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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 21

If you are new to the blog and are just following along, here’s what you missed:

Rachel, my business partner/assistant/second shooter, recently got engaged and with us being photographers, thought it would be cool document her whole wedding planning process. Not only to keep these memories but to maybe help out one of our readers who may be a future bride as well as get suggestions from you guys. Here are the past posts that you’ve missed.

  1. Post 1 ~ We got a glimpse of how Rachel and her fiancé, Arthur met! It’s an adorable story including some very young pictures of them.

  2. Post 2 ~ We got to hear the story of how Arthur proposed in Bermuda! Check out that post to see her ring! It’s beautiful!

  3. Post 3 ~ Rachel said YES TO THE DRESS!! Check it out to see her experience at David’s Bridal!

  4. Venues! Venues! Venues! Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | are her weeks in search for the perfect venue! And in Post 7 you get to hear the place that she chose!!!

  5. Post 8 ~ We are back at Davids Bridal picking out the Bridesmaids Dresses as well as seeing who she chose to stand up there with her on the big day!!

  6. Post 9 (maid of honor & big sis), Post 10 (little sis), Post 11 (cousin), Post 12 (sister-in-law), Post 13 (best friend), and Post 14 (MEE) ~This is where Rachel introduces her bridesmaids and tells us the background stories of how she knows them. There are some pretty funny moments and awesome pictures!

  7. Post 15 ~ Engagement Pictures!!!! Here, we get to see Rachel’s engagement session. I also give some tips on how to make the most of your engagement session.

  8. Post 16 ~ All about the “Save The Dates.”

  9. Post 17 ~ All about the DJ and some songs you don’t want to miss being played at the wedding!

  10. Post 18 ~ Bridal Registry! This is a fun post because I filmed it rather than photographing it!! Check it out!!

  11. Post 19 ~ Speed Round Questions with the Fiance’ himself!!!

  12. Post 20 ~ Special Valentines Day Post!

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Are you all caught up?! If not, check out the post above!!! Today we get to share a little more of our photography work with today’s post!

“TO PEEK OR NOT TO PEEK…THAT IS THE QUESTION…” <–YUP! You guessed it! Today’s post is all about the First Look! Do you think Rachel will be doing a first look??? Well lets ask her…

“For those of you who don’t know.. A first look is a time when the bride and groom see each other  for the first time before the ceremony.. It is a relatively new concept and some people prefer to keep it traditional and don’t want to see each other until the bride walks down the aisle.

Let me tell you.. You can ask Erica, I wanted to keep it traditional for quite a while. Erica would always say to me “How can you not do a first look when we are photographers?!” But I was sticking to my guns, keeping it traditional.. Until maybe a year ago..

I realized a few things.. First, after shooting the weddings that choose to do a first look.. I just absolutely love the photos!! Honestly, I think the first look photos are my favorites from the entire wedding.. I love that they are personal.. It is just the bride and groom alone together. And you get both of the first reactions in one picture!

About the being alone part.. 1. You are not going to have many chances to be alone with your groom {or bride} during the day and 2. Maybe, just maybe.. If Arthur and I are alone together when he sees me for the first time, he just may cry.. It’s a long shot, but the only chance I have of it is if we are alone, not with over 100 eyes on us up at the altar 🙂

And there’s more!! You get more photos!! If you opt to do a first look, you will get more photos of just the two of you.. And aren’t those the photos that you care about the most 🙂 If you choose a different location for your first look, you will then have photos of the two of you at the first look site plus the ceremony/reception location! 

So obviously I am choosing to do a first look 🙂 And maybe just to sway all of you other future brides out there.. We are including some of mine and Erica’s favorite first look photos :)”

~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno


Here’s another example of one!!!


All photos are ©EricaLee Photography. 

If you have any questions regarding what a first look entails, drop your question below! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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