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Why A First Look? – Kristyn Hogan Photography

May 9, 2011

Let me just start this out with saying, I was a bride too. I understand the push and pull of everyone telling you what they think you should do on your wedding day. How they did it. Why what they did was awesome. Or not so awesome. In the end, it comes down to you, the bride, and the man you can’t wait to marry. It’s your wedding day. Not anyone else’s.

So while I’m on my soapbox of telling you that your day should be the day you choose, I know that so many decisions are thrown in your face and sometimes they are so overwhelming that you’re not really sure what you even want. So when it comes to the decision of whether you see your groom before the ceremony or wait until you walk down the aisle, I think it should be an informed decision. Which leads me to this frequently asked question:

What is a first look & what are the advantages of having one on my wedding day?

The basic answer is that I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings and some couples chose to do a first look, some chose to wait until the ceremony and either way, we make it work with the proper planning. That being said, there are some awesome advantages to doing a first look that you might not think of, so that’s why I’m here!

A first look goes something like this; we find a beautiful, private spot, away from all the flurry of preparation and set your groom up with his back turned to you. Then we get you all set up; dress, hair and make-up looking fabulous, and then we back away. This is a moment that is just between you and your (almost!) husband. We are shooting from afar with long lenses to allow you both to take the moment in, to see each other for the first time on your wedding day, to feel the emotion and joy of what you are about to do- together. Being able to have this moment, just between each other, instead of in front of everyone during the ceremony allows for a different kind of intimacy; an intimacy that truly sinks in and allows you to enjoy what is just yours as a couple. And from that moment on, the day is spent together!

After getting photos of just the bride and groom, we have plenty of time for fun photos with the bridal party and timeless family portraits. Time for you to enjoy the people who have come from far and wide to celebrate this day.

Then it’s time for the ceremony! That moment when you walk down the aisle, just as special as ever. And after that, it’s immediately time to party! Time to celebrate with family and friends! No stress in making sure everyone is in the right place for photos after the ceremony, no worrying about your guests waiting for you at the reception. Just time to celebrate!

A first look can be a great thing and we’ve had so many brides tell us it was one of the best decisions they made for their wedding day, but no matter what you decide, the important thing is that you choose what is right for you and your groom as a couple.

Post & Images by Kristyn Hogan Photography



Engagement Sessions- What to Wear?

March 31, 2011
You toil over what you are going to wear out on Saturday night so, of course, picking out what to wear for an engagement session probably makes your head spin. Here are a few rules of thumb when selecting you and your man’s attire:

  1. Don’t be scared of prints- but if one of you is going for a print, the other person should wear a solid. (Example: you have a floral print dress? go for it! Your guy could wear a solid button down with jeans.)
  2. Don’t wear black. Sure it may be slimming but it doesn’t show up well in photos.
  3. Do ask your best gal for her opinion, that is if you respect her style. If not, ask someone else. You could even email us a picture of your ensemble and we will tell it to you straight!
  4. Do wear lipstick- even if you don’t usually wear it. I promise you will thank me when you get your pictures back.
Engagement sessions are great and we, here at WedCandy, highly recommend them. It is a great way for you and your guy to “practice” being in front of the camera. Plus, you get to know your photographer better and therefore, will be more comfortable on the big day.


Images by Jennifer Creed


Boudoir Sessions

March 21, 2011

Boudoir sessions are becoming more and more popular with brides. Why? Because it really is the perfect gift for your groom! Boudoir has come a long way. Gone are the days of cheesy, “Glamour Shot” type sessions. These are artistic & beautiful. Some of you may feel a little uncomfortable getting down to your skivvies for a photographer, which is understandable. That’s why it is important to look for a photographer that has a great reputation and will make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Also, check with your wedding photographer, if you already have one booked, because in most cases they already shoot these types of sessions for their brides.

Flaunt Session Images by Chris & Adrienne Scott Photographers

Don’t forget, you also need to make sure that you have in writing how the photographer will use your images. Reputable photographers will not use your images for marketing or their portfolio unless they have your permission. So, once you have your privacy protected, you can rest assured that only the photographer and your guy will see these beautiful images. Now all you have to do is tune into your inner supermodel and work it! (Oh, and a glass of wine never hurts!)

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Real Nashville Wedding: Camille + Jesse

August 25, 2010

Beautiful wedding, beautiful couple. Enjoy these images from Camille and Jesse’s wedding right here in Nashville.

WedCandy: What was the inspiration for your lovely wedding?

Camille: Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette….the mix of vintage decadence with a little bit of punk rock – perfect.

WC: How did you pick your colors?

C: The reception site was an event space that was a renovated car factory from the early 1900’s. There were dark wooden beams, industrial windows, a lot of dark, rich browns and dark steel; so I knew that I wanted to contrast it with light colors. I used every shade between pure white and light coral/pink. Ivories, beiges, faded vintage floral prints, etc… My maid of honor wore a vintage dress from the 40’s that was champagne (which looked beautiful on her brown skin).

WC: Is there anything you would change?

C: I would have had more flowers…but knowing me, there could never be enough fresh flowers. Haha.

WC: Who helped you pull it all off?

C: The Pink Monkey. They are the best kept secret in Nashville. I wanted my wedding to be completely unique, and I could not have done it without their creativity.

WC: What was your favorite detail?

C: The canvas bags that hung on every chair as gifts for our guests…and the place-cards, there were thirty different versions and they were HUGE! It’s hard to pick one detail when there were so many….

WC: Were you able to really enjoy the day?

C: Oh, yes! I’ll never forget it!

WC: Any advice for brides?

C: Nothing is worth distracting you from enjoying the day. I even kicked my high heels off at the alter because they were starting to distract me – it ended up being everyones favorite part of the ceremony! In fact, the right attitude can make the things that go “wrong” become some of your favorite memories.

Amazing photos by the incredibly talented Jen McDonald of jenm. photography


Photo Perks – The Day After Session

July 1, 2010

One of the new trends in Wedding Photography is the “day after session”.  This idea has been around for quite sometime but is now being brought to light with all of the new, brilliant wedding photographers and seeing all of the perks that allow them to take some fantastic images.  With many photographers, this is an option as part of their Wedding packages.  Make sure you inquire about it!  And here are the reasons….

There are many benefits to a day after session.  One major benefit is the unrestricted time limit and the minimal amount of stress between you – your new husband – and your team of photographers.  Now, instead of worrying about starting pictures at 3, being done with ALL shots by 5, to start the wedding at 6 and moving onto the reception at 7… (whew!) you can now just relax and enjoy the time together getting some great images.  Secondly, is having a slightly more relaxed attitude about your attire.  We know that the day of the Wedding, your dress should not be touched.  Your dress should stay as clean and pristine as if you just picked it up from the cleaners.  This may limit your photo surroundings to only “cleaner” settings.  Choosing a day after session opens up that window.  You might be more open to actually sitting on the ground or walking thru an alleyway that you were rather uncertain about before.  Lastly, is the use of different settings.  Since you will now have more time and less of a schedule with your photographer – you have the opportunity to cover more ground.  Would you have loved to have gotten shots downtown in your wedding attire but didn’t have the time to “escape” the day of your wedding?  Now is the time.  You can get unique and radiant images – where truly the possibilities are endless.

Gorgeous day-after images courtesy of:  Phindy Studios