This past spring I was graciously invited by Caroline Frost to assist her at A&L’s Long Island wedding. It was a beautiful May day and we started early in the morning capturing the bride getting ready at her childhood home with her and her family. The energy in the room was contagious and being a newlywed myself it brought me right back to the morning of my wedding. I could completely relate to everyone’s nervous jitters and it was really fun to feel that again.
After everyone was ready we all jumped in our cars and made our way to the wedding venue. The bride and groom decided on a “first look”, so that was our first priority when we arrived. A “first look” is a moment before the ceremony where the groom gets to see his bride for the first time. My husband and I chose to do a “first look” for our wedding and I have to say, it was one of my favorite parts of the day. It was the moment where it really settled in that we were not only going to become husband and wife but it will probably be the first and last time we would have this day to ourselves and we really cherished that. Some people don’t agree with a “first look” and want to be walking down the aisle of the ceremony to be the first time they see each other. Either way the moment you see each other for the first time is a moment you will never forget.
Since I was assisting Caroline I was trying to take pictures whenever I could but I was also trying to take everything in at the same time. I didn’t want to get in the way of her or her second photographer, Melissa, so I tried to hang back and get different angles of the couple.
After the ceremony, Caroline and I headed into the ballroom to take pictures of the room, tables, cake and decorations while Melissa went to the cocktail hour. Right before the reception kicked off Caroline and Melissa both looked and me and said “now this is the fun part!” The bride and groom entered the room, danced and then the party began! I completely understood what they meant. Watching people dance and really let loose was so much fun to capture.
Once the night was over my back and feet were killing me but I cannot explain the amount of knowledge and experience I gained from this day. Caroline and Melissa really took the time to give me advice and teach me things that I never would have known on my own and I am so grateful for that.
One of my favorite pictures. Gorgeous bride.
Can you tell I loved the cake?! So beautiful and simple.
A lot of moving pieces go into planning a wedding day timeline and we know it can be overwhelming! Grab our free guide to plan the perfect timeline for your day.
Grab Your Guide