I’m so thankful that my talented friend, Alisia Thompson, still asks me to second shoot with her once in a while when I’m back home in Sarasota, FL! This wedding on Sietsa Key, from early November was GORGEOUS!
Wytch and Alli were so kind and laid back, it was so easy working with them. Their special day was complete with friends and family flown in for this destination event, a live band (who KILLED IT, despite several power outages), an adorable ice-cream cart, epic florals everywhere, and a view of the intercostal. I mean, what more could you ask for?!
I got some shots of the guys getting ready while Alisia went with the ladies…
Wytch had his brother, Ben, as his best man.
As the second shooter, I have the opportunity to capture some really precious moments in between poses, when clients think no one’s looking. ;). I LOVED these mama faces, as she teared up over her boy getting married.
Having littles in your Bridal Party requires some preparation. You need to prepare your littles for their expected job. And you need to prepare yourselves…for the unexpected.
You can control a lot of things on your wedding day. But there are a few things you can’t control. The weather, and littles. 😉
So just know that they will most likely be an adorable addition to the day and your photographs, but don’t expect too much from them! Add them into a few photos during portrait time, but then have a babysitter ready to take them when they’ve hit their limit. Remember to laugh at their antics, instead of getting annoyed at their inability to cooperate like an adult. They’re just kids, have lots of grace with them! (and bring snacks for bribery! 😉 )
If you can snag a nice pose with your littles, Awesome! If they aren’t really into standing still, try playing together, to get those genuine smiles!
One or two group shots with the littles is good enough! Then they can be released while the adult Bridal Party keep shooting.
Nick & Elizabeth’s bridal party did a great job at going with the flow, and enjoying little Gavin’s antics!
One of my FAVORITE shots from Ben & Laura’s wedding was their two sweaty flower girls at the head table having wedding cake at the end of the night. 😉
“Should I do a First Look on my wedding day?”
To start, a “First Look” is deciding to see your partner BEFORE the ceremony. There is no right or wrong answer on how to plan out your day, but I think it’s helpful to know all of the perks of a First Look before making your decision.
- You’re seeing each other for the first time in “private”, instead of in front of ALL your wedding guests. (okay, okay, your photographer is playing paparazzi in the bushes, but otherwise, it’s pretty private!)
- You can let your emotions flow! You have set aside time to talk with each other, admire each other in your fancy duds, pray together, maybe exchange gifts face to face, and get the jitters out.
- Seeing each other before the ceremony allows for you to also get your portraits out of the way before the ceremony. This allows you to get to your reception faster, later on! So guests aren’t waiting around for quite so long for you to arrive. And getting your portraits done right after you’ve gotten ready, and before the ceremony, means you look the FRESHEST you will look all day! The wedding below was in Sarasota FL and it was WARM! So getting portraits done immediately meant that the Ben & Laura looked the most polished, with the least amount of sweat, for their portrait time, which directly followed the first look! 😉
Another point about this specific First Look is that Ben & Laura chose a package with a second shooter, so we were able to get so many shots from different angles of their precious reactions! Props to the talented Alisia Thompson Photography!
Hey Wedding Couples!
I just wanted to share a little info about planning a Special Exit during your wedding day. Some couples do the typical Reception Exit at the end of the night. But if you’re photographer won’t be staying until the end of the party, you could choose to do a special exit after your ceremony instead! And there are so many different options to make these Special Exits extra fun! Here are a few examples…
*Before you make a plan, be sure to check with your church or venue to see what is allowed or prohibited, as many buildings will have restrictions.*
Katie & Dylan : Bubbles (Pro: clean, festive, allowed in many buildings)
Jeanie & Jose : Carriage ride (Pro: so CLASSIC!)
Tim & Amy : Light up foam sticks (Pro: lit up the dance party before hand as well, allowed anywhere)
David & Christy : Confetti (Pro: dissolvable, color coordinated)
Will & Elizabeth : Birdseed (Pro: traditional for daytime) *Watch out for ornery bridal party, who may want to abuse the privilege.* 😉
Tanner & Liz : Dove confetti (Pro: soft & ethereal)
Nick & Elizabeth : Bubbles (Watch your eyes, Nick!).
Marla & Jacob : Bubbles (Don’t forget to pause and let your photographer get a great shot of the two of you! If you run too fast, the shots will be limited.)
Ben & Laura : Sparklers (Pro: dramatic, traditional for night time)