Meg and Alex's Spring Wedding: Village Creek Landing

Rain could not dampen the joy that was felt by all on this beautiful wedding day. Meg and Alex were so happy and in-love that I don't think they even noticed! We had just finished their adorable First Look when the skies decided to open up. 

Meg has such an infectious smile and laugh, it left me feeling like we had known each other for years. True story-- she actually let a "I love you" slip at their Rehearsal but asked if it was too early to tell me that! :) My answer was, "Never! And I love you too!" 

The florals and details were absolutely stunning, and rain certainly has a way of making everything shimmer! Take a look at their gorgeous April Showers Wedding. 

Styling + Design: Straton Hall Events

Florals: Straton Hall Events

DJ: Island Sound

 

Alex and JC's Winter Wedding: Epworth By the Sea, St. Simons Island, Georgia

Alex and JC wanted to keep their Wedding small and intimate, with only their immediate families attending. So they decided to make a vacation out of it! Their families flew down from Wisconsin to our beautiful St. Simons and they all stayed in a house not far from East Beach, where each family had a floor to get ready on. 

Keeping with the theme, Alex and JC chose to say their vows inside the adorably quaint Wright Prayer Tower at Epworth By the Sea. By the way it only seats up to 18 people, so we were able to capture, up close, those precious emotions during the Ceremony! 

The grounds around the Prayer Tower were perfect to capture the joy these two felt after their Wedding. Just look at how sweet they are for one another! We came full circle and had the Reception back at the private home, where everyone was able to relax; reminisce on the day's events and laugh at old stories while also making new memories. 

I'll be honest, I was unfortunately sick while shooting this day(cold/flu season are no joke), but I still loved being able to serve these two and give them amazing memories! Please enjoy looking through some of my favorite moments of their Big Day. 

Top 3 Reasons to Say YES to a First Look

I (Caitlin) have been photographing weddings for five years now. If you ask me what my absolute favorite trend from the past decade was, I would cry out, First Look! What is a First Look? It’s a unique opportunity for the Bride and Groom to have a private moment to see each other before the ceremony.

 

Now I know, your grandmother’s voice is in the back of your head saying

“It’s bad luck to see the Bride before the Wedding.”

but ladies, I think it’s bad luck to run out of daylight for photos..

Nightmare, am I right? I don’t think your grandmother is going to shame you for making a smart decision. I know most photographers, myself included, have our brides and grooms fill out a timeline beforehand so we make sure to have plenty of time after the ceremony to get your formal photos done. But darlings, we all understand life, sometimes things don’t always go as planned. The flower girl doesn’t want to go down the aisle, people are running late, it starts raining.. Things happen.

So let’s say you’ve set formals from 5:30-6:30p.m. with a 5:00p.m. Ceremony. The Ceremony starts late, which believe me happens, well that leaves you with 15-20 min LESS time for formals. Sunset is at 6:30p.m., we are now in a race for time. Just typing this makes me queasy.

 

“go mingle with your guests!”

 

Why not, take out the stress of “What if?” and plan for the worst and come out with time to spare, which means more time for your family and friends! Go ahead and get all of your formals out of the way before the ceremony. I mean, your family is already dressed and ready to go! Then, you can do a few romantic sunset photos in the evening, but all of your portraits will have already been finished and you’re free to go mingle with your guests! Pop the champagne!

 

I mentioned, Sunset photos. Those thirty minutes before the sun fully sets is my absolute fave time for portraits! Everything looks like an absolute dream– The pinks and deep purple hues.. Why waste such a beautiful moment?!

 

“TWICE the amount of portraits”

 

So maybe instead of going back to your guests, you take advantage of that gorgeous Golden Hour and get almost TWICE the amount of Bride and Groom Portraits?? Remember, you already got all of those bridal party + family group shots out of the way before the Ceremony, why not go nuts? Let your photographer use this time to go above and beyond and hopefully exceed your expectations. After all, these photos are all you have to look back on, right? We would love to give you the opportunity for even more lovely photos! “I wish we had taken more photos.” these words should never follow your Wedding Day.

 

All of this by no means is saying you have to hire your photographer for 10 hours in order to capture all of the important moments that encompass your Wedding Day. No, you can be savvy with managing your time and have a lovely, no stress(!) photography experience. You can absolutely schedule your hair and make up to be finished an hour and a half before your Ceremony. Start Formal photos of you (Bride) with bridesmaids (15 min), Bride’s immediate family (15 min) and then portraits of the Bride (15-30 min). Same scenario with the Groom– you should still be rocking to have 30 min to get tucked away before the Ceremony, grab a drink of water, touch up on hair and make up before you have to walk down the aisle.

In this case, I would highly suggest an earlier Ceremony time. I gave an example earlier, just bump that 5 o’clock Ceremony up 30 min to an hour and you’re golden! Remember things do not always start on time, plan for ample time and you’re in the clear!

But I want to make sure you’re ok with possibly missing some or perhaps all of your cocktail hour still getting photos with both of your families, the whole bridal party, and Bride + Groom shots. I want to make sure you’re ok with this being the only opportunity for your Bride and Groom portraits and I want to make sure you understand, that as much as I wish I could, I can not control the weather. I can’t shoo clouds, rain, or gnats (thanks Georgia) away.

I’ve done Weddings with First Looks and without. I will say with 100% certainty, that the one’s with, go more smoothly. If you don’t feel comfortable with taking the risk, save yourself the stress and schedule a First Look.

 

“Have a moment to yourselves”

 

My last ditch effort at convincing you shouldn’t take much. More alone time– the two of you can sneak away from your family and friends before the party gets started, and just TALK. Stare at each other. Giggle. Jump up and down. Cry (happy tears!). Your Wedding is going to be emotional. Have a moment to yourselves to take all of that in. I promise, you are not going to ruin any emotional response he’ll have when he sees you walking down the aisle. He’ll probably cry then too. I’ve actually seen that. I cried watching it. It’s a very emotional thing, it’s the Big Moment. You’re not taking THAT moment away from him. You’re multiplying it. This time, you’re walking towards him to take his hand in marriage. Believe me, he’ll understand the heaviness of that moment. And it will hit him all over again.