Love for Lily 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball Benefit

Happy Fat Tuesday, y’all! We hope wherever you are, your heart is in Louisiana today! Ours most definitely is so in honor of Mardi Gras we wanted to share a festive charity event we photographed this past Fall for the wonderful Love for Lily non-profit foundation. In honor of the little girl they lost much too soon in 2011, Sahra & Ted created their foundation to provide personal and financial support to other Denver-area families who are having to go through a similar, often devastating experience when they have children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Make sure you read their story in their own words though, as we could never do it justice.

Their largest and, one could argue most fun, fundraising event takes place annually and is the Masquerade Ball. Guests purchase tickets and there’s a great silent auction, as well as a little live one. They get dressed up, don their favorite fancy masks and come out to celebrate a magical evening with cocktails, delicious bites, sweet treats and of course, a photo booth! A local DJ provides the tunes and the party often goes into the wee hours of the a.m. There are also locally made and handmade masks available for purchase if you “forgot” yours.

Sahra (pregnant with her second!) is owner and lead designer of Swoon Jewelry based in Louisville, here in Colorado. Both of us have purchased some of her gorgeous work at the many local arts & craft fairs. Bill’s purchases might have been for Anne (lucky girl!), but she also makes manly stuff for men like cuff links and sterling silver monogrammed guitar picks! (Wouldn’t those just make fantastic groomsmen gifts?)

When we learned they didn’t have a photographer for the 2014 ball, we jumped at the chance to help out. Little ones born too soon have had a close place in our heart ever since our friends, Stephanie and Karl lost their twins and created the Jack & Abby Foundation in their honor. (Side note, we took photos of their third, Matthew, just after he was born and the two butterflies you see in his crib photos represent his brother and sister who will always be with him in spirit.)

We loved getting to be a part of it this year – what a fun and fabulous idea for a party. Who doesn’t love a masquerade ball?

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Now don’t let this Mardi Gras pass you by without a hurricane or at least a sazerac, y’all!

Event Photography at The Broadmoor Hotel

Event Photography at The Broadmoor Hotel

While most of our work is in wedding photography (now in Colorado and of course still in our old haunts of Washington, DC and Virginia), we welcome the occasional change of pace with commercial event photography. Our dear friend Jessica from Design Foundry called a while back and inquired about photography for a corporate event at the elegant Broadmoor Hotel. It’s always nice working with people you know, and we loved getting to work with her incredible team, especially on this side of the country! These colorful images are from a closing night party for a association conference group and the British-inspired time-traveling fashion show, along with all the amazing London “neighborhoods” were so much fun to photograph. Seriously, that fashion show was so, so cool. Loads of fun, and we can’t wait to photograph more events and of course, some gorgeous weddings back at the Broadmoor soon!

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Jess even found a mini-cooper for rent so she knew she had to drive it in.

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Complete with a Broadmoor food truck!

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Thanks so much, Annie & Jessica for having us out to capture such an incredible party. What a treat and we look forward to working with you all again soon!

Cheers,
…a&b

Nederland Frozen Dead Guy Days

Nederland Frozen Dead Guy Days

Cities live and die by their culture, and Nederland, a small mountain town close to Boulder, is no exception. Over a decade ago, the town, in a light-hearted homage to a respected elderly resident now entombed in 1600 lbs/yr of dry ice, started Ned Frozen Dead Guy Days.  Complete with a hearse parade,  polar plunge, casket races, and frozen turkey bowling, among other activities–signals, sometimes with the merest hint–of Spring’s arrival. Since it snowed heavily the day before, we’re asserting Spring’s still a little slumberous as there was plenty of snow (thankfully more snow than mud, as it’s been in years past).

 

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A side note about these snowballs (above). I managed, without press credentials, to get into an area where I could get better shots of the race. People had been throwing a few snowballs back and forth all morning and a couple of people threw some that landed close to me. I held up my arms, hands about two feet apart and in the direction of the throwers, to illustrate maybe they should work on their aim.

Then the deluge happened. The crowd, previously somewhat bored with waiting for the next event, all joined in the heretofore meager accuracy effort. For a few minutes, I became the target of thankfully mostly similarly inaccurate snowball throwers. I taunted the crowd just enough, and of course took photos of the incoming snowballs. I got hit a mere four times and after a spell, stood and threw my arms up in surrender to the crowd’s cheers. The organizers had added an event without even planning it, the Throw-Snowballs-at-the-Photojournalist. I’m sure they’ll find another stringer next year and make it official.

