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    Al and I are down-to-earth, energetic wedding professionals! We truly LOVE what we do! We will work hard to make sure that your day is everything you planned it to be. It’s important to hire a team that you are comfortable with- you want to be able to laugh and have fun- this helps you feel more at ease and helps your pictures come out better. And we have become great friends with so many of our past clients!

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I’ve seen a lot of blog posts about the first see moment, some encouraging it, some discouraging it, so of course I wanted to put my two cents in.  For those of you not familiar with the ‘first see’ moment, it’s a new(ish) trend (started to really pick up speed about 5 years ago) where the soon to be wed couple see each other prior to the wedding.  It is a set up moment, coordinated by the photographer (and planner if they are using one) so that the first time they see each other it is all captured on film, and they then move on to taking photos together, along with photos of their family, friends and party.  Some people love this trend, some people loathe it.  So here is my honest (and hopefully objective) opinion on it.

Traditionally, the bride and groom are not supposed to see each other prior to the wedding.  It’s considered ‘bad luck’, though this tradition started in the time of arranged marriages, when parents feared if they saw each other prior they would change their minds. Since that’s not the case for most couples today, the tradition has morphed into a bride not wanting a groom to see her prior to vows because it ruins his surprise of seeing her in her gown, making her way up the aisle to become his wife.  And that is the dilemma in couples deciding if they are going to do a first see or not.  So, here are some pros and cons of the first see:

Pros:

It is going to give you time with your soon to be spouse, to take in each other, what is about to happen, and to express all the emotion you are feeling now that you have made it to your wedding day.  Couples who have done the first see moment often say this was the moment that it finally felt real.  They have also said that once aisle time actually came, they were much less nervous and able to really take in the ceremony.

It gives you time to take photos together as well as with family and party.  Getting those photos taken now leaves you time to be a part of your cocktail hour and reception!

Having this moment guarantees that everybody will be ready once aisle time comes.  Yes, this is a biased opinion of mine as a previous planner. But, when a first see moment was happening, I always knew that the bride, groom and bridal party were going to definitely be ready by go time, because they had to be ready for photos prior.  I always worked in enough time for the couple and bridal party to be back in hiding before any guests arrived, which also meant time for touch ups (and coffee/water, should anybody have been having a bit too much champagne during the getting ready process).

Cons:

If you have had in your mind that you want to do the traditional way, and not see your soon to be spouse before aisle time, this can feel like a disappointment for you.

Your first see and pre-ceremony photos will not have the wedding rings in them.  Some couples feel that they want all of their photos together on their wedding day to be as a married couple.  If this is the case for you, a first see moment may not be right for you.

It may require you to be up and ready a bit earlier than you would expect, as being ready and gathering your family and party together to get other photos done as well will mean adjusting your wedding day timeline.

So, there are just a few things to consider.  And, if you will indulge me, I will give you my personal opinion.  I was a traditionalist when I got married, and did not want to see my soon to be husband before aisle time. This is how my mind had always pictured my wedding day, and I did not want to falter from it (it was also prior to the first see moment really coming in, so not a lot of photographers encouraged it, or knew how to do it well).  So, I did not see my husband before the wedding.  I can still remember how he looked when he first saw me; emotional, choked up, to the point where he looked down for a moment, which he later told me was due to wanting to ‘lose it’ front of all of our guests.   This moment was caught in only one photo, as our ceremony layout was awkward and on the walk down the aisle, my parents and I pretty much blocked him from photos. Once I made it to him I wanted to tell hug him, tell him how excited I was that this moment was finally happening…but I couldn’t, because the ceremony started.  It was a wonderful moment, but I can tell everybody now that if I had it to do over again, I would do a first see.  I would have that 20 minutes with my husband to become emotional, cry, laugh, and have it all captured on film (and then clean myself up).  And yes, the traditionalist in me would probably creep in a bit too, and I would change something before aisle time (add a veil or a piece of jewelry to add an element of surprise, or maybe have kept my gown bustled for pre-ceremony photos and then sweep it down for aisle time…something to make it feel a bit new).

Whatever you choose, remember to enjoy it!  This is your WEDDING DAY!  Take in every minute!

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  • August 30, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Erika M. - We did first look at the ceremony but, looking back, I totally would have done it earlier in the day. Mostly because I hadn’t talked to him since the night before and had SO much to tell him :) we ended up whispering to each other during the ceremony which was a bit challenging :)

  • August 31, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    Stacey - Ha! Exactly! That’s what happened to us too Erika!

A Magical Please Touch Museum Wedding || Tea + Andrew || BG Productions Photography and Videography || Philadelphia Wedding Photogrpaher

We just Love the Please Touch Museum (and are preferred vendors there!!) and we just LOVE LOVE Tea and Andrew!! We knew from the moment we met this adorable couple that we were a Perfect match!! Their families were so much fun and we loved meeting people from so many different countries!

