Elizabeth and Nathaniel are perfect for each other and when you meet the perfect one well, YOU GET MARRIED!
That is just what happened this summer! Elizabeth and Nathaniel with their family and friends as witnesses, tied the knot in Durham at their church and then we all traveled to the fantastic Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC for the reception. We took some time for some portraits before and after the ceremony with the bridal party and the bride and groom. When we arrived Elizabeth was all ready for a first look at her groom.
First looks are a new trend in which the bride and groom see each other before the wedding ceremony. You have a private moment between the two love birds with photographers watching. It always turns out to be a great moment where for just that time they are alone for the day to enjoy each other. There isn’t vows to be read, a toast to drink to, a cake to cut, a dance to do; no- it is a moment that is just about them. And you don’t have the first time you see each other having all your wedding guests watching.
I don’t think that it ruins the moment of the walk down the isle. There is typically still tears, there is definitely emotion and if you want to change up the appearance factor for the first look and the ceremony – we would recommend not wearing your vail for the first look and only donning it right before you walk down the isle. It is typical for you to not see the groom yes, but times are changing. More and more “southern” brides do insist on not seeing the groom before the ceremony but the trend is starting a switch.
If you have always dreamed about that moment when your dad walks down the isle then maybe a first look isn’t for you. Even if you have, considering a first look would be good. If you do a first look you will definitely get more pictures of the two of you together because you have more time in which we can do the pictures. There is also a more time for pictures with your bridal party.
If it is not for you, we totally understand. Just something else that is an option for your wedding.
Sit back and relax and enjoy some of our favorites from Elizabeth and Nathaniel’s fabulous Carolina Inn Chapel Hill and Durham wedding!
Rebecca & Annie
Elizabeth’s dress : David’s Bridal – Durham, NC
Bridesmaid Dresses : Bari Jay– New York, NY