{Real Wedding} Ryan and Liz: Reception

And now for the forth and final post of this amazing day! The reception.

The sign in table was just gorgeous! Lizzie really did the details up here. Such an amazing and totally unique way for people to say hello and sign in at your wedding! And this little canvas tree idea has already been used again.

Jasmin from Wildflower Event Florals did a phenomenal job on all of the flowers. The bouquets were just stunning!

Definitely the greatest shot of a garter catch ever!

And now for the surprise of the night. The MOH and a slue of other people worked hard to create a 20 minute video with each of the BMs and GMs wishing the bride and groom well and telling stories from the past. It was hilarious and sentimental all in one. And it was the perfect little surprise for them.

This day really was perfect, and I am so honored to have been a part of it.

Liz is selling a few of the items from her wedding as well as other vintage finds on her Etsy Shop. If you love her style, you'll love her shop!

Photography: Jason + Anna Photography Florals: Wildflower Event Florals Programs: Designed by Liz. Check out her Etsy Shop Venue: Murietta's Well. Livermore, CA Dress: Vineyard Collection (for sale!) Bridesmaid Dresses: Express, H&M, Forever 21, etc. Boys Attire: Express for Men

See the rest of this wedding: Getting Ready, First Look, Ceremony, Reception

{Real Wedding} Ryan and Liz: Getting Ready

Over 3 months later, and I finally got this posted! No doubt you have seen this wedding by now. It was first featured on Style Me Pretty, The Knotty Bride, Hi-Fi Weddings, Love and Lavender, and I think there were a few more than that. Thank you all so much for featuring Ryan and Liz's wedding! It is so much fun to see it constantly popping up all over the place. After looking through over 900 photos of the day, I have chosen a batch that will give a bit more of an insight into their amazing day.

All photos were taking by the unbelievably incredible Jason + Anna Photography. And let me tell you, they really were that incredible. I swear Anna is the MacGyver of weddings. It all started when she helped one of the bridesmaids put on faux eyelashes, then by having a perfect color cardigan for a photo we were doing, and lastly, she was able to help us work out a last minute secret surprise for Liz and Ryan. On top of all that, they were so nice and amazing, and are now doing both mine and Melissa's wedding as well! So, we obviously highly recommend these amazing artists!

So here we go with this rustic and romantic Livermore winery wedding!

Getting ready is definitely one of my favorite photo opportunities as far as weddings are concerned. And this was definitely a fun time for all of us!

Photography: Jason + Anna Photography Venue: Murietta's Well. Livermore, CA Florals: Wildflower Event Florals Dress: Vineyard Collection (for sale!) Bridesmaid Dresses: Express, H&M, Forever 21, etc. Boys Attire: Express for Men

See the rest of this wedding: Getting Ready, First Look, Ceremony, Reception

The First Look

The first look was one of my favorite parts of Ryan and Liz's wedding. Of course none of the bridesmaids were at the scene, but instead, we were all crammed together on the end of the balcony trying to get as close of a look as possible. Even from that distance the moment was amazing, you really could just feel it. The body language really spoke for itself. I love this little sequence below because it takes no words to describe. The love and excitement is so present between the two of them that it is rather hard to try to put words to this incredibly romantic moment.

The First Look:

How do you feel about first looks? Are you going to do one??

I wasn't really that into them before, but after seeing this and thinking about it more, I really do think I am going to do one. The reasons I have been able to muster up would be first and foremost, the photography opportunity! It is really hard to get these kinds of shots while walking down the aisle, and could you imagine if they didn't have these gorgeous shots? Oh and a side note would be that you could get some of the photography shot list done before the wedding. Second reason would be the intimate moment of the whole thing. I would like the moment between him and I to be special, intimate and alone. Plus you can say a few words to each other possibly lighten the jitters a bit?? Plus I think the walking down the isle moment is in such a different element, that he will look just as he would've if he didn't see you in the first place.The last reason for me personally is that my eye sight is really bad, so chances are, I won't even be able to see him half the time I am walking down the isle!

So what are your pro's and con's on the first look? Are you adding it to your wedding, or are you sticking to tradition??

Photo Credit: Jason + Anna Photography