Breaking traditional trends, the concept of a “first look” is becoming significantly more and more popular in today’s wedding scene. The idea behind a first look is to provide a private moment before the ceremony for the groom to see his bride. This is certainly a generational trend, but there are plenty of reasons why it is beneficial and often preferred. So I thought it might be helpful to share some of those with you-
- Your photographer/videographer will LOVE you. Having a first look will free up so much of your day to take pictures. Without a first look your picture time is condensed to your cocktail hour and maybeee a couple pictures during reception if you manage to sneak away from your guests (not likely). This can make your pictures feel rushed and potentially incomplete if anything goes wrong.
- You get to spend more time with your soon-to-be spouse on your wedding day! So many people have said that the wedding goes by in such a blur and you don’t even get to spend most of it with the one you’re marrying! A first look gives you that opportunity to spend the day together AND have the emotional moment of seeing each other for the first time.
- A first look can ease your nerves. The anticipation of your wedding day can be stressful enough without the pressure of waiting for the big reveal down the aisle.
- For those grooms who have always envisioned seeing their blushing bride for the first time walking down the aisle, don’t fear! Almost every groom that we ask says that seeing their lady in white for the first time prior to the ceremony doesn’t change their emotion of seeing her walk down the aisle. Most tell us that it is in fact a completely different feeling!
Like I said, first looks are becoming more and more popular, and hopefully I was able to explain what makes this trend desirable! Check out some of our couples big first look moment along with the creative idea that Marissa used to prolong the “viewing” process for Connor! Happy planning! xo Heather
Camille and Steve’s wedding day completely showcased who they are as a couple, it was clean, classic, modern and above all a party. All of the things they told me they were looking for at our initial consultation came to life. Designing this wedding and getting to know Camille and Steve was so much fun, it was something different then what we are used to but we loved every aspect of the design. The simple white and black wedding design looked so fresh, and modern against the natural backdrop of The Cove at Normandy Park.
A few of my favorite details form this wedding are the DIY wax paper backdrop from Style Me Pretty and the choice of black linens. We transitioned the backdrop from the ceremony to the reception in order to create a unique installation that hung above the tables and acted as a chandelier of sorts. The Black linens and chairs from Grand Event Rentals really allowed the venue to have a grounded feel with all of the light colored brick, wood floors, and white floral selections by Bash and Bloom. Check out the rest of the details and let us know what you think!
Design and Coordination: Alyssa Hoffman while under the mentorship of another planning company
Venue: The Cove at Normandy Park
Photographer: Dana Pleasant Photography
Florist: Bash and Bloom
Cheesecake: Cheesecake Factory
Bartending + Service: Invisible Hostess
DJ/Emcee: Gen X Pro
Transportation: Amy’s Limo
We are looking back at Caitlin and David’s Suncadia Resort destination wedding from 2014. Caitlin and David chose the pacific northwest as their wedding destination because it’s where Caitlin had always pictured her wedding day as this is were her family was originally from. Their families are spread throughout the United States and they are settled in Washington DC. Planning a wedding from the other side of the country was challenging however Caitlin and her mom did it flawlessly. Every detail was created by Caitlin’s mom with perfection, the linens, napkins, and paper goods were all products of her love. I love the unique florals and the blues and purples that Caitlin selected. Being a part of their wedding day as their Day of Coordinator was an honor, I had so much fun executing and set up their vision for their wedding day, we hope you love viewing these images as much as we do!
Day of Coordination: Alyssa Hoffman while under the mentorship of another planning company
Venue: Suncadia Resort
Photography: Stephanie Cristalli Photography
Blooms: Amy with Bloom
Ceremony Music: Silverwood Ensemble
Officiant: Rev. Eric Warren – Memorable Weddings
Cake: Lush Desserts by Amy
DJ/Emcee: Big Show Mobile
Photo Booth: Sincerely Happy Photo Booth