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Rochester Wedding First Looks

Guest blog post presented by Ilana from Sugar and Type, a design studio with a serious passion for paper!

Hello Buffalo! I’m so excited to be a member of Buffalo Indie Weddings, rep’ping your sister city, Rochester! I started my business after getting my Bachelors of Fine Art from RIT, and it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing clients, and it’s been so fun to share my own journey planning my own wedding!


I know the tradition is to see your partner at the end of the aisle, but I was totally all for breaking that tradition, along with many others. Gregg, my husband, is my best friend, and I really wanted a couple moments with him before the amazing commotion started. Seeing each other (and capturing it on camera) is a “first look”. For us, it was totally worth it. We both were shaking with the anticipation to turn around and see each other, and it was like falling in love all over again. It gave us a moment to reflect, and appreciate what was ahead of us, and having a photographer hiding behind the bushes to capture the emotion we felt at that moment was absolutely incredible. There are no rules – do you want your bridesmaids with you? If so, go ahead – this is your moment! Lori and Erin wrote about breaking the tradition here if you want to read all about it!

I absolutely love the raw emotion in this photo, taken by Lori and Erin at Burgandy Basin.

Lori and Erin captured these photos at Ravenwood. This is a perfect picture of pure joy.

I love the look of shock, excitement, overwhelm and awe as he looks at his soon-to-be wife!

I love how Lori and Erin were clearly set up on opposite sides so they captured both the bride and groom’s emotions at the same time. They’ve done the same thing in the photos below, where all the emotion is captured from different angles at the George Eastman House.

Are you planning to do a first look? If so, be sure to share your pictures and comment below on why you’re choosing to do one, or why you’re not!

Thank you again to Lori and Erin for sharing these beautiful pictures with us!

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