Blake and Tyler Gillikin | Monroe, LA | October 17, 2015


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Wedding days are made up of very specific special moments: Cutting the cake, buttoning the dress, and the kiss. But there’s nothing quite as special as when that groom sees his bride for the first time. It’s as if all those stories of love at first sight all come true at once in this tiny moment. He’ll never see her for the first time in a wedding dress again - it’s a brief, and emotional moment and should be sought after with great passion. 

Would you believe me if I told you that a week before their wedding Tyler and Blake were not planning on having a first look? I’m serious (dead serious). I was able to catch up with them at the Hattaway wedding and with a quick chat I spun Tyler’s wheels about how special a moment like that could be. After talking with their photographer, it all planned out perfectly. 

This was an incredibly special wedding for me. Not only was it at home in Monroe, but I have known Tyler for several years, and Blake and I practically grew up together (hashtag private, christian schools.) Both of their parents know mine from the small town of Bastrop, and seeing Tyler’s brother for the first time in years felt a bit like a homecoming. 

I was beyond thrilled to be able to capture this day. Shooting at the First United Methodist Church is always a struggle. The coordinator and the lighting never makes it easy, but when it’s right - it’s magic. Of course, shooting weddings with Angela Groce (Unveiled Radiance Photography) is always a blast. She always carries fresh ideas and keeps the day organized an on point. 

Big thanks to Andy Chason for filling in on this day. This dude has got magic hands. Perfectly steady. And he has an eye for film that I’ve never seen. I’m just grateful he lets me call him a friend before he hits the big time. 

- Houston

Venue: First United Methodist Church
Photographer: Unveiled Radiance Photography