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Ways to make the most of this special time together!

So you’ve decided to do a first look, but you’re unsure how to make the most of it? Whether you’ve been gung-ho about doing one from day one, your significant other feels strongly about doing it for one reason or another, or you simply feel that seeing each other beforehand will help ease your wedding day jitters…today I’m sharing some tips on making this moment extra special!

5 Tips for Making the Most of your First Look

1. Plan for it to be just the two of you – Okay, your photographer should definitely be there too! But have your Bridal Party and any family members hang out in a separate area/location so you can have a private, intimate first glimpse at your soon-to-be spouse without feeling like there’s any pressure. Let it be just that – a quiet moment, just the two of you!

2. Build the time into your timeline – Try not to “squeeze” first look photos into a 10 minute time frame. Instead, plan for it and add a good 20-30 minutes to your timeline so it doesn’t feel rushed or impersonal! Your wedding day goes so fast and you deserve to embrace the moment together!

3. Position the groom before the bride – Have the groom in place first (facing away from the direction the bride will be entering), and then bring the bride to him! This way your photographer can position the bride accordingly and snap a few photos before the groom turns to see his bride!

4. Exchange a small gift or note to each other – There’s no better time than when you’re alone together to exchange a gift, or even read hand written letters to each other. Not only will it make for a beautiful moment your photographer can capture, but it allows you to see each other’s reactions and share in what is bound to be an emotional exchange!

5. Enjoy these few moments alone – Take your time, soak in the moment, and enjoy this quality one-on-one time with your love before the busy-ness of your wedding day really takes off. It may be one of very few moments alone (if not the only) that you two may have together all day!

5 Tips for Making the Most of your First Look

A first look can be beneficial for multiple reasons, and ultimately allows you to enjoy a few minutes to yourselves on a day where everyone is vying for your attention! So my biggest takeaways to making the most of your first look would be to plan for it, work with your photographer to be sure it’s a private moment, and just enjoy this special time together before you say “I do”!

Xo,
Jess

Images by Stacy Able Photography

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An Alexander Hotel wedding with Jessica Strickland Photography

Morgan + Julian’s black and gold wedding was swanky, stylish, and full of Hollywood glamour! The Alexander Hotel was the perfect location for this stunning art deco themed reception and no detail was spared. From the intricate gold-toned details on Morgan’s gown to the gorgeous black and gold sequin linens, their decor made you feel like you needed a glass of champagne in hand at all times!

Their flowers, designed by JP Parker, were understated but still added a punch to their reception tablescape alongside gold flatware, chargers and sparkly paperie products. The lighting in ballroom was spectacular. Between The Alexander’s insanely gorgeous crystal chandeliers and the lighting designed by Atmospheres Indy draped behind the band and their head table, Morgan + Julian’s reception was definitely one for the books.

Congratulations on a gorgeous wedding day Morgan + Julian, and cheers to a beautiful future together!

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photography  Jessica Strickland Photography
ceremony and reception  The Alexander Hotel
wedding coordination  Jessica Dum Wedding Coordination
floral design  JP Parker Flowers
reception entertainment  Living Proof
cake  Heavenly Sweets
invitations  Paper Source
lighting  Atmospheres Indy
favors  Chocolate for the Spirit
officiant  Wedding Officiant Indianapolis
gown  Bridal and Formal
bridesmaid dresses  J. Crew
grooms attire  J. Crew
rings  Distinctive Diamonds
brides jewelry  BHLDN
hair  Suzin Graybrook
makeup  Jenifer Graybrook

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A rustic barn wedding with Ivan & Louise Images

Sometimes brides fear having a fall wedding because they don’t want it to be full of pumpkins, orange, or all things Halloween. But Ellie + Tyler are proof that you can have a gorgeous rustic barn theme, like their Barn in Zionsville wedding, yet still include elements of the season. The Barn in Zionsville was the perfect location for this rustic wedding. It was full of beautiful opportunities for photos, including a fun image of Ellie with Merryleggs, the barn’s adorable pony!

Ellie + Tyler did not spare a single detail. From the incredible florals created by Isibeal Studio to the hand lettered apple “place cards” by LM Lettering & Design and a hot apple cider table, there were touches of fall throughout the reception without it being over the top. They even had a yummy pie bar with a variety of pies made by Grays Bakery and The Cake Bake Shop. It was perfectly balanced with hints of autumn and beautiful, feminine touches that you could tell were so very Ellie. This laid back couple was a delight to work with, full of love, and it was such a joy to see their two families join together.

We were also thrilled to see this gorgeous wedding featured in the current issue of WeddingDay Magazine. Be sure to check it out here!

Thank you again, Ellie + Tyler, for allowing JDWC to play a part in your special day!! Xo

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VENDOR TEAM
photography  Ivan & Louise Images
ceremony and reception  The Barn in Zionsville
wedding coordination  Jessica Dum Wedding Coordination
floral design  Isibeal Studio
catering  Jonathan Byrds Catering
ceremony and reception entertainment  Jim Cerone
rentals  A Classic Party Rental
vintage rentals  Violet Vintage
hand lettering  LM Lettering & Design
pies  The Cake Bake Shop + Grays Bakery
cake and cake pops  Confectioneiress
invitations  Minted
gown  The Wedding Studio
suits  Mens Wearhouse
hair  Wild Horses Hair Salon
makeup  Allier Beauty

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