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Hear from the pros, tips for a destination wedding and a couple of our photos featured by Travel Channel!

Winter is right around the corner. If you are thinking about doing a destination wedding to get away to a warmer location, check out these two Travel Channel articles, “Expert Tips for Destination Weddings” and “What to Pack for Your Destination Wedding”, where two of our photos are featured. The articles include some ideas that you might not have had the chance to think about. 

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Soft & Romantic, Kim & Matt’s Brittland Estates Wedding featured on the Rustic Weddings Blog

See our photos of Kim & Matt’s beautiful wedding at the Brittland Estates in Chestertown, MD featured on Rustic Weddings Blog. The couple added personalized touches that made their wedding unique and the most memorable. Even their photogenic dog, Walter, posed for the camera!

Proud Contributor of The International wedding trend report 2018!

The wedding trends report is created by the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning. It is put together by professionals from all over the world to help planners, brides and industry experts for future wedding planning. Some of the biggest names around the world in the wedding industry contribute to this report. The information is extremely valuable to those planning a wedding. Mike B was honored to contribute and to be featured in the International Wedding Trends report for the third year in a row. To access the full 2018 report, click here

First Look Tips

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When your big day arrives, we know that despite all of the planning you’ve done in the past year, some things get left out of the timeline. But the one thing that shouldn’t be neglected is the first look. Here are some wedding day tips on how to incorporate a first look into your day.

One of the most memorable moments of any wedding is the moment a bride and groom see each other for the first time. For some more traditional weddings, that doesn’t happen until the bride is walking down the aisle. For the less traditional weddings, there is time ahead of the ceremony where the bride and groom take a moment just for themselves. We tend to favor these “first looks” before the wedding, because we feel that this intimate moment is something that should never be rushed. This beautiful moment should be shared between just the two of you.

First looks allow you to share a private moment before facing hundreds of people and exchanging vows. We have seen it help tremendously with the nerves ahead of the big “I do”s. This moment is exclusive between the couple and allows for an exchange of emotions, hopes for the future, and sometimes even cards or gifts. The first look allows for you two to take a breath before the excitement of the ceremony, just the two of you.

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An intimate moment like this should never be rushed. So, if you choose to do a first look, we advise you to plan at least an extra 10 minutes for it. You can plan more if you would like to take your time, but those 10 minutes can make all the difference in seeing each other and settling nerves. It allows you to have a special moment outside of prying eyes. 

We also suggest that you schedule another 45 minutes for bridal party formals ahead of the ceremony. This extra time before the wedding can alleviate a lot of the stress of the transition from the ceremony to the reception. You don’t have to worry about those formal photos after you’re riding high from having just been married. That way, you have the opportunity to enjoy more of the wedding day that you otherwise might have missed—like attending your cocktail hour.

Your wedding day is incredibly important, and every moment should be preserved and cherished. We highly recommend scheduling a first look so that your reactions are perfectly captured and so that you are allowed to truly enjoy yourselves together.