 

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Best coffin of the race (above). I love that the rider wore a gas mask.

 

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The pink socks, a group of engineering students at CU, have become known for their winning ways, grabbing the trophy again this year.

This was our first year attending, and thanks to our friends Kelly & Mike for the ride and tips. It was gobs of awesomeness. We’ll be back.

Styled Wedding Shoot for The Hook at Clifton Inn

Styled Wedding Shoot for The Hook at Clifton Inn

We were pretty stoked when Stephanie Marie of The Hook and the Fete blog called to ask us to collaborate on a shoot she was planning for  The Hook’s upcoming wedding issue, which just hit stands. If you’re in the Charlottesville area and would like a little inspiration for your own wedding, we think the issue turned out beautifully with a wide variety of different ideas put into play and photographed at the gorgeous Clifton Inn. We’re delighted to have been a part of it!

Art direction: Amanda Gray of Ashley Baber Weddings
Styling: Stephanie Marie of The Hook
Stationery and calligraphy: Katie Barr of Tucked Letterpress
Florist: Southern Blooms
Donuts: Carpe Donut
Cupcakes: Sweethaus
Hair & make-up: Jeanne Cusick
Bartender: Micah with Bluelight Grill with assistance from Tom Daly
Furniture rentals: Stonegate
Wedding dresses: Bella Rosa Bridal and Celebrations Bridal
Bridesmaid attire: Rent the Runway
Menswear: The Mens & Boys Shop

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President Obama Visits Charlottesville

President Obama Visits Charlottesville

Irrespective of one’s political persuasions, it’s always pretty darn cool when the President visits your hometown (unless, of course you live in Washington, DC). Such was the case when President Obama came to Charlottesville on his brief college-town tour this week. We had the opportunity to hear him speak at the Pavilion, but alas couldn’t get much closer than this during his speech.

While the crowd was largely very enthusiastic, one particular audience member seemed somewhat less so.

Afterward, we stopped at Java Java for some cold beverages and soon found ourselves in a “secure area”. The secret service allowed everyone already within the area to stay while cordoning off the entire block. After hearing a rumor that President Obama was in fact still in town we all thought it was highly likely we might get to see him a little closer up than we did at his speech. After about 20-25 minutes, the man himself exited his black limo and surprised some very excited campaign staffers at the downtown headquarters two doors down from us.

When he emerged a few minutes later, we were thrilled to even get a glimpse of him. Imagine our surprise when not only did he look over at us all and wave, but proceeded to come over and say hi. What. A. Treat!

He worked the cheering crowd afterward before speeding away to the airport and back home. We managed to get off this shot and shake his hand.

At the far end is Sissy Spacek, one of many celebrities who call Charlottesville home. While the Secret Service agents obscured our view of the President at that particular moment, it was fun to watch her gush over meeting him just as much as anyone else present. We talked with her afterward about how sweet that moment was to the rest of us, and she replied, “Oh gosh, was it embarrassing?” Not at all, Sissy. Not at all.

AND she was kind enough to pose for a quick photo. Seriously….best Wednesday ever!

Oh, and please don’t forget to VOTE this November!!!

Peace and love,
…a&b

 

A Private Birthday Party at Mt. Ida Farm

A Private Birthday Party at Mt. Ida Farm

We don’t usually get an opportunity to photograph a birthday party, but this weekend-long celebration was too big (and way too much fun) to go without documenting it. So we headed off to Mt. Ida Farm on a recent Saturday, plus a couple of surrounding properties to capture all the festivities. Bill hit the beach early in the morning to see party guests arriving for a little lake time (and given this heat, it was a welcome treat!) While several massage therapists set up shop in individual tents adjacent to the shore, the leader of the Seal Team PT arrived with a small contingent of instructors from Richmond to give everyone a great morning workout and some team-building fun in the sun and surf (as much as a lake can have surf, anyway). It was so much fun for everyone, Bill later joined the Seal group for weekday workouts at O’Dark Thirty in Charlottesville and is enjoying his daily butt-kicking.

