Do you need a “First Look”?

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

Becca + Poppe – Rosehill Community Center – Real Seattle Wedding

About Becca and Poppe’s Wedding Day:

Becca and Poppe were so fun to work with, as you can tell they did not want your typical wedding. Becca wanted bright red and purples with hints of their favorite sport, Baseball. They wanted the day to be simple and about having fun with their family and friends, they certainly achieved that! From singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”and playing musical chairs to having their close friends and family prepare an amazing assortment of pies and desserts and Poppe’s home brew as their beverage of choice there was no question who’s wedding we were at. As always we were honored to be a part of their special day!

Vendors
Venue: Rose Hill Community Center
Day of Coordination: Alyssa Hoffman (booked under the mentorship of another planning company)
Photography: A Beautiful Day Photography with Lion Lady Photography
Live Music/Emcee: Kitt Bender
​Desserts: Family and Friends
Florals: Pikes Place Market
Catering: Christie’s Catering
Rentals: Sweet Buffet Lady
Hair and Makeup: Salon Maison

David & Janet – Real Seattle Weddings

In honor of David and Janet’s 1 year anniversary this weekend we are going to take a look back at this beautiful purple and teal wedding. David and Janet are such a fun couple who wanted to have this wedding be all about them and what they love, they chose purple because it is David’s favorite color and teal because it is Janet’s. I loved working with this couple throughout the entire process, they were up for whatever idea’s I through and them. Janet wanted to see bling and sparkle while David preferred a more clean and modern look. We found a great balance with the hanging globes, it gave Janet her sparkle and David the clean modern feel while the tall orchid centerpieces were centered around Janet’s vision of loose “feathery” florals. We went with the dark teal linens in lieu of using teal feathers or fake teal florals in the centerpieces, they also helped to ground the space in large white tent at Sanders Estate.

Thanks to the many vendors that helped make their wedding dream come true!

Full Wedding Design and Coordination – Alyssa Hoffman while under the mentorship of another wedding planning company

Catering – 12 Baskets Catering

Venue – Sanders Estate

Photography/Videography – Alex Studio

Florist – Bash and Bloom

Cupcakes- PinkaBella Cupcakes

Hair and Makeup – Scott Provo with Off the Beaten Path Makeup Artistry

Photobooth – Perfect Party Photo booth

Papergoods – Alyssa Hoffman

Specialty Linens – Pedersen’s

Understanding your wedding style: Part 1

Finding a style of wedding that suits you is not always the easiest thing to do. I am going to walk you through the three layers of design for your wedding day; overall style or theme, the sub style, and the details.

When working with a couple I find that most have found their inspiration from Pinterest or bridal magazines and they should be just that, inspirations, a starting off point to help you create a unique wedding day about you. Just like no two people are the same, no two weddings should be the same. I have always believed that the biggest and most important compliment you can receive on your wedding day is that it is “so you”. That is what I am here to help you learn and understand so that you can find that balance of your inspiration images and your actual wedding day.

The overall Style/ Theme

There are so many styles out there that we could talk about, but just to list a few biggies we have:

 Rustic – This is the idea of having raw and unfinished materials for your décor.

Vintage – This a word simply used to describe things that are of a different time or era.

Classic – Something that has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.

Modern – Something that is current and of the now. Also associated with clean and simple design.

Industrial – Is associated with raw exposed materials (open pipes, metal, unfinished wood). Unlike rustic, industrial has a clean smooth feel to it.

Nautical – Lends itself to the idea of being near the water, sand, shells, blue and white stripes are all things typically associated with it.

Off Beat – The idea of the off beat style wedding is simply that the couple chooses to break the mold of anything done before, colored wedding dress, unique wedding location, etc.

Then you have the specific themes; tea party, Gatsby, 1950’s, just to name a few and of course the novelty themes but I am not going to get into those.

I am going to start this off by saying if you and your significant other naturally like a more traditional/ classic style don’t try to design a contemporary wedding. Just because you saw an image of a wedding that you fell in love with does not mean that it will suit you. It is a great thing to have an appreciation for all styles but I can assure you that if you try to completely break your style you will be pulling your hair because it will not feel natural.

If you are someone that wants to fuse and find a balance in two differing styles, I applaud you. Luckily in the world that we live in today this is something that is widely done and 99.9% of the time you will come out with a design that is 100% you. A few common and current combos are the modern-vintage weddings and classic-rustic weddings. But let me remind all of you that modern is not a style in it self, it is a word used to describe what is present and current, however it is also associated with clean, and simple design. So the idea of vintage-modern wedding is taking some old or antique items and strategically using them with things that are new to create a balance of old and new. If you are going to try this I urge you to do your research and find some items that are actually old or antiques, mason jars are not going to make your wedding feel vintage. A great way to achieve a classic-rustic wedding is by finding a rustic venue and using classic/timeless décor.

At the end of the day you must stay true to yourself. When I planned my own wedding I thought I wanted a contemporary/modern wedding and it turned into a classic and feminine day with a stunning rustic backdrop. If I had stayed with my instincts I would not have been in love with the final product. Do not let those around you, or what is popular, influence your choice. Be proud of who you are and what your style is!

Stay Fabulyss!

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