by: Lauren

I saw a few more adorable First Looks, and I just had to do an encore to yesterday’s post!

Encore: The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.comEncore: The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com
*Kricia Morris Photography

Encore: The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com
*Studio 222

Oh the love and emotion! It makes me want to get married again!


by: Lauren
The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.comThe Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The First Look. Very often the thought of it is immediately brushed aside. Yes, it’s tradition to not see each other before walking down the aisle. However, the First Look is something that I would highly recommend including in your wedding day photography. More and more couples are choosing to do a First Look. The emotion, love, and excitement that comes with that First Look is captured beautifully with photography. It’s something that can rarely be captured any other way.

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

When walking down the aisle towards your future husband, you’re not able to hug each other, kiss each other, or talk about how excited you are. You just look at each other and stand or sit next to each other (sometimes for a long time if having a long ceremony). We had a full mass, and we were whispering to each other throughout the whole 45 minutes. I felt like we were kids talking during class!

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The emotion that you feel when you see your future husband is indescribable. But being able to act on that emotion and capture the happiness, love and excitement? Those are the moments that you want to capture!

Here are some examples of that emotion and excitement in the First Look captured by photographers.

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.comThe Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com
The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

*Sources: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7, Photo 8, Photo 9

The decision of doing a First Look is completely up to you! Don’t let your planner, friends, family, or photographer talk you into it or out of it! It should be a personal decision that you and your fiance discuss. Weigh the pros and cons, evaluate your personalities, your wedding day schedule, and your photographer.

I hope this will help brides in making their decision! If I
had seen something like this before my wedding, you would be seeing a First Look photo of me and my husband! If you have your own First Look photo that you love, I’d love to see it!



by: Lauren

It’s Inspiration Board Tuesday! I absolutely love designing these Inspiration Boards- I’ve realized that I look forward to it every week.

The color palette for this inspiration board is based on an April bride’s vision. Sarah’s wedding will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida, at a waterside hotel. Sarah described her vision for her outdoor wedding as organic, classy, and simple.
Black and white are the pure essence of class. The accents of emerald green will add a modern touch, yet still evoke the organic feel Sarah wants. The lighting will come from ambient decorative lights, candlelight, and Chinese lanterns. All of these elements will combine wonderfully to create a naturally romantic night under the stars.

Inspiration Board: Black, White, and Green via TheELD.com
Row 1: Flowers, Table Name, Drink Dispensers
Row 2: Lanterns, Centerpiece
Row 3: Bouquet, Place Setting, Centerpiece
Row 4: Candy Bar, Invitations, Escort Stones

Do you have a particular color palette or theme you would like to see made into an inspiration board? Leave a comment and let me know!

Have a wonderfully inspiring day!



by: Lauren

I’m very much a fan of having assigned seating at a large wedding, as I’m sure most event planners are. It curtails a great deal of confusion and awkwardness felt by the guests. I’ve been a guest at a wedding that was sans assigned seating, and I saw tables that were half full and tables that people had pulled chairs up to. It was indeed uncomfortable and a mess.

So, to prevent confusion of the masses, we have escort cards, place cards, and seating chart displays.

Escort cards are usually found in the entrance area of the reception, with the guest’s name and assigned table number (or table name). They can be displayed in a plethora of different and innovative ways.

Reception Seating Options via TheELD.com

Place cards are similar to escort cards, but they are set at the precise place the guest is assigned to. These are commonly used along with escort cards or a seating chart display. When there is a meal option, place cards play a very important role in helping the servers when they serve the meals.

Reception Seating Options via TheELD.com

The seating chart display is my personal favorite. It plays the same role as escort cards, but there is not a tangible object for guests to carry with them. The only drawback is that guests must remember what table they are seated at. It is usually the best idea to display the seating charts right outside of the entrance to where the reception seating is. This option for seating is very economical but can be beautiful as well. Personally, I had a difficult time finding a designer to make my seating chart for me, so I ended up making it on my own. However, seating chart displays are new to the wedding scene, so I hope more designers will be adding them to their repertoire!

Reception Seating Options via TheELD.com

Reception Seating Options via TheELD.com
*Via author’s wedding

And I must confess, this seating chart was one of my absolute favorite elements of the wedding. I actually have it hanging on the wall in our study now, despite my husband’s protests. I am in love with it.

For more information on seating options, check out this post!

I hope these seating options were helpful! Personally, I think the most difficult part of the wedding was assigning seats, but it was also one of the most enjoyable things! Which seating option are you planning on using in your wedding?