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Cortnie Dee Photography provides wedding and portrait photography, and is based in McKinney, Texas.

should i do a first look? | mckinney wedding photography

Yes, the either loved or hated "first look", the decision of whether to see each other before the walk down the aisle.

Some couples absolutely love the idea of a private first look. Others hate breaking the tradition. But what is best for you?

First Look.


First looks are best for couples with snug timelines, or anyone who wants to get right to their reception. Doing a first look is intimate, quick, and can alleviate pressure on couples who don't want the pressure of a big reaction. They're always sweet, always personal, and always fun. 

Down The Aisle


Oh, that sweet, sweet reaction that seems to come through most when emotional spouses have the whole day to anticipate this moment. Waiting to see each other at the aisle is best for couples who don't mind all eyes on all that emotion, for more traditional couples, and for those who have a little more wiggle room in their schedule for more posed photos after the ceremony.

So, do a first look if:

  • You're cool with throwing tradition to the wind.
  • You want natural light in your portraits, but your ceremony is close to sunset.
  • You don't want a bunch of eyes on you when you see each other for the first time.

And don't do a first look if:

  • Tradition is important to you.
  • You have plenty of time after the ceremony for more photos!
  • You're totally cool being sweet and sentimental with eyes on you.

Ultimately, it's all up to you, and there is no bad choice! You're going to marry the person of your dreams, eat great food, and be surrounded by the ones who love you most. You know...the real important stuff.

krista + brian | plano engagement photography

When I met Krista, I knew we would be an excellent team. She made it clear that she and her fiance Brian preferred candids to hyper-posed photos, because they're happy, easy-going people who want to go with the flow. It was important to them to have great photos with Brian's boys, and to keep those natural as well.

So, again, I knew we'd be a team. I didn't know, however, how hard I would be laughing the entire time we were at Arbor Hills in Plano for their engagement/family session. Running outfits. All the sarcasm. Piggy back ride competitions. Friends references. So. Much. FUN.

Their wedding at La Cour Venue in McKinney will be an absolute blast this summer!


mr + mrs ralston | bluff dale wedding photography

Sass. Snark. Swoonworthiness. 

Okay so that last one isn't a word but it can be today. Maegan and Brandon are the perfect pair, hilarious and wild and crazy in love.

Their wedding was in March at The N at Hardway Ranch in Bluff Dale, Texas. The weather was perfect, the decor was on point, and I think every single person was happy crying most of the day (until the dancing started, because it's weird to dance and cry at the same time, no matter how happy you are).