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“First looks” are photo sessions that take place before the wedding ceremony, capturing the soon-to-be-married couple seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. Some couples may choose to wait to see each other until the ceremony , but we think these first look sessions can be totally amazing for a variety of reasons. Check out our top tips for a successful first look photo shoot!
Talk to your photographer before your wedding day to discuss the logistics of the first look photo shoot. The first look session should take place about two hours or so before the ceremony, so it’s important to plan your getting-ready schedule accordingly to make sure you and your spouse-to-be are fully prepped with plenty of time.
Pick a Quiet, Well-Lit Spot
Your photographer should arrive well before the wedding to scout out an appropriate location where the shoot will take place. Find a spot that’s relatively secluded – or if it’s indoors, sealed off so that no one can enter and interrupt this intimate moment.
Try to avoid seeing (or talking to!) each other before the first look session. Get ready in separate locations, and tell your bridesmaids and groomsmen to avoid putting up any photos of you on social media before you’ve seen each other for the first time. You want the moment to feel special and genuine, not “oh, I just saw you five minutes ago but I’ll fake it for the photo.”
Incorporate Photo and Video
Make sure both your photographer and videographer are in the loop about the first look – of course, the photos are a wonderful visual representation, but it’s nice to also have the sounds and movement on record as well.
Keep It Natural
This is one of those photo moments during your wedding day that should not be posed – your photographer can explain to you and your groom (separately) in advance where she’d like the two of you to stand and walk, but when the first look moment actually occurs, your photographer should avoid talking to let the moment flow naturally.
Keep It Simple
There are lots of creative ways to stage a first look session, but the most important part is being able to see the looks on both of your faces. We recommend keeping it super simple – for example, one partner has his/her back facing away from the other, and then with a tap on the shoulder, turns around. It’s simple, sweet, easy to stage, and you’ll get emotional and clear photos.
Enjoy the Moment
Before you see each other for the first time, take a deep breath and let all of the wedding-day stress melt away. When you have that initial first look moment, don’t immediately launch into all of the things that are going wrong (“My mom is being really annoying!”). Talk about how happy you are to see each other, and express your love for one another. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment and you want the photos to convey your happiness, not the stress you were feeling at that moment.
Take a Pre-Wedding Photo Without Seeing Each Other
If you or your spouse are traditionalists and truly do not want to see each other before the ceremony, you can still have a modified first look by standing on opposite sides of a doorway, holding hands, but not peeking at each other. It can still be a sweet and emotional moment to capture.
Photo by Photo Love Photography
If you’re looking for a drink you can enjoy any time of the day, discover the many benefits of herbal tea or tisanes. With many types of tea to choose from, you can jumpstart your mornings, relish delicious flavors in the afternoon, and enjoy a warm and soothing blend in the evening.
Start your morning right with a cup of cinnamon or mint tea
Cinnamon is often added to a cup of coffee or a bowl of oatmeal to enhance flavor with a sweet-spicy taste. The ingredient also stabilizes blood sugar and increases metabolism. You can get the full benefits of cinnamon in tea form, which can also be a great drink to enjoy if you're trying to lose weight.
Mint tea is a great alternative to stronger blends and another kind of drink you can enjoy in the morning. With its unique, refreshing taste, mint can awaken your senses and energize you for the day. Mint can also fight bad breath and clear nasal congestion and cough due to colds and allergies.
Stay refreshed all day with citrus-based teas
Looking for a mid-day pick-me-up? Why not try citrus and fruit tea varieties that feature flavors like lemon, raspberry, and peach? With their tangy and delicious taste, these herbal drinks are a healthier alternative to sugary beverages such as soda and milkshakes. Serve them iced to beat the heat.
Fruit teas also provide a number of health benefits. Lemon and peach, for example, have antioxidants that can help cleanse and detoxify your system. Through detoxification, you can easily cope with stress, stay active, and gain mental clarity throughout the day. Raspberry, on the other hand, also has antioxidant properties and can reduce inflammation due to gout and even menstrual cramps.
Relax and soothe your senses before bed with night teas
There are also options that help you calm down and unwind before bed.
To help you sleep peacefully every night, most varieties of night tea contain ingredients like passion flower, sage roots, and other herbs with soothing effects. Passion flower has been used throughout centuries to treat insomnia and other sleeping problems. Sage roots, on the other hand, can calm the central nervous system and prevent anxiety. Learn more about SUNRIDER by visiting www.sunrider.com today.
