crane estate : first look advice






i know its suggested that one doesn't choose a favorite, as it leads others to feel less substantial... totally not the case, i have a lot of favorites (i mean only 1 favorite husband and 1 favorite child, of course) my favorite flower is lily of the valley... and peonies... and garden roses... oh! and white bleeding hearts, see there i go!  my favorite food is thai coconut curry soup... and pizza... and ice cream... and anything spicy, oh shoot, see!!  this leads me to this venue... MY FAVORITE, the crane estate in ipswich!  and the pictures from this stunner from amanda marie studio also a favorite!  i loved on these images like they were from my own wedding!!  the lighting, this COUPLE (sophie and ian... aborbs to the max!) the way the ribbons blew in the wind in the pictures... total favorite!  enjoy!









my take on the "first look"
do it!  and i am truly old school, traditionalist (i've veered on my own path, but for the most part... old school) and i 100% say do a first look with your partner with your photographer.  in my years in the industry i've seen trends come and go, the idea of the first look (side bar :: for anyone not familiar with this term, "first look" it's when the couple see's one another before the ceremony for pictures, in an intimate setting, without the eyes of their whole guest list) helps to calm nerves, create a moment together before the busy-ness of the day.  the moment you see your "about to-be" spouse come down that aisle is like your seeing each other for the first time, your heart stops, they take your breath away, you hear and see nothing but them... there's still something very special about standing upon the alter (or in a field) at the "destination point" of your vows, the area you come together to be one that the first look doesn't take away from.  another reason wayy less mushy is that it means you can spend the whole cocktail hour together with your guests, as more than likely following the first look, you've taken pictures with your parents and bridal party too... it's a win all around!!  i share all this as i think it's super helpful for the feedback but because look how great s&i's pictures are below from their first looks!!








les fleurs : crane estate : bridesmaid : blush pink : juliet & dahlia bouquet : ribbon tails



les fleurs : crane estate : bridesmaid : blush pink : juliet & dahlia bouquet : ribbon tails

les fleurs : crane estate : bridesmaid : blush pink : juliet & dahlia bouquet : ribbon tailsles fleurs : crane estate : bridesmaid : blush pink : juliet & dahlia bouquet : ribbon tails

this group of shots here are my favorite!!  explore the crane estate for amazing picture sites, it has so much to offer!!



les fleurs : crane estate : bridesmaid : blush pink : juliet & dahlia bouquet : ribbon tails







a family friend lent sophie the archway, which we simply covered with greens and blooms. this style flowed into the reception for dinner.  the tables the guests dined at were long banquet tables filled with simple, summer greenery and accent blooms.


les fleurs : birch archway : dahlias : crane estate






les fleurs : crane estate wedding : long tables : garland on tables : green garland

les fleurs : crane estate wedding : long tables : garland on tables : green garland

les fleurs : crane estate wedding : long tables : garland on tables : green garland





cheers to you both!!  

next up on the blog, an amazing workshop sandra and i took from the ever humble and immensely talented ariella chezar in the berkshires last fall 

xo, kerianne & the fleurettes'