Later that afternoon, we both were at the farm to document the arrival of guests for a 50th birthday party that evening. It seemed just a little too standard to merely bus everyone to the barn for dinner that evening, so Crystal Whitaker, planner extraordinaire with The Event Company, managed to find five hot air balloons to transport guests from a nearby farm to Mt. Ida’s event barn. You could not have wiped the huge smiles off everyone’s faces as they disembarked from the baskets that evening as the warm sun slowly set. We’re including today only some fab detail shots with just a few people shots out of respect for the family’s privacy, but rest assured they were all having a blast that evening.

Mt. Ida Farm has some of the most amazing views in Albemarle county, and the rustic barn is perfect for private events including weddings. We can’t wait to shoot there again!

How cool would it be to get a massage with a view of the lake from here?

Everyone “enjoys” some push-ups with Seal Team PT to get the blood flowing.

Getting a little TLC afterward…

And then off to Mt. Ida Farm for the evening’s festivities! The birthday boy was, as you can see, a fan of cows.

Balloon prep and inflation to transport the party guests to the Mt. Ida Farm barn.

Here all the balloons are taking off from a nearby property. What a sight!

Arrival!

Real cow…..

Ice cow….which delivered shots of vodka. Pretty sure we liked this one better.

One balloon stayed that evening well past dusk to give people tethered rides who just didn’t quite get enough before. Which was just about everybody.

What’s a party without a cigar roller?

Or a body painter?

The birthday boy reacts to a roast song and dance routine from a group of his “supposed” friends. 😉

Dancing the night away…

 

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine’s Unveiled

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine’s Unveiled

Holy cow! Did ya’ll think we just up and fell off the face of the earth?! Well, not sure who said January was supposed to be a slower time of the year (ok, it was us), but between traveling for workshops (we’re looking at you Imaging USA & Foundation Workshop), potential client meetings with the newly engaged (congratulations lovebirds!), and some commercial & personal work, well, we’ve just been too darned pooped to populate this little ole’ blog. Mea culpa. We can’t thank you enough for your patience as we get back in the swing of things. We’ve got lots to share this Winter!

Now that we’re back, we’re so excited to share one of the super fun projects that kept us busy last month – the fourth annual Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled show held at the the Washington DC Mandarin Oriental! Not only did we have a booth (our very first bridal show if you can believe it), we were so honored to be asked to photograph the event on behalf of the magazine. Seeing as how it’s one of our absolute favorite wedding mags and the fact that the super duper team at Simply Chic Events would be designing it, how could we say no. (Is that really a champagne glass chandelier, ladies?!? Whoa!)

The show was filled with so many talented DC area wedding professionals, many of which we’re grateful to call friends. (Only those on the Best of List are invited to exhibit.) Seriously, most of the “booths” were off the charts gorgeous. (See a short slide show of a few favorites on the Washingtonian Bridal Party blog.) The highlight of the day, though had to be the runway show filled with the latest bridal fashions from Reem Acra via Saks Jandel. The fabulous and so sweet, Reem herself, was even on hand to greet brides to be and help orchestrate the flawless fashion show.

A special thanks to Rebecca Schwartz, Katharine Ragsdale, Eleni Savopoulos and of course, Jill Hudson and Catherine Merrill Williams for inviting us to be such a special part of this incredible event. You ladies have some serious talent and we couldn’t be more thrilled to get to work with you all. Be sure to check out more event photos on Washingtonion’s blog!, as well as some behind the scenes shots on Washingtonian’s blog.

And last, but not least, a big thanks to our fellow production team vendors:

Jamie Sears, Jessica Brown, Kate Harlan, Claire Ward & Cara Collins at Simply Chic Events
Booth-o-Rama
Suburban Video
Bialek’s Music
Edge Floral & Event Design
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Kelci House
Regal Limousine
DC Rental
Linder & Associates Event Architects
Say Cheese Props
Mandarin Oriental
Carl Ray at George Salon
Christophe
The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel
Pamela Brown of WJLA
the aba agency

A few of our favorites from the day…

Numbers associated with the door prizes were hung with crystals from a “floral tree” at the entrance.

Our booth! Thanks to Fabrication Events and AFR for the draping and furniture and to Multiflor for the flowers.

Maggie Austin is the house baker for the Mandarin Oriental and cranked out yet another beautiful, delicate cake for the event. She’s a powerhouse!

