Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
Long Beach Island, New Jersey is one of our favorite towns on the shore of New Jersey. We have been blessed a couple times with being a part of weddings that took place on LBI. Each wedding different but each wedding making LBI the focal point due to the couples love for the island.
Jenny grew up spending her summers on LBI (I believe in her Dad's welcome speech he mentioned she was conceived on LBI) and when Jenny met Adam she brought him into the fold that is the love for LBI. Mallard Island Yacht Club was the perfect venue for their ceremony and reception.
Although, Jenny grew up spending her summers and holidays at the shore, she and Adam currently live in Boston, MA. So, our first conversation was actually with Jenny's mom, Lisa. From the get go, we fell for this family. Our first in-person meeting we met with the entire family and they are a riot. Jenny's family was awesome (if you can't tell by her dad's admission during his "Welcome Speech"), you could feel how close they were and home much they loved one another. It was a blast to be a part of this planning process!
Oh, the difference between the bride's day and the groom's day!
Jenny, you were perfection!
I just don't think I would tire from this view and this place, ever.
Jenny & Adam's guests danced all night long and when the choice came to get onto the shuttle and head back to the hotel or go downstairs for the after party came, guests of ALL ages made their way down to the after party which ragged into the wee hours of the next morning!
Thank you to this fantastic family for all of your awesomeness!
Congratulations Jenny & Adam, we wish you two the best of everything!
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club
Florist: MDS Floral Designs
Band: EBE Entertainment, Dreamtime
Photographer: Joshua Zuckerman Photography
Videography: Tweed Video
Lighting: Fennelli Design
Ceremony Portrait: Wed On Canvas
Transportation: Shooboo Shuttle
Wood Signs: Kyle Michelle Weddings
As the times change so do trends and traditions. I am all for growing and changing with the times, but when it comes to first looks I have to say I will always love the moment the doors open to the ceremony space and a bride enters and her groom see's her for the first time in her stunning gown. As she walks down the aisle, he can't look away, a tear forms, his heart is racing and she is walking slowly taking in the moment.
With that said, First Looks have made their mark on the wedding industry, they are here to stay. The option of the bride and groom seeing each other before the ceremony has provided many positives for both wedding vendors and couples. For example, if your ceremony backs up to your reception, a first look enables you to get an unlimited amount of pictures without being rushed. It also enables you, as the couple to attend your cocktail hour and mingle with your guests prior to all the eating, dancing and most likely drinking. Photographers LOVE First Looks!
So, with First Looks becoming a staple in the wedding world I have to suggest a new way of having the first look that helps to encompass both the lengthy walk down the aisle and the private moment before the ceremony, drum roll please...
Introducing the FIRST LOOK WALK. Yep-why not have your moment to walk, let your groom see you from a distance, let him anticipate the moment of seeing you up close and let you relish in the moment as you walk toward your groom. And most of all, let it naturally evolve; does he decide to walk towards you, do you pick up the pace so you can get into his arms quicker, does he pick you up, kiss you, will he cry or will his mouth drop open. The walk will open up endless possibilities, who knows you may trip and fall, but whatever happens it will be between you and your groom.
So...who wants to walk????