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Joel & Laura Get Married | Ohio Wedding Photographers

I fell in love with this couple the first time I met them for our wedding consultation.  I knew Joel already but Laura I had not met yet.  These two together make the perfect couple.  She is bubbly and always has a smile on her face and Joel is one of the funniest guys I know.  I have a feeling he will keep her smiling for many years to come.  Here is their engagement session in case you missed it.
Their wedding was one of the first that we have done that involved a “First Look”.  This is where the bride and groom decide to meet and have a special moment together before the wedding even starts.  I know this is not “tradition” but there is something so special about these few minutes!  I also know this is not for everyone {hey, I did not do it this way either} but here are a few reasons why I think this works so well…

1. The bride and groom get over the nerves that try to take over their special day. When the bride walks down the isle she already knows her man is loving how she looks!  {Every woman wants to feel beautiful in “his” eyes and by now he has already told her quite a few time!}

2. They get to spend a few minutes together “alone” before the hustle and bustle of the day whisks them away.  {Okay, we are there too but we stand back and give them their moment together. This is where my paparazzi long lens comes in handy. Love that lens!}

3. Our job is a lot easier because we can get most of their pictures done before the ceremony! {This might sound like a selfish reason but it really does make the day a run little smoother and you don’t have to worry about losing good lighting!}

Do you even know where the tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding came from?  It all started when marriages were arranged by the parents.  You could not see one another before hand for fear that when you saw what one another looked like, you might back out!  Hopefully all the weddings we do, they know what each other looks like and they are in this for the long haul!  If not, we need to talk!

I truly do not mind which my clients choose but there is just something special about seeing the bride and groom have their special moment together “alone”.  Here is what a “First Look” might look like…

Dayton, Ohio Wedding Photographer

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