Let’s talk about first looks! If you and your honey are still up in the air about whether or not to have a first look, have no fear. I’ve put together a sweet little list of 3 Alternatives to a First Look. As a full-time wedding photographer, I have seen my fair share of first looks, traditional “first looks” in the ceremony, and everything in between. Whatever you decide, my biggest piece of advice is to do what feels right for you. Lets’ get into it!

1. Private vows

One of my favorites! If you are nervous about spilling your heart in front of hundreds of your family and friends, this can be a great, intimate option for you two. You can stand back-to-back or face each other while holding hands and speak from the heart. When it comes to the ceremony, you can say a variation of your private vows, or say traditional vows; whatever feels most comfortable!

2. First touch

I love this option! You and your spouse can stand back-to-back, or around a door/corner from each other and simply hold hands and talk. If you choose to not have a first look, you most likely won’t see or talk to your spouse until the ceremony. A first touch can help calm some nerves and give you a few moments of peace and quiet together before jumping into the rest of your day. Such a sweet alternative.

3. Private letters

If you want everyone (including your photographer) to sob on your wedding day, write letters to each other before the ceremony and read them privately. This allows you to step away from chaos the morning of your wedding day and take a deep breath with your person. This is intimate like the vow option, but often includes more inside jokes and can be a real tear-jerker.

There we have it, friend! 3 Alternatives to a First Look. Once again, do what feels right for you and your honey! If you’re also in the market for some Wedding Day Exit Tips, click here. As always, be sure to follow me over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos) for behind-the-scenes and even more Wedding Tips

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Morgan

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Welcome to the chapter of your life which is wedding planning!! Whether you’re just beginning to plan or you’re really in the thick of it, soak it up – no matter how stressful it is at times. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back at your wedding day photos wondering where the time went.

Hey… speaking of wedding day photos… 😉 I’m letting you in on my ultimate list of what items you should give your photographer for detail (or flat lay) photos. 

Your wedding photographer may provide you with a list of what to include, and may refer to it as either details or flat lay details. A flat lay is a compilation of all the little details you want photographed on your big day. The smallest details are frequently the most important details that you want captured. Alright, let’s dive in!

Detail Photos List:

  • Dress
  • Veil
  • Bouquet
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry 
  • Ring(s) – engagement + wedding bands
  • Paper suite (save the date, RSVP card, invitation, envelope with your names, etc.)
  • Vows
  • Perfume
  • Cologne
  • Tie
  • Watch
  • Cufflinks
  • Socks
  • Belt

Alright, now that you know what to include, be sure to check out my 5 Getting Ready Tips for Your Wedding Day to ensure you have a stress free morning. *Hint: put all your details in a box to be ready for your photographer; they will thank you. I know this is a quick little list, but trust me: this will be a game changer for your wedding day! Is there anything in the What to Include in Detail Photos list that you forgot about?! Let me know below!

If you’re looking for even more wedding planning tips and behind-the-scenes as a wedding photographer, I’d love to be friends on Instagram @morganelizabethphotos.

Xx,

Morgan

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I am such a sucker for a good wedding day love story. Tonja and Alex’s romantic Stillwater, Minnesota wedding day was no exception. They said “I do” on a rainy April day at the JX Venue overlooking the St. Croix river.

The Background

I first met Tonja and Alex when they booked me to take their engagement photos in Stillwater; and I absolutely loved their engagement photos. We had so much fun together capturing their love and vibing together. It was an honor to be asked to photograph their wedding day. Like many couples, they were impacted by the pandemic. But, Tonja and Alex handled every situation that was thrown their way with such grace.

The Details

Their wedding day was stunning. The JX Venue had the prettiest brick details with an industrial, yet modern, feel. Tonja and Alex opted out of having a bridal party, but they were both able to get ready with people near to their hearts. Tonja’s brother officiated their ceremony, which was such a touching addition. The rain cleared after their ceremony and gave way to a beautiful Spring day.

So we took advantage of the weather and captured some beautiful shots outside – including with the couple’s pride and joy, their puppy Benjamin; he was the life of the party. Tonja and Alex walked in holding hands as the new Mr. and Mrs. as an alternative to doing a grand march. In addition to a creative grand march, their personalities truly showed by having Dairy Queen Dilly Bars in lieu of a traditional wedding cake. How sweet is that!? 

Above all, don’t be afraid to break the norms and create your own dream wedding day – no matter what is thrown your way. At the end of the day, what matters most is that you get to marry the love of your life.

With this in mind, is there any tradition you are doing away with for your big day? Drop them below in the comments!

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