The registration area greeted attendees as they descended the escalator steps.

Our awesome team! Thanks so much to previous brides (l-to-r) Karen, Maya, and Liz for manning our booth while we were off shooting the rest of the event. You. Ladies. Rock!

Acrobats on stilts cut down glasses one by one for attendees to fill with champagne as they entered! Crazy cool.

Panel Discussion lead by Kim Forrest of Washingtonian with Ray Bialek, Terri Eaves (Bash), Steve (Edge Floral) and Heidi Kallett (The Dandelion Patch)

Carl Ray and Cristophe took care of all the models’ make-up needs prior to the show.

Wiling away the time.

Reem Acra and her team put the finishing touches with direction for the dresser in preparation for the runway show.

Reem gets a spritz, as well!

Bill loves the shots Anne got backstage at the runway show.

Bill rocks the main runway…

while Anne rocks the side.

We also had some absolutely delighted door prize winners. We were talking about holiday trips out of the country for some of these lucky winners!

What an incredible show to be a part of. If you’ll be getting married in 2013 and beyond, we highly recommend attending the next Unveiled show. It’s sure to be gorgeous, inspiring and fun!

With Joy,
…a&b

 

Tori & Nick’s Wedding Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Tori & Nick’s Wedding Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Call it the perfect fit. You likely recall Tori & Nick’s gorgeous and colorful Keswick Hall wedding from this past Spring (album pics coming soon!). After their wedding, we were talking with the editors at Southern Living Weddings magazine, who fell in love with the couple (how could you not?) and the decor from their event. They just featured the happy couple’s wedding in their latest issue, and is now on newsstands everywhere, so go get yourselves a copy. Congratulations, Tori & Nick, on publication!

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Inspired Shoot :: A Garden Reception

Welcome back to the third and final installment of our inspiration shoot. For this last shoot we all got up at 5am (earlier for Jamie and her crew) to prepare everything, just for you :). It was a good idea we did though, as even at that early hour it was still quite warm and humid–a very typical Virginia summer. But everyone, especially our lovely talent, handled it with aplomb.

Everything turned out beautifully, and today we’re highlighting the happy couple’s intimate reception held in the hidden-gem-of-a-garden at the gorgeous Clifton Inn. If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out the proposal, and the engagement party. Oh, and the awesome feature on What Junebug Loves!

Once again, our sincere thanks to the fab team for donating their time, talent, and goods to make this everything it could be. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Venue: Clifton Inn
Event Design: Simply Chic Events
Floral Design: Pat’s Floral Designs
Make-Up: Lora Elaine Kelley
Hair: Jennifer with Elan
Stationary: Rock Paper Scissors
Wedding Cake: Mahlia’s Creations
Signage and Calligraphy: Nichole Creative
Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza
Groom’s Apparel: J. Crew

Love the guests names written on mirrored end tables!

Love the ombre!

Whoo-hoo! And the happy couple rides off into the sunset. Or to lunch. Either way, they’re doing it in style thanks to our ’85 Baby Benz making its debut appearance. 🙂

It was worth all the sleep deprivation (yawn), mosquito bites (ouch), blood (damn mosquitos), sweat (lots of it) and tears (happy ones to be sure) –  we are so incredibly psyched about how fun this shoot was with everyone and feel so lucky and honored to have been a part of it all. Above all, we want to thank to the fabulous ladies of Simply Chic Events – Jamie, Jessica, Kate & Claire – it was ultimately your dream and inspiration and we can’t thank you enough for including us as collaborators on your shoot and trusting us to capture your vision. So when can we do it all again? Ha! ;-D

With Great Joy,
…a&b

Inspired Shoot :: An Engagement Party

Welcome back happy people! Did you get to check out the first part of our inspired shoot, a picnic proposal yesterday? Today we’re sharing the happy couple’s engagement party, hosted by Maya & Josh, who have gotten some press here of late, celebrating their anniversary, a Junebug feature, and of course their own wedding! We found Clifton Inn’s Colina Farm house to be the perfect setting for the festivities that evening.

We can’t thank our incredible vendors enough for all their hard work!

