First look photos—taking pictures of the first time a groom sees his bride prior to the ceremony—are becoming more and more popular these days. There are quite a few reasons to consider taking first look photos:
Doing a first look allows for better planning and less time feeling rushed. It allows for extra cushion time to get the best photos. If you can’t get all of your photos taken before the ceremony, there will be time afterwards!
Weddings can feel absolutely crazy with out-of-town guests coming in early and friends or family buzzing around trying to help get the last minute details squared away. If you have a few hours blocked out for first look pictures and just some hang out time on the day of the wedding, your nerves will thank you! It will mean having a chance to spend a little quiet time with your future husband/wife which will help make the day all the more enjoyable.
Most traditional weddings do photos of the wedding party, bride, and groom after the ceremony while the guests enjoy a form of cocktail hour. Sometimes photos take longer than planned which can cause a delay in getting the reception started. Having all or most of your photos done before the wedding allows for a quicker turnover which keeps everyone happy!
We don’t want to make anyone upset who doesn’t want to do a first look, but we do believe you’re able to get fantastic if not better photos with a first look. More time with your photographer allows them to get more creative with their shots. If you take photos after the ceremony, there’s often a feeling of pressure to get just the necessary photos completed so you can join the rest of the party and the guests can move on to dinner.
You shouldn’t be nervous about missing out on seeing your grooms reaction at the first sight of his beautiful bride! The photos you get from a first look shoot are just as genuine as the ones when a groom sees his bride as she walks down the aisle! Your future groom is guaranteed to break into a massive smile the second he sees you—no matter where that happens! We would even argue that you might get an even truer reaction from your future spouse as the moment is more privately romantic being just the couple and the photographer rather than being in front of hundreds of guests.
The idea of taking photos after the ceremony stems from tradition dating back to the era of arranged marriages; it was believed that if the couple saw each other prior to the ceremony it would give them a reason to run away. Seems like a solid foundation for a marriage doesn't it...?
With all of this in mind, will you take the traditional route and see your future husband for the first time on your wedding day as you take your first steps down the aisle towards him? Or will you take a more modern approach to your wedding photos and see your groom for the first time when you share a moment in a more private setting prior to the ceremony?
No matter which direction you choose to take we are VERY excited to host your special day!
Photo on top right by Ainsley Rose Photography; Photo on bottom left by Matt Kennedy Photography
How cute was that idea to have a disposable camera on each table? What a great way to capture your wedding from the eyes of your guests. Unfortunately, the quality—and occasionally the content—of the photos you get after spending all that money to develop them just isn’t worth it!
Now let’s talk about the #hashtag. If you are involved in social media in any capacity, you have more than likely seen hashtags being used. One of the beauties of a hashtag is that it allows people to group like photos together in a search on social media platforms; this makes it an incredible tool for your wedding day as well as the events leading up to the big day!
Most of your guests will have cell phones, and probably even Instagram. (If not, it is a free app that only takes a minute to download, so you can ask your guests to download it before the wedding!)
All you need to do is come up with a unique and catchy hashtag. If you feel that you can’t come up with one, fear not, several websites actually offer suggestions after entering you and your significant others names and the wedding date!
Once you have your personal hashtag figured out it is time to come up with some signage. Whether it be a chalkboard, little signs in the centerpieces or included in your wedding programs, make sure you let your guests know what to tag when they post photos of your wedding on social media!
At the end of the day, a wedding hashtag is an easy way for you to keep track of the photos taken on your wedding day, as well as get instant access to those beautiful memories. Happy hashtagging!
Don’t forget to tag us too!We love to share your photos! #redwoodsweddings
At Redwoods we thrive off of taking new ideas and turning them into
a reality—we love staying ahead of the curve! If anyone has been following our social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (links below) you may have noticed that something is in the works at Redwoods! Since early March we have been keeping a secret while posting pictures trying to lead our followers in the right direction… and our project is finally complete! Redwoods is now the owner of a completely redesigned and fully functioning Food Truck!
Decked out in the classic Redwoods red and white, the Team Woods Food Truck will be featured at all of our shot gun tournaments starting this year! Equipped with all of the bells and whistles, our Food Truck is built to accommodate all kinds of food for shot gun tournaments to enjoy during tailgates.
Team Woods Food Truck is also available as an option at weddings for the late-night snack! How fun would it be to have this pull up to your wedding bearing all sorts of delicious snacks for your famished (and danced-out) wedding guests? To book your tournament featuring our Food Truck, or to add this head-turner to your wedding package, email our events team at email@example.com!
Don’t forget to follow our social media accounts so you can keep up-to-date on all of our projects and events!
Practice makes perfect. This statement is true with pretty much every sport or activity you were involved in growing up, and the same stands true on your wedding day!
A wedding rehearsal only takes approximately 30 minutes but it is a truly effective tool to help your wedding day go smoothly. Your wedding is the highlight of the weekend and your rehearsal dinner should be a reflection of the creativity and effort you have put into pulling it all together.
Traditionally the rehearsal is held the night before the wedding; however recently the rehearsal has become more of a celebration of its own rather than just a formality. Here at Redwoods couples may hold their rehearsal any evening during the week leading up to their big day starting anytime before 5:00pm. With this kind of flexibility there is a lot more time for the couple to relax, recuperate, and get ready for their main event!
Why not let us host your rehearsal dinner?
At Redwoods our rehearsal packages offer a variety of dinner menus to choose from as well as reserved spaces in our cozy restaurant or out on our beautiful patio where you can enjoy your meal. Our experienced team will ensure you and your guests feel relaxed, comfortable and above all have a fantastic time! Invite as many friends and family members as you like to the rehearsal dinner, but remember that the rehearsal itself should only include those involved directly in the processional or recessional. Any questions about our rehearsal packages? Contact our events team at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may want to grab a tissue before reading this one!
As many of you may already know, the 2nd annual Boys of Fall Charity Golf Tournament took place at Redwoods last August. All proceeds went to JRFM Basics for Babies; a partnership with the Lower Mainland food banks to assist them in providing for the tiniest in need!
We were blown away with everyones generosity and support which resulted in raising an incredible $75,000 for Basics for Babies!
During the live auction, there were 3 private performances with Chad Brownlee and Dallas Smith to be won... Steve donated a generous amount and won one of these private performances.
Steve planned to host his private performance with Chad and Dallas right here at Redwoods. He arranged to have his dearest friends, family and coworkers join and planned to propose to his girlfriend this night! Steve had planned this 3 months in advance, however, due to scheduling he had to wait until December.
The evening started with a special appearance by Santa who delivered Christmas gifts to all the children. Their expressions were just the cutest! Soon after, the private performance with Chad and Dallas began.
Chad sang his romantic song " Love Me Or Leave Me", followed by Dallas singing a verse from his song " And Then Some". For those of you that haven't heard the lyrics, here is the verse that he sang:
"This love can last forever
I can only say what I'm gunna say with one knee on the ground
Make me a better man, take a hold of my hand
Honey I promise you
I will be the one to save you
when you got nowhere to run
and whenever this world breaks you
I'll be there to pick you up
If you're feeling desperation
And your faith is all but gone
I will give you my last breath so you can carry on
I love you that much, and then some"
During this verse, Steve had his own mic, and got down on one knee to ask Kerry the four words that she will never forget: " Will you marry me?".. And .. She said YES!
Congratulations to both Steve and Kerry on their engagement! From all of us at Redwoods, we wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness!
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