Some brides don't like this idea because it involves seeing the groom before the wedding, but, personally, I love it. I love the sneak attack the bride gets to pull on the groom, I love getting the genuine reactions of both bride and groom without everyone else around, and I love that we won't have to miss out on the reception because we're busy taking photos (this goes for the bridal party shots as well).For those wondering, I am not doing a trash the dress as my day after session. Yes, I believe I am wearing the dress again. But I can't fathom trashing it :( So, it will just be an extra session of photos in a different location!
Onto the locations. In this post I'm going to present options for the pre ceremony pics, and would love your input!
Spot #1: Lake Musconetcong
Selling points: swans, benches, random "aisle" leading to lake, real live lily pads, under 5 minute drive from the house
Spot #2: Lake Musconetcong (different spot)
Selling points: Same as above except this is literally around the corner from my house (and minus the swans). An under 2 minute drive. Those mountains across the lake usually change color in the fall (obviously it's the TREES on the mountains, not the mountains themselves), so that may look cool.
Spot #3: Hopatcong State Park
Selling Points: It's a state park so it has trails (although I've never been on them). Also on a lake, has stairs/fun things to play around on, has a beach (although it's kind of dirty), has a waterfall (I couldn't get close to due to how crowded it was). One con is that it gets filled to capacity early and, while we should be able to get in the park around 4:30, there will probably still be a lot of people around. About a 5-7 minute drive from the house.
Soooo where do you think we should do our pre ceremony pics? Spot #1, #2, or #3? Be on the lookout for Part II, which will show options for the day after session. If any of you locals out there have any ideas for those, please feel free to add them in the comments! I think I have plenty for the pre ceremony shots, though, especially since we're trying to keep it close to the house.
*If you don't know what Skype is, you're missing out. Basically it's FREE video calls to anywhere in the world (all you need is a webcam), and FH and I wouldn't be where we are today without it. GIVING CREDIT TO BRIDESMAID AMANDA HERE FOR INTRODUCING US TO IT! :)