Venue: Clifton Inn
Event Design: Simply Chic Events
Floral Design: Pat’s Floral Designs
Make-Up: Lora Elaine Kelley
Hair: Jennifer with Elan
Stationary: Rock Paper Scissors
Wedding Cake: Mahlia’s Creations
Signage and Calligraphy: Nichole Creative
Bride & Groom’s Apparel: J. Crew

The perfect POP!

While the ladies gush over the ring….

the boys enjoy cigars on the front porch at twilight.

Oh, what’s that…you want more? Well, we certainly don’t want to disappoint you then. Come back tomorrow for the intimate and sweet garden reception full of gorgeous details. You won’t want to miss their getaway in a certain classic car, too!

Inspired Shoot :: A Marriage Proposal

We knew when we did an inspiration  shoot we wanted to do something different, something more than just pretty pictures of pretty things and pretty people. When we spoke with our friend and fellow wedding pro Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events, we all conceived of something with a real couple, doing things that real people would do, keeping it as relatable as possible. Since we love us some great moments, we knew we wanted to involve some of our favorite past clients.

So we called up our dear friends Eric and Lora Kelley, whose wedding we shot back in 2008, and who were eager to return to the site of their wedding and serve as our primary models for this three part shoot. We did it over two admittedly sultry days at picturesque Clifton Inn here in Charlottesville. It was important for us to create a team of professionals who regularly provide the highest-quality work for their clients, and since our little ‘burb is often a destination for weddings, we thought how nice it would be to highlight some of these wonderfully talented and hard-working pros?

We’re so grateful to all the dedication everyone put in to it, for Brigitte and the entire Clifton staff for their hospitality, and especially for the inspiration and good old-fashioned hard work that Jamie and her team, including Jessica, Kate, and Claire brought to the shoot. The Simply Chic Events team wanted to show how you can take something you love (in this case, the modern and very current chevron pattern) and seamlessly weave it into not only your wedding day, but all your big events leading up to the big day.

We were all thrilled to see the shoot featured on the What Junebug Loves wedding blog yesterday and thought we’d share some more of our favorites from the shoot this week. First up, of course, a sweet picnic proposal!

If you’re planning a wedding in Charlottesville, we can’t recommend the following talented wedding professionals highly enough.

Venue: Clifton Inn
Event Design: Simply Chic Events
Floral Design: Pat’s Floral Designs
Make-Up: Lora Elaine Kelley
Hair: Jennifer with Elan
Stationary: Rock Paper Scissors
Wedding Cake: Mahlia’s Creations
Signage and Calligraphy: Nichole Creative
Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza
Groom’s Apparel: J. Crew

The shoots encompassed three parts, shot in order, starting with a proposal from Eric to Lora. After you look through all this gorgeousness, check in tomorrow for the couple’s happy engagement party (with a surprise appearance from another of our past clients). Enjoy!

Join us tomorrow when we have the Engagement Party for you!

xoxo,
…a&b

Abbie & Jeremy Featured in Wedding Planner Magazine

We’re very lucky, here in Charlottesville, to have a quality publication created to assist those planning a wedding in the city or one of our many beautiful surrounding counties, in Wedding Planner magazine. This is the third issue, and we are thrilled to once again have one of our favorite summer weddings featured in its pages. Abbie and Jeremy, planned a fun and whimsical 4th of July celebration last year at the lovely and popular King Family Vineyard that featured sunny florals by Pat’s Floral Designs, farm-to-table cuisine from Harvest Moon, short & sweet dresses from J.Crew, some DIY fireworks graphics and Vineyard Vines ties for the gents – especially fitting, don’t you think? Pick up a copy if for nothing else than to read their wild proposal story. We’re pretty certain it’s sure to be optioned for the movies any day now. The issues are free for the taking at a variety of area hot spots, so there’s really no excuse.

Oh, and come back next week, as we celebrate Abbie & Jeremy’s first anniversary with them!

Saying Yes to the Dress!

It turns out that in addition to being gorgeous, fun, loving people, our clients are multi-talented! As you’ve probably seen on newsstands (and from last Friday’s post), the latest and greatest issue of Washingtonian Bride and Groom has dropped. And as usual, it’s full of eye candy. So what other goodies can you expect to read inside? Why, how about a wonderfully-written, touching article on Liz’s wedding dress, which also happened to have been the same one her mother wore on her wedding day. This article is by itself worth the magazine’s price. Seriously.

