Is a First Look Right for You?

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Winston-Salem North Carolina Wedding Photographers Explain Why a First Look Might be Right For You!

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Is a first look right for you? Every bride dreams of that moment when her groom sees her for the first time. Many brides are hesitant to consider a first look because they want that reaction from the groom when they walk down the aisle. This is traditionally how it is done, but weddings today are all about shaking up tradition and making them your own.

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Does the Wedding ceremony make you nervous?

The First Look is a great opportunity to shake the nerves and relax before the ceremony. Many brides (and grooms) feel very nervous before the ceremony begins. This is very normal and can sometimes range from the jitters to a full-on panic! Setting aside time for a first look can give you a moment to pause with your partner and take a few deep breaths together!

Read More about crafting the perfect Wedding Day Timeline!

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Do you want alone time?

A First Look gives the Bride and Groom time alone together. This is a wonderful time to share sweet words or a moment of prayer together. We also find grooms are able to let their guard down and be more open with their bride during this time.

***A note about the Groom – Many grooms express emotion during the First Look, but some do not. If he is not typically an emotional guy, its okay if he’s not on your wedding day. Don’t let the pressure of expectation rob you, or your groom, of the unique experience you will both share together on this day!

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Do you want more photos?

A First Look will provide the opportunity for significantly more couple portraits. By scheduling a first look, we can help you prepare a timeline that allows us to capture a majority of the portraits before the ceremony even begins! We can do portraits of the family and wedding party, as well as romantic photos ( and still have time to steal you away at sunset for a few more!) Doing a first look significantly changes your wedding day timeline and how many portraits are curated for your gallery.

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Do you want to avoid the rush?

Planning alone time and portraits before the ceremony will give you more time to spend with your groom before the rush of the day begins. It builds in one more opportunity to create beautiful traditions and memories as you start your family together.

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Another option….

Still aren’t convinced? That’s okay! Your wedding is unique to YOU and your traditions. Another type of first look that is becoming very popular is a first look with Dad or another significant family member. For Dad’s especially, this is a great opportunity for him to let his guard down before giving away his little girl. Creating those memories with Dad or other important people in your life are what make your wedding day so special. We want to help you build in as many of those memorable experiences as possible!

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More from Kristen and Seth’s beautiful Winter Wedding

Thank you again Courtney Grant Photography for allowing us to join you as a second-shooter for this beautiful wedding!

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We're Josh & Alisha

Just two lovebirds, enjoying everyday life.

Photographers. Artists. Creatives. Parents to two. Nerds. Foodies. Lovers. Friends.

We have been friends since 2006, married since 2008, and capturing memories through photography since 2010. The years of experience in all three make us uniquely qualified to tell your budding love story. If the years have taught us anything, its that fulfilling, long-lasting marriages have a foundation of friendship, and are built with joy - and perhaps quite a few carbs! 

We strive to help you feel confident during your big day, and not awkward or stressed - so you can look back on joyful memories that tell your love story.

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Hi! I'm Alisha!

I'm so excited you're here! 

In addition to being a lady-boss photographer, I am a wife, a mom, a teacher and a follower of Jesus. Those things are the center of everything about who I am, what I do, and how I do it. That means I believe in how important family is, whether you are just starting your own, or are celebrating all of those special milestones. Josh and I have been married for over 12 years and photographing weddings and families for over 10 of those years. Our style has evolved over time, but we love capturing images that are bright, colorful, and tell the most important story - yours!

When we are not shooting, I love going on adventures with our two beautiful girls, trying new recipes, or catching up on my favorite shows with my hubby.

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Hi! I'm Josh!

I want to capture your day!

Having the opportunity to live in a town as beautiful as Kernersville, NC is great. Being able to be here with Alisha is even better. I've been married over twelve years to the love of my life and for most of that time we have worked closely as wedding photographers. Because of this, we have a unique outlook on the wedding experience. Having the opportunity to find the joy and love in that special day and share it with you and your family and friends is the best thing about what I do. That's why I never miss getting a photo of the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time.

When I don't have a camera in my hands, I enjoy coffee dates and car-sushi with my bride, board games before bed, and binge watching Netflix.

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