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etiquette / article Aug 28 2016

The First Look

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A lot of couples have a hard time deciding whether to honor tradition and not see each other until the aisle OR break tradition and do a first look. If these first look photos don't make your heart burst, then we don't know what will!

Whenever we get wedding submissions and the couple does a first look, they always mention that it was hands-down, the best moment of their day. If you are going the traditional route and not seeing each other until your both fully ready, it’s even more powerful. Because there is not a sea of eyes, all on the couple, the pair is more likely to express their emotions. Who is going to break down crying in front of 150 guests if they can avoid it? If it’s just you and your spouse-to-be, it’s going to get raw. And beautiful. Our favorite images are always those from the first look. They are so genuine, unfiltered and moving.  

Outside of the emotional realness, it’s the only time you have together during the day! Every other moment of the day will likely be spent making sure things are going okay, talking to guests, being in the spotlight. We love the idea of being able to take a deep breath together as you prepare for a huge step in your lives and a very hectic day.  

If you opt to not do a first look, we won’t hold it against you, but we will advise a mini portrait session, after the ceremony, with you and your spouse. Get away from the craziness, leave the cocktail hour and spend a few minutes, enjoying each other’s company.  

Call us radical, but isn't this day about the newlyweds? So often, it seems as though it is more about the guests and whether they are having a good time.

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—Samantha, Her

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etiquette / q & a Aug 24 2016

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I want to propose to my girlfriend, but do I need to propose with a ring? I think she’d prefer to just exchange rings on our wedding day, it just seems strange to show up empty-handed to a proposal!

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It can be a tricky situation for any couple looking to get engaged, but LGBT couples face an additional set of challenges; gender roles tend not to exist, which is wonderful, but can make things a bit more complicated.  

Here is my suggestion; if you think that your girlfriend would prefer to only exchange rings on your wedding day, go with that! You know her better than anyone. A lot of couples, gay and straight, are shying away from engagement rings these days. You could get her another piece of jewelry instead, such as a necklace, a bracelet or a watch. Getting it engraved makes it even more special.
 

I remember hearing about Jesse Tyler Ferguson proposing to his now husband with a watch that he had engraved to say “Spend all your time with me.” I thought that was so sweet and understated. It’s special, but not flashy and it’s a genuine and unique.  

Make sure that you feel as though your proposal is true to you as a couple and as individuals. However you decide to do it, be positive that it’s the best way to show your girlfriend that you love her! Also, good luck!

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Weins Family Cellars Shoot

From Erica, of the Weins Family Cellars...

My dad is gay. A little girl's father is one of the few people in her life that will love her unconditionally, no matter what, through anything, period. And why should that be any different in return? My father came out to me just two short years ago, and it has been an amazing journey getting to know the man he loves today, the life they live together, and love that they share for one another. It is exciting to say that my dad, along with thousands of other gay couples are now able to join in the union of marriage. My father was the inspiration behind this shoot, and it was an honor for him and his partner to be our models.

Working as a wedding coordinator for Wiens Family Cellars, it especially breaks my heart to learn that many venues and vendors are turning away same sex couples. It was because of my father, coupled with the true desire to gain exposure to same sex weddings, I knew I had to make my vision become a reality. I contacted Michelle Garibay Events and was put in contact with her Senior Consultant, Cara Goset, and we immediately began collaborating details and compiling our team of same sex friendly vendors.

This vintage-industrial themed shoot focuses on incorporating a modern touch to a naturally rustic environment that makes up a winery. Sweet Pea Floral Creations brought in romantic white florals in an array of different metals, creating a soft touch to a masculine industrial theme. A wine barrel bar, whitewashed tables, and benches were provided by Rustic Events partnering with items from Signature Party Rentals. The groom’s attire was graciously provided by Friar Tux Shop while Dominica Beauty came in to polish the look with hair and airbrush makeup. Paper Villa Stationary and Design provided us with the unique menu cards and invitations, and the love was captured by Kevin Nguyen with Photoquest Studio Photography. 

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