The Rockstars: Tea and Andrew

Venue : Please Touch Museum- August 23, 2014

Caterer : Brulee Catering and it was Awesome as usual and we always enjoy working with Sarah and the rest of the team!

Florist: Willow and Thistle

Entertainment: EBE- Monte Carlo- they kept this party ROCKING!!! The dance floor was never empty!!!

Deserts :Cake by Brulee and other desserts by the Awesome Possum Isgros

Fav moments: ALL of the time we spent alone with Tea and Andrew! their love is just so contagious (I mean check out how he looks at her!! ) and even though they were running behind they did an great job of moving around the museum fast and getting pretty much everything they wanted- and despite the rain we were able to go outside for about 5 mins in between storms and they didnt complain once about it raining on their wedding day!!

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Reid Turns 1 || Pennsylvania Family Photographer|| BG Productions Photography and Videography

There is nothing we LOVE more than to see the BG Family grow and capture those important moments!! We first met Erika and Brent over 4 years ago when we did photos and video for their Awesome wedding (still bummed we left before Brent crowd surfed!!) and thanks to FB we have been able to stay in contact and up to date on how each other is doing!! We were so excited for them when their son Reid was born. With them living in DC/Va are we never get to see them. So we were extra excited when Erika said they would be in the area for Reid’s birthday and could we capture some fun “cake smash” moments!! Of course we can!! and fun moments were in abundance!! He was so cute with his cake and we loved all the colors. Evidently so did he since he chose to wear most of it!! lol!! It was so Awesome seeing you all and meeting this little guy!!!

And Please leave a comment saying your favorite photo and WHY and if they get at least 10 comments they will get the most popular one as a FREE 8×10 gift print! So show them some love and help them out!!

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  • August 27, 2014 - 2:05 pm

    Erika M. - I love #23 – he looks so sweet and innocent with his legs almost crossed in the cake :) Thank you guys so much!

  • August 27, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    Sarah G. - Hard to pick just one (they are all so great)… but if I have to… I like #22 – so sweet of him to share the cake with Mommy!

  • August 27, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    tim - I like 23 the best!

  • August 27, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Jesse T. - #27 is the winner. Since I’m the best uncle, I get to choose. The rest of your votes don’t count.

    Oh, and that kid has eaten more cake for his first birthday than I have my entire life. He’s gonna get the diabeetus! ;)

  • August 27, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    kim - love them all! #28 is pretty amazing though!

  • August 27, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    Stacey - AAHH!! I love these photos (and family!) so much! It’s so hard to pick a favorite. I love the ones of them all together, but #31, where he, and everything around him, is covered in cake frosting, is priceless.

  • August 27, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    Aunt Kate - I love love love #15!!!!!!!!! His first taste and his face is priceless!!!! Happy Birthday Reid!!!!

  • August 27, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    Megan - I think I like 17, where he’s strategizing how to tackle it!

  • August 28, 2014 - 12:57 am

    Kristin Saathoff - OMG these are so adorable! I have to agree with Kate, I love number 15!

  • August 28, 2014 - 1:00 am

    Kristin Saathoff - OMG they are all so adorable! I honestly cannot decide between 15 and 23 as my favorite! I will agree with Erika…number 23 it is!

  • August 28, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Ellyn Orth - #23 has it. That one is sooo sweet and even shows his little toes.

  • August 28, 2014 - 10:32 am

    Erika M. - I think Kristin is trying to pull a fast one with two comments! Get her Cath :) Haha, just kidding! Thanks for all of the comments! I love them all…hard to choose.

  • August 28, 2014 - 11:22 am

    Paige - I love them all, but 23 is my favorite too!

  • August 28, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    shawna simcik - Funny – I LOVE #23 too. It looks like he is ALL IN and yet still looking for approval from mom and dad… “is this seriously okay?” I LOVE THEM ALL!

  • August 28, 2014 - 6:58 pm

    Charlotte Nicholson - I love #17! Icing on the toes is too cute!

For me, I always felt like fall was the start of the new year.  So much activity happens – kids starting school, sports seasons begin, and while I was growing up, it was always the time when everything got cleaned out (closets, drawers, cupboards).  We got rid of what we no longer needed, organized what we kept, and added what we now needed.  And my mother always bought picture frames, to add some photo to later (normally of me or my sisters in a play, playing an instrument, or cheering on a game).  Fall always meant picture time as well, as a new year of experiences began.

Which got me to thinking – fall is the perfect time for an updated family photo!

