One of the first things I ask a bride and groom when we start discussing wedding plans is if they have considered doing a “first look” before their ceremony. This is a question that makes anyone over the age of 40 nearly have a heart attack. If you’re one of those people, hear me out… the moments of the first look are THE most special time a bride and groom can share on their wedding day. All the anticipation, all the excitement, all the emotion shared just between the only two people that matter that day, the two people that are making a life long commitment to each other. In those private moments they can say anything they want, they can cry without an audience, and they can have all the time they need to truly just soak each other up. On top of all that mushy gushy love stuff, they can add three or four more hours of fun TOGETHER on the most special day of their lives. It is amazing how all stress and tension of the day melts away once the bride and groom see each other. That’s when the good stuff starts! And lastly… When a bride and groom get all of their photos done BEFORE the ceremony, they can “kiss the bride” and head straight to the party! Who wants to rush photos and stress out over cold meals, and waiting guests? Let me climb down off my soapbox and tell you about Kristi and Jordan and their first look. Maybe the sweetest one I’ve had a chance to photograph. Jordan and I picked a secluded place at the winery and he stood waiting with his back turned. Kristi handed her letter over his shoulder and he handed his to her. They stood back to back and read the sweet words they had written to each other. When they were done, Jordan waited a few minutes (looking like he was building up the courage) and turned around to see his bride. The moments, the words, the tears that followed were theirs to have, not to share… just like it should be.
It was a BEAUTIFUL day at Huber’s Winery. A beautiful setting, beautiful weather, and beautiful people. Kristi and Jordan were surrounded by tons of family and friends all day. It was an honor and a blessing to be trusted to document their wedding.