Preparing for a wedding day filled with both joy and sorrow.
Q: We're debating doing a "first look." What are the benefits to saving that moment of surprise for the actual ceremony?
There are great reasons to go either way. The rule of thumb twenty-five years ago was that it is bad luck to see each other before the ceremony, and why tempt fate? This superstition actually came from when arranged marriages were common. The ceremony was a business deal, so to assure the groom would not run off if he didn’t approve of his bride’s appearance he was not allowed to see her prior to the "I dos."
Serena Santinello and Jay LaVoie had already been together for eight years when he popped the question one May afternoon at Tashmoo. The couple, who until recently lived year round on the Vineyard, is close friends with photographer Larisa Stinga. Under the guise of helping her test out a new camera, Jay set up a photo shoot at some of their favorite spots. “We eventually made our way to a large boulder in the water. I was holding the ring in my hand behind my back.
Heather Smith walks the beaches she’s known all her life, her eyes scanning the ground for bits of scallop shells, sea glass, and rounded stones. Each piece she collects, she’ll sort according to size and color, then turn them into something extraordinary – a bride’s veil, a lighthouse beacon, the moon.
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