If you have little ones, they may be in new clothes for school or have team uniforms to wear (either in the family photo, or taken as a separate photo of just them).  They will have projects to get done for school, and these are GREAT photo opportunities as well (catching kids in action will capture their real spirit and interaction with siblings and/or parents, which will make amazing keepsakes).  Fall is also a fantastic backdrop.  Landscapes are full of changing colors, and cool temperatures generally means comfortable photo taking conditions.  Venture out to a backyard, nearby park or playground, and have fun!

Married but no kiddos?  You’re your own family, and deserve a family photo session too!  Wedding photos are fantastic and beautiful, but there is nothing wrong with spending some time together (enjoying a favorite activity, walking through a special spot) and getting photos taken to update your walls and table frames.  Anniversary photos or ‘just because’ photo shoots are a lot of fun, and many couples say they have been an opportunity to slow down and reconnect.

Have pets?  Bring them in the photo! We all know they are part of the family too and deserve a nice frame and recognition for all they bring to a family.  Some of your favorite photos will be taken when you are all playing with the pet and not even looking at the camera.

Been putting off a family photo until you are happier with your skin/weight/wardrobe/money situation?  I urge you, don’t put it off.  I can look through photo albums where I skipped out on a photo because my hair was unruly, or my mother skipped out because she was not where she wanted to be figure wise, and it just leaves a big hole.  You have a beautiful family and life to be celebrated, captured, and remembered.  Get in the photo. Smile.  Enjoy the family you have and are creating.  Create the keepsake that will be looked at for years to come.  Your family will thank you, and you will thank yourself.

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This has become one of the bigger questions in planning lately, as many brides try to save money to either put toward other wedding expenses, honeymoon, or keep in the bank for other expenses (remember, you will have bills AFTER the wedding! lol).  While there are a ton of ways to save money on your gown, some are definitely better than others (and still ensure that you get a beautiful gown).

Online resources are fantastic, (preownedweddingdresses.com hasn’t become one of the biggest wedding sites by accident), but before you purchase that gown that you have fallen in love with in a magazine, head to a gown shop and try it on first.  I’ve known too many brides who fell in love with a photo and simply ordered the gown, only to find that the material was not what they expected, the color was off, the lace was itchy, or the cut did not fit their frame.  Try a few other gowns on while you are there as well, just to make sure you are in the most flattering cut and feel comfortable.  Once you know you have found the gown you want, head to www.preownedweddingdresses.com and give a search!  You can search by street size, designer and price, and even email the seller any questions you have.  It’s one of the more reliable resale sites out there (and several brides I worked with had huge success finding their gowns here!).

Can’t find the gown you want there?  Let ebay be your next stop.  Search again by size, designer and price, and see what comes up.  Be sure to check the reputation of the seller and where your gown will be coming from (if you find the gown you love, but it’s coming from China, it could take up to 3 months to get to you.  Be sure that leaves you enough time to get things altered appropriately).

Craigslist has become a brides best friend as well. Search for the designer in cities nearby, you will actually be able to try on the gown. (While you’re on craigslist, give a look for other wedding related items as well.  Extra favors, signs, decor, centerpieces, and stationery is often times found there as well).

And don’t forget consignment shops!  Consignment shops get a slew of new, yes NEW gowns (from boutiques clearing out inventory) as well as gowns from new brides and are a great place to find your dream gown for a nicer price.  Take a bridesmaid and mother of the wedding with you too, as these shops often have a slew for them to look at and try on as well!  Consignment shops are a great place to find your other accessories as well, even if you find your gown in another place.  Think about it: you get a veil for $50 that normally costs $130, a pair of shoes for $40 that normally cost $100, a jewelry set for $50 that normally costs $160, you’ve just saved $250.  Little saves here and there really add up and can make a huge difference.

Another idea (and I love this idea too!) is wearing a family gown.  If it’s not exactly your style but the fabric is in good shape, you can find a great tailor/designer who can revamp the cut and design and give you an heirloom gown that will have a more modern and ‘you’ look.  With short dresses becoming more and more popular this option is more and more feasible.  I’ve seen 1970′s gowns turned into sleek and sophisticated dresses that make guests swoon.  (If you are thinking about this option, you MUST visit Janice Martin Couture in Ardmore. She is a master of this!)

Take a look at all of your options and enjoy the process!  When else are you going to get to try on beautiful gown after beautiful gown?!

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    Our approach is a photojournalist style. But that being said- dont worry, we still make sure we get all the posed formal pictures. However we love to capture all the funky shots. i am usually on the floor at some point and on a chair if allowed by the venue! Al can be seen with his video camera high over head on the dance floor and often using his glide cam for all those really smooth shots! We also fully support the DIY weddings. There is so much you can do yourself or through other handmade goods. there is a plethora of cool Indy wedding blogs and we encourage our clients to check them out. Mostly we believe your wedding day should be all about you and your personalities- not what some wedding magazine tells you it should be. so go ahead- think outside the BOX!!! So check out our work and we look forward to capturing your BIG day!!
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