From Paula Patton's oversized shoulder ruffles to Lupita Nyong'o's fashion-forward cape, the 71st Annual Golden Globes red carpet was filled with many a major style moment—plenty of which will work for your walk down the aisle. We've broken down the trends from the night and found seven gown styles that will help you steal some of that Hollywood glamour. Happy dress shopping!
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HIGH NECK HALTER TOPS
Well, the 71st annual Golden Globes confirmed it: halter tops are back! This powerful style statement was all over the red carpet, and we love how it shows off strong, sculpted arms and shoulder muscles. It's a great option for fit, modern brides who aren't working with ample cleavage. Gowns (left to right): Theia and Mark Zunino.
Spotted on: Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, Elsa Pataky, Edie Falco, Robin Wright, Hayden Panettiere, Monica Potter
Calling all glamour girls! If there was ever a way to sparkle on your wedding day, a gown completely encrusted in sequins is it. Why else would major starlets use this trick when they need to stand out on the red carpet? Gowns: Theia and Karen Willis Holmes.
Spotted on: Camilla Alves, Olivia Wilde (PS -- here's 14 more sequin wedding dresses we love)
BIG BALL GOWNS
Let's face it: this look will never go out of style for weddings. Nor do we want it to! Swooping skirts and fitted bodices signify feminity, which is why celebs and brides alike always turn back to them. Gowns: Monique Lhuillier and Elizabeth Stuart.
Spotted on: Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergara, Kaley Cuoco
What we were once convinced would be a short-lived trend (remember mullet skirts?) is slowly and steadily gaining more steam at major fashion events—and its seeping into bridal, too. We love this whimsical look because it's playful—and it shows off a great pair of shoes. Gowns: Reem Acra and Temperley London.
Spotted on: Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Dockery, Zooey Deschanel, Aubrey Plaza, Caitlin Fitzgerald
This modern fashion statement is one of our absolute faves—never has such a simple silhouette so immediately connoted sartorial confidence. Bring the style into your wedding day for a look that's equal parts easy-going and in-command. Gowns: Dennis Basso and Hayley Paige.
Seen on: Hellen Mirren, Olivia Wilde, Camilla Alves, Paula Patton, Kristen Chenoweth, Mayim Bialik, Lizzy Caplan, Alexi Ashe, Cat Sadler
Strategically placed lines of sparkle are a glam way to highlight curves and sparkle in photographs—which is precisely why starlets opt for this look on the red carpet. Use their strategy for yourself by trying a beaded wedding gown! Gowns: Mark Zunino and Maggie Sottero.
Spotted on: Kate Beckinsale, Rita Wilson, Hellen Mirren, Elizabeth Moss, Angela Bassett, Rashida Jones, Laura Dern, Melissa Fumero, Madison Walls
Don't want to wear white? No problem! Shine like the Golden Globe statue itself in a slightly shimmery shade of champagne. Take it from the stars we spotted on the red carpet: this shade will make you look (and feel) like a million glamorous bucks. Gowns: Romona Keveza and Austin Scarlett.
Spotted on: Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Anna Gunn
One of the most romantic wedding looks out there, and it made a major return on the Golden Globes red carpet. We love this style for a rustic country or garden wedding. Gowns: Lela Rose and Legends by Romona Keveza.
Spotted on: Emma Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Megan Mullally, Melissa Rauch, Rebecca Ferguson
Picking colors has always been an issue with me and something that I've gone over and over since I've gotten engaged. My favorite color is Orange and I knew I wanted to have orange as a color in my wedding but I couldn't find the perfect fit for it. I asked my fiance and he said he wanted Gray. The only thing I could find to go with Gray was Pink. I wasn't too fond of the color choice and was pretty disappointed. I knew in my heart those were not the colors for my wedding. But I went on looking for ideas. Then one day while I was stressed and frustrated I went to my fiance in tears and told him how I really didn't like those colors and his response was, "As long as I get to wear a Gray suit I really don't care, that was my only thing." With joy and relief I began looking for new colors. Orange being my main concern I leaned toward Orange and Red for a while but then!
While on a walk the other day with my fiance I looked up at the sun was set and these beautiful colors lit up the sky. I was filled with awe and excitement and I told my fiance, "Look at how beautiful! I want those colors as my wedding colors!"
So now, the colors are set and I couldn't be happier.
Be it any caste, community or religion, every single person on this earth has some special aspirations and plans for this Big Day. They want this special day of their life to be cherished and remembered not only by them but also by their friends and relatives.
