We did a first look and got the majority of our photos done prior to the ceremony—which I loved—but I thought it would be nice to run out of the ceremony and take some photos of Brian and I right after getting married. It was nice to just be in our own little \”love bubble\” for 20 minutes to process what had just happened! The vibe of the photos are completely different from the pics we took earlier. I’m so glad we had that time alone to enjoy the first few moments of being married.
Caralyn Mirand Koch
June 29, 2018
Martina Liana, “685” @martinalianabridal
Colin Gordon Photography @colin_patrick
The Statler in Buffalo NY
What was the most memorable part of your special day?
Wedding Atelier Styling Tip
I had the honor of going dress shopping with my mom, sister and three of my bridesmaids in New York City. I had a general vision of what I wanted and it was a lot harder to find than I thought it would be. To be honest, I never thought that I was going to have that “moment.” Well, I did. I held my composure, but my eyes welled up. I turned around to gauge the reaction of my crew and they were also crying. My mother, who is the strongest, fiercest woman I know, was crying. I knew… this was it. They added a veil and jewelry to see the “look” come together and I didn’t want to take it off! After about twenty five minutes of having the dress on, I tried on a few other ones, then slept on it. The next day I went back and purchased Martina Liana‘s 685 from Wedding Atelier. I have zero regrets about that dress—it was perfect for me. Tips for hair: know your hair. My hair is very fine and falls flat easily so I wanted to make sure my volume was on point for pictures—another reason I’m so glad I did a first look. I did two trials with different products to make sure we had a game plan to keep my hair looking fresh all day! Makeup: When it comes to makeup, it should reflect an elevated version of yourself. If you’re not one to wear a red lip or smokey eye on a typical day, why do it for your wedding day? I really wanted my makeup to be fresh, bright and clean so that it would highlight my natural features! Do not skimp on good hair, makeup and proper fitting undergarments—that was essential in my confidence for the day. I’d highly recommend hiring a wedding planner in addition to professional photographers/videographers and florist. I was very blessed to have such an incredible team of people to pull of the day. It truly takes a village. On that note, do not hire anyone who doesn’t make you feel AMAZING! It doesn’t matter if they’re the “best” or “most expensive” in town. If they don’t treat you with the upmost kindness and respect, forget them. This is your wedding and you are hiring them to make your life easier!