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Seattle Wedding Vendor Q&A: Breanna Marie Photography

Half of the fun of being a wedding planner is being able to work with tons of other amazing people in the area! We can't tell you how many awesome Seattle wedding vendors we have met over the past 2 years. We also get tons and tons of couples asking us for vendor suggestions; it is part of our job to curate the perfect team for each client, after all! It's one of our favorite things about the planning process.

Because we've made so many amazing friends, we wanted to feature some of them for a new segment we're calling Friendor Friday! What's Friendor Friday, you ask? It's just a way for us to do a vendor highlight of some of the best is the biz - our vendor friends, aka friendors! We will be asking each vendor a serious of questions that we believe are FAQ's from brides and grooms.

We're so excited to have Breanna Marie Photography as our guest today! This husband and wife duo is seriously amazing and they answered all of our questions so eloquently. 10/10 would recommend these two cuties.

How would you define your style of photography?

I would say my style is true to life, joy-filled, and romantic! I like to have a good balance of directing our couples but also allowing them to interact with each other a ton.

What is a first look and why should I have one?

A first look is a private moment with just the couple (and the photographer/videographer) where you get to see each other for the first time a couple hours before the ceremony! It helps get some of the wedding nerves out, and allows you to spend so much more of your day with your person! It also helps the flow of the day as you are able to get all of your photos done before the ceremony, then you get to go straight to the party after you are married. From personal experience, seeing my husband before our ceremony didn’t take anything away from the walk down the aisle.

What advice can you give to make a first look go easily?

I would recommend having your first look at the getting ready location, if the venue allows. It keeps things stress free when you are able to simply walk over to the spot for the first look and portraits! Depending on where you get married, this might not be an option in which case, a nearby park or the rooftop of the hotel you got ready at would be great choices! I would not recommend having the bridal party or family there to watch the first look. While this day is all about the two of you, it is always surprising how little time you get to spend as a couple! Having an audience might make you a little nervous, rather than allowing you to take the moment in, and react without expectations.

Why should I spend money on photography when my family friend has offered to photograph our wedding?

It sounds super cliché, but you get what you pay for, especially when it comes to photography. Hiring a professional that knows their way around a wedding timeline will save you so much stress, and will result in better images! It takes a long time to develop the skills to photograph in any type of light, under rushed circumstances, and with a ton of personalities to work with. The food, flowers, and cake all make for a spectacular day, and the photographs are what help you cherish these memories. They are something you are able to share with family and friends for the rest of your life.