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Our Wedding / Why we chose to do a First Look

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We always knew we wanted to do a first look. The idea of getting the portraits out of the way before the ceremony, being able to enjoy our cocktail hour with our friends and family and (hopefully) getting out some of those pre ceremony jitters were our main decision makers but I don’t think either of us anticipated the emotions we’d have. Being able to have that time alone with each other on an otherwise kind of insane day was so, soooo good.

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I know a lot of couples worry that if they do a first look it won’t be as special when they walk down the aisle and see each other. Let me tell you, the feeling doesn’t change, well it didn’t for me at least. It’s still SO incredibly special to see each other, surrounded by all of your loved ones. That walk is like none other BUT the wonderful thing about it is that I (Megan) was just so, so happy and was able to look around at our friends and family AND at my groom and not feel like I was going to throw up from nerves.

I (Adam) was genuinely shocked when I turned around and saw Megan. I obviously had no idea what her dress was going to look like and for a moment I was actually speechless. It was a moment when I realized “woah, this is happening. This is my bride”. When I saw Megan walking down the aisle I saw our future together. I’ll admit that I wasn’t as taken back as I was when I saw her during our first look. But it was a different feeling, I was calmer and just really excited for this moment to seal our commitment to each other.

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If you’re considering a first look, be sure to talk about what you want with your partner and talk to your photographer about the timeline of your day and what the best options are. Sometimes, if your ceremony is towards sunset having a first look is somewhat necessary and on the other side, if you are having an earlier ceremony, say in the summertime when the sun sets way later in the evening you would have more than enough time to do portraits after your ceremony BUT remember, you will be missing your cocktail hour. In the end, it’s your day and you should do whatever feels right but just know all of your options!

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Megan’s Details

Dress: Clementine by Sarah Seven

Belt: Sarah Seven Gilded Belt

Shoes: Betsey Johnson “Blue”

Hair: April Warford of Eclectic Chic Salon

Makeup: Wynter Binder

Adam’s Details

Shoes: Church Footware

Bow Tie: Hackett

Suit: Custom from Klein Epstein Parker

Beautiful photos by the talented Brumley and Wells

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Business Casual

 

meganwelker-bravwel1-16-9Working in a high end showroom has its perks. You get to work with interesting clients, beautiful furniture, art and you get to dress up. The only downside is, what do you wear when you need to get down and dirty? Most days I’m either moving furniture or polishing a wood piece which is why I think a casual formal outfit is best. I would love to wear a three piece suit but no one has time for that when you have to move a couch.  meganwelker-bravwel1-16-6meganwelker-bravwel1-16-17meganwelker-bravwel1-16-15meganwelker-bravwel1-16-11

Glasses – Tom Ford

Blazer – Club Monaco

Oxford Shirt – J. Crew

Blue Chinos – Club Monaco

Boots – Timberland

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John Boultbee

meganwelker-brav-5I have been trying to dress a little better these days but it’s not easy living in Los Angeles. I mean we only have 3 days of cold weather so that doesn’t leave leave a lot of options. That doesn’t mean I can’t dress up in a more relaxed SoCal style. meganwelker-brav-6 meganwelker-brav-7   meganwelker-brav-14 meganwelker-brav-15 meganwelker-brav-16meganwelker-brav-10 meganwelker-brav-18Shirt – J. Crew

Glasses – Tom Ford

Belt – Club Monaco

Jeans – Williamsburg Garment

Wallet –  John Boultbee

Boots- Timberland

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