Thomas & Jennie | Nellysford, VA Wedding Photographer

The weather was perfectly cloudy and overcast, the venue was more than ready for the day's events, and the couple...couldn't be more excited to see one another :) Which is exactly where this post is going. I've asked Jennie to talk further about her and Thomas doing their first sight, and how it affected them and their wedding day! Here's what Jennie had to say:

"Thomas and I made a lot of our own traditions in our multi-cultural, interfaith wedding. But one of the best decisions we made was to do a first sight photography session. Instead of waiting to do all of our photos until after the ceremony, Thomas and I took Korie’s suggestion and we’re so glad we did. As Thomas says, we’re a pretty 21st century couple, but we’d recommend the first sight to anyone. Instead of waiting until after the ceremony to do our couple’s photos, we saw each other for the first time in private about two and a half hours before the ceremony. We got to be alone for a few minutes while Korie took pictures from a distance. Then, when we were ready, she came closer and we were able to take pictures of just us – kind of like a mini couple’s session – without everyone watching.

This extra hour also gave all my bridesmaids who helped me get ready some time to finish their own makeup. The bridesmaids and groomsmen joined us for some photos and then, right before the ceremony, we did family group shots. And after that, we still had a half hour to relax and sip some lemonade before it was time to walk down the aisle – Korie timed everything perfectly!

After the ceremony, we greeted our guests at the receiving line, but because of the first sight, we were able to go straight to the reception and join our guests. There was no waiting, no scrambling to find our friends and family members that were supposed to be in certain photos at certain times, and (best of all) no hour of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres that we couldn’t enjoy.

Traditionally, the groom doesn’t see his bride until she’s at the end of the aisle waiting to walk toward him, and that’s a really big moment of the wedding – the first sight. But in a traditional wedding, the photographer can’t always capture everything all at once on opposite sides of the room. But this way, Korie was able to be right there with us, catching all the little details – like Thomas’ surprise for me: his red argyle socks.

The first sight not only took a lot of stress away from our big day and made our evening wedding flow without a hitch, but it allowed for a true moment of togetherness for me and Thomas."

I'm telling you, their wedding day couldn't have been more perfect! The couple: AMAZING. The friends, family, and guests: SO FULL OF LOVE AND READY TO CELEBRATE! The venue: BEAUTIFUL! (be sure to check out the Mark Addy Bed and Breakfast, future brides!!) The details: SO CREATIVE! And the food: KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF delicious :) All family recipes!!

Anyways, enough chat, go check out the photos already and enjoy!! :)