, and you can enter to win today!

Enter the giveaway and read more about our vision below, and stay tuned as we announce the amazing wedding creatives that will be joining us for Captured & Engaged!

How to enter:

Fill out this questionnaire to officially enter

What are your names?

Your Email

Instagram Profile

Mailing Address

Wedding Date

Wedding Venue

Have you hired any wedding professionals at this point? If so, please list their name(s) and role(s) below:

Attach a picture of yourself and your fiancé doing your favorite activity together at home

Tell us about yourselves, and what do you love most about doing this activity together.

Good luck!!!

The giveaway will close on Feb 8th  2016, and the winner will be announced on Instagram on Feb 14th 2016!

 Our Vision and Inspiration:

Captured & Engaged is the tale of four recently engaged couples deeply captured by their love for one another. It’s a story of their journey of engagement as they prepare to share the rest of their lives together and is designed to inspire other recently engaged couples considering ways to celebrate their love. It provides an opportunity for real couples to share their love stories with the world, told through inspirational compositions designed, styled, and captured by a hand selected team of wedding creatives! Our first giveaway, “Home Is Wherever I’m With You”, will tell the story of a couple through beautiful imagery in an at home setting focusing on their bond and love for one another!

Some terms & conditions:

  • The couple must be available all day in Central Florida the day of the photoshoot on Thursday March 31st 2016.
  • Only one entry per couple
  • This contest is open to all couples over the age of 21
  • Liability will not be assumed for any entries lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties
  • Couples that have already booked with LH Photography, Eleven Note, or The Busy Bee Events and Design or that are in an existing contract with another photographer, stationer, or event planner cannot apply to win.
  • Only the couple might be present the day of the engagement session.
  • Any travel expenses must be covered by the couple.

Cannot wait to hear from you!

xo,

Ly Sué, Siuleth, Shannon, and Jenna

NOELLA + PATRICK engaged

i am so excited to share noella and patrick’s engagement session! they met through mutual friends, and noella’s only requirement and question to her friend prior to setting up the date was if patrick had dogs, and he did so the rest is history, and they are just perfect for each other! noella is an interior designer, and had great props for this bohemian inspired beach engagement session at new smyrna beach. we had a great time styling it together, and wanted to choose 2 locations that best represented the couple since noella is an interior designer and patrick is a lawyer. that’s why we chose new smyrna beach and the sugar mill ruins. also, new smyrna beach is one of their favorite spots to visit so it was perfect to take their engagement photos there. the sugar mill ruins gave us a great background for a more polished look in contrast to the bohemian feel of the beach scene. i hope you enjoy the photos!

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THE NOT WEDDING SAVE THE DATE SHOOT

i am so excited to share with you guys the save the date shoot we did for the not wedding! as some of you know the not wedding is not your typical wedding show; it’s a bridal show in the form of a fake wedding in which an already married couple can renew their vows, pretty cool right! as part of it, i had the chance to shoot the save the date shoot with an amazing team of vendors (credits below!) who poured their talents to make it so beautiful! thanks guys!!!

this is also how i got to meet tina and roy who flew straight from la for this shoot! they are highschool sweethearts from fl, and one of the most amazing people i’ve had the chance to meet! they’re love is contagious, so it was a breeze to capture these photos for them. later, i found out that the day of our shoot was the day they found out they were pregnant with their first baby! it is so amazing to know that they get to keep and treasure these photos forever; just fills my heart with joy! pssst: the “wine” tina was drinking was sparkling grape juice 😉 tina and roy, i hope you enjoy these images for many years to come!!!! xo ly sué

vendors who made this possible: concept + photography: lh photography | hair and makeup: ali lee artistry | concept: eleven note | stationery and signs: sprinkles design | flowers: cloud 9 wedding flowers | macarons: le macaron french pastries | venues and shops: the venue orlando, east end market, local roots, old inc, porch therapy

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THE NOT WEDDING ENGAGEMENT SESSION WINNER!

we are so excited to announce that our engagement session winner is samantha santos!

we will be emailing the winner in the next couple of days with more info, and also emailing a special offer to all of those who signed up at our booth! thanks so much to all of those who came to say hi to us at the event. xoxo!

ps. yay to randomizer for letting us select a random winner so easily!

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RACHEL + ANGEL engaged

rachel is a great friend of mine, and the creative genius behind stems and things. she is also a talented interior designer, and her fiancé angel is an intern architect; yep, a match made in design heaven! as you might know i am also an interior designer, so when i get to combine 2 of my passions i get super excited!!! of course could not have chosen a better place to shoot than the southern college in lakeland with most of it’s buildings designed by one of my favorite architects frank lloyd wright! needless to say, besides the humidity (thanks florida!), we were in architecture and photography heaven! i hope you enjoy the photos 🙂

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BECKA + ROBBI engaged

we (my husband and i) had never met anyone that had started dating their significant other before the 10th grade, which is when we started dating back in the day! up until now!!!!! becka and robbi started dating when they were in 8th grade, can you believe that! and they are still literally inseparable and so darn cute together! our engagement session at wekiva springs was so much fun; we got to get in the super cold refreshing water and had a great time together! i hope you enjoy the photos 🙂

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ANGEL + RYAN engaged

angel has become a good friend since we worked in interior design together (that’s how we met). so I am beyond excited to be able to be part of this phase in their lives! funny story…right before the session, it was storming to the point we were ready to re-schedule then all of a sudden it cleared out and the sun came out shining!…crazy! gotta love florida weather! 🙂

location: kraft azalea park + casa feliz

 

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