Why you should love your photographer...

On your wedding day you will be spending about 85-90% of your entire day with your photographer by your side. They will be guiding you through every step of the day! You want someone there you trust, who is organized, and who you can have fun with!

When you love your photographer and get along with them really well you can let your guard down around them. You can crack silly jokes and laugh and have fun! In doing so, you end up with not only amazing and genuine photos, but you'll have an even better experience!

When you've taken the time to get to know the person photographing you, they will know and understand your specific needs and wants. They will know the best way to capture you and bring out your best smiles, laughs, and natural emotions. Plus who doesn't love making new friends?!

Best First Looks of 2021

February 1, 2022

First looks are such a special, private moment during a wedding day! Usually it’s the only alone time a bride and groom get during their whole day. It’s an opportunity to soak in the magnitude of what’s about to happen. They can actually take a private moment to tell each other how stunning they look. They can hold each other and share in all the emotion. One of the BEST things about first looks is using this private moment to share things with each other!

This past year had some very precious moments where the bride and groom shared more than just a first look! One groom had a special surprise waiting for his stunning bride. Another bride and groom decided to use this time to share their vows privately to each other instead of during the ceremony. They laughed together, cried together, and created a special private memory they’ll always remember.

First looks are also special in that they don’t always have to be just between a bride and groom! It can be so much fun to share a first look with your bridesmaids! Once you’re in your dress, jewelry, and shoes, coming out to surprise your girls with your finished bridal look can evoke SO much excitement!!

One of the most precious first looks is the one shared between a bride and her father. Seeing the emotion come through as he sees his little girl in her wedding dress always gets me! I am all for any kind of first look your heart desires. This year had so many amazing and emotional first look moments. Keep scrolling to the bottom to see a very different kind of first look I had this year. Even different from a father-daughter or bridesmaids first look!

This wedding day was so special as Jennifer wore her mother’s wedding dress and her grandmother’s veil. The dress stayed in the box for 40 years and when they pulled it out they found it fit Jennifer perfectly! So since Ryan had already seen the dress Jennifer proposed a different kind of first look. She had not seen what Ryan would be wearing so we set up a REVERSE first look! I set Jennifer up outside looking away and brought Ryan out to come up behind her. When he called out her name she turned around and they shared in a beautiful and emotional first look! A moment they – as well as I – won’t soon forget!

I can’t wait to see what precious first looks and moments will be captured in this new 2022 year! Bring on ALL the first looks!

Want to see more from Jennifer and Ryan’s wedding day at Shadow Hills Country Club? Take a look here! https://joniloraine.me/2021/11/23/a-fall-wedding-at-shadow-hills-country-club/

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