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If anyone loves animals as much as we do, it's our real wedding couples! You've probably seen plenty of birds and dogs, but you'll never believe these 6 adorable (and unexpected) cake toppers. Dare to take a peek:
Photo: Adele Cabanillas
Chickens - If you're considering a fall wedding on the farm, don't take the chickens out of their coop, simply place mocks on your cake for all to see.
Photo: Kirsten Marie Photography; Cake: Peace of Cake
Hedgehogs - Mini hedgehogs aren't complete without a flower on the Mrs. and a bow tie and top hat on the Mr. Don't forget a burlap bunting banner!
Photo: Christine Farah Photography
Elephants - Those who want a bit of whimsy in their circus or carnival-themed wedding, opt for elephants. Don't these custom fondant creations look real?
Monkeys - Conquer a do-it-yourself project with socks. These monkeys were featured in Emily and Ricardo's California wedding.
Photo: Katie Stoops Photography
Bears - Lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my! Don't let this cake scare you. It's too sweet to eat with all it's berries.
Photo: Weber Photography
Penguins - Match them to your wedding day attire. This penguin is wearing a birdcage veil and carrying a red rose bouquet much like Jennifer in her retro Florida wedding.
Project and Photos by Erica ObrienTissue paper flowers are a design-forward and inexpensive alternative to fresh or gumpaste flowers. They can be made well in advance and saved indefinitely. We recommend that they be used only with fondant cakes, as you don’t want the dye in the tissue paper to come into contact with buttercream. What you'll need: Crepe and/or tissue paper in the color palette of your choice Toothpicks (or skewers) Scissors Floral tape How To: Step One: To form the center of the flower, cut a length of paper about three inches wide. Step Two : Fold the paper so that each fold is about ¾" wide. (For smaller flowers, folds should be smaller; for larger flowers, folds should be bigger.) Step Three: Use sharp scissors to cut a rounded edge. Step Four: When unfolded, paper should have a scalloped edge. Step Five: Begin rolling scallop in onto itself, pinching about ¼ of the way down from scalloped edge so that paper flares and opens slightly. Step Six: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. Step Seven: Twist the base of the paper as tightly as possible to form a stem. Step Eight: Using a contrasting color, repeat steps one through seven, placing new paper around already-formed center. Step Nine: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. For even larger flowers, additional layers of paper can be added by repeating steps two through seven. Step Ten: Place toothpick or skewer against "stem" of flower. Step Eleven: Stretch floral tape to activate, and wrap tightly around both toothpick and tissue paper until all paper is covered. Step Twelve: Insert toothpick into fondant-covered cake. Step Thirteen: Make as many flowers as desired to complete your design. Enjoy!
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography Table number card by Momental Designs This is a quick and easy centerpiece using mason jars. I have tons of mason jars and I’m sure most of us do, so here’s a pretty way to incorporate them into the reception table décor. Ingredients: 3 Mason Jars (depending on the size of wooden container) Queen Anne’s Lace (3 Bunches) White Chrysanthemums Scissors Old Fork Table Number Card Small water glass or jelly jar Wooden Box Container (and I lined the bottom with newspaper to give the jars height) How To: Fill mason jars with water and place in wooden container. Cut the stems of the Queen Anne’s Lace and Chrysanthemums and place in the mason jars. You want the Queen Anne’s Lace to “spill” over the rim of the container, so cut the stems accordingly. Fill the mason jars with the flowers varying the heights. You want the arrangement to look full and have that “just picked from the garden” look and feel. Place the small water glass in the wooden container. Now take your old fork and bend the end prongs and place the table number card between the prongs. Place the fork in the water glass and there you have it!! Enjoy your gorgeous centerpiece!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Ring in the new year with these starry night cake toppers made of thin sheets of birch wood. Your guest will love that extra special touch adorning their cupcake treats at the end of the night. Materials: Birch Plywood 1/32 of an inch thick (the thiner the better) Scissors Xacto knife or box cutter Pen or pencil Bamboo Skewers Print out with star silhouettes (use and print free clip art star shapes) How-To: 1. Cut out the star shapes from print out. 2. Trace star shapes onto birch sheet with a pen or pencil. 3. Carefully cut out each shape with an Xacto knife. 4. Add a drop of glue to the back of each star and attach bamboo skewer. 5. Wait for the glue to dry and stick the toppers in cupcakes or wedding cake. Take it further by customizing these toppers with handwritten messages and names. Or add glitter to the finished stars for an unexpected sparkle.
Project and Photos by Erica Obrien