Oh, and her bea-u-ti-ful bouquet and his dashing bout are by the immensely talented Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events!

A Little Love in Washingtonian Bride and Groom!

You’ve probably already picked up a copy, and if not, you really,  really should, of the new issue of Washingtonian Bride and Groom magazine. We’re so happy to have not just one, but two of our fabulous couples featured in this gorgeous issue! Both Nikki and Josh, and Maya and Josh (wild coincidence, huh?) had such beautiful, whimsical and fun parties, how could they not be included? But, we’re so honored and thrilled to be able to contribute alongside some of the best in our local wedding industry.

Thanks so much to our couples for throwing such great celebrations, to their talented planners (ATrendy Wedding for Nikki and Josh, and Simply Chic Events for Maya & Josh), as well as their other incredible vendors who all came together to make the most perfect day for the happy couples and last, but certainly not least, to Jill and her team at Washingtonian for the inclusion. Congratulations to all of our friends and colleagues who were included and most importantly to m&j and n&j!! We love you guys!

Oh, and be sure to check out the blog next week as we highlight an article in the current issue that another one of our sweet brides penned!

Magazine Article: First Sight?

We were happy to be asked recently to write an article for latest issue of the Wedding Planner magazine for clients considering whether to see each other privately before their ceremony. Of course we were delighted to help, and the magazine was recently published online and in print. Headed up by Lynn Easton, Editor & Creative Director and Edward Allen, Publisher, it’s full of delightful eye candy, real Virginia weddings and of course, wonderful advice. If you don’t happen to have it where you live, here is the article. Thanks to happy couple, Karen & Michael for having a great first sight, too! See more from their first site in Part 1 of their blog post! Enjoy, and have a great weekend, everyone!

Should You See Each Other Prior to Your Ceremony?

by Anne & Bill Holland, Holland Photo Arts

Modern weddings sometimes hew to tradition, yet more couples are finding their own paths that work best for them and their guests. The bottom line is there is no one right or wrong answer to this–only the way which you feel most comfortable. That said, let’s lay out some advantages and disadvantages to seeing each other prior to your ceremony.

Advantages
There are two primary advantages to what we call First Sight. The first is that you get to, often in the presence of your photographer, enjoy a few private moments alone with your soon-to-be-spouse. As the bulk of your wedding day is often dictated by a pre-ordained schedule, this period may be the only opportunity the two of you really have alone to reflect on the commitment you’re each about to make. Many clients have reported the alleviating of undue nervousness because they saw their partner first as well.

The second primary advantage to a First Sight is you now have the opportunity to do some of your portraits with the two of you, your wedding party, and perhaps even your family members prior to the ceremony. The upside to all this? You can now attend most, if not all, of your cocktail hour, mingling with your guests. This may also negate or minimize the need to visit each table during dinner (which has the added benefit of giving you and your new spouse the opportunity to actually eat your delicious meal without rushing through it).

Disadvantages
Your parents, or even your partner, may have strong feelings about this. Just like in any relationship, the planning of your wedding will involve some compromise, and it is up to the two of you in what you compromise and how strongly you each feel about your position. A little give and take is a good thing here.

Some partners may feel that seeing each other prior to the ceremony can lose some of the emotional charge of proceeding down the aisle and seeing each other then. Again, if feelings are strong on this point, it may be best to leave well enough alone. But in our personal experience as well as the experience of the vast majority of our clients, this feeling remains strong throughout. Why?

With First Sight it’s a completely different feeling–it’s just the two of you–and you have the freedom to act and speak freely with each other. Whereas with the start of your ceremony, your partner is waiting for you with everyone watching, music playing, and the feeling of imminent marriage. Speaking from Bill’s personal experience, it is a completely different feeling. I never once felt a sense of loss in seeing Anne before our own celebration, and our clients have reported similar feelings.

Final Thoughts
While most of our clients who see each other do so privately, some couples will opt to have their families and/or their wedding party present to celebrate with them. This is, of course, your individual choice. In the end, your schedule as well as religious customs may also play a role in deciding to see each other. The key is to speak with your partner about his or her feelings, as well as your wedding planner and photographer to discuss logistics and what you can expect. But in the end, regardless of your choice, you’ll be married. Congratulations!

xoxo,
…a&b

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