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The first dance of the bride and groom is obviously a big deal. The song they dance to will be their special song forever. It will be played on anniversaries and bring the two back to their wedding day. That is, because for a moment, the couple were able to express their love in a romantic way with actions rather than words in front of the people in their lives. It is their moment alone together where they can just enjoy the romance and the thrill of the union they just made without having to having to express any words of their own. They will remember the details of that moment for the rest of their lives. The bride and groom first dance is magical and it deserves to be captured in photos and optimally on film as well.

There are many perspectives to capture this moment. You can get a shot of the bride and groom first dance against the background of the crowd to show the love of everyone in attendance of their wedding. Or, you can take a photo angled above or below the couple as to get the atmosphere of wedding reception, but capture only the two. That captures the feeling of the newlyweds sharing their first dance wrapped up in the moment where they only see each other. You can also get the tender moments between the bride and groom during the first dance, such as when the groom dips his bride, when he takes her hand to begin the dance or when they take a moment to simply hug each other.


For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

the wedding ceremony recessional

the bridesmaids

the ring bearer and flower girl


Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest

  • Anto - December 1, 2015 - 5:44 am

    Interesting article and beautiful pictures.
    As a dane instructor I usually only think in terms of what the guess are seeing are seeing but I must remember the cameras too!

I admit that as an adult, the sweets that I love and crave have not changed, but I have steadily become more adept taste-wise to the chemical junk that is in many name brand sweets that I love. This is why my sister, Bonnie, now makes her own peanut butter eggs, “Cadbury” eggs and more at home each Easter. Her sweets are all-natural and taste is not sacrificed in the slightest bit. In fact, the taste is better, because you lose that latent chemical taste, which I have only picked up on as an adult. I have learned through these brand name candy bar recipes that you do not have to sacrifice taste in any of the sweets you love. If it can be made in a factory, it can be made in a kitchen (just better). So, if you want some classic Hostess or Hershey sweets minus the junk, try some of these recipes from around the web.

Twix Bars

diy twix candy barsThere are several recipes for homemade Twix bars floating around the web such as this and this. Just choose your favorite and change it up to your liking. These shortbread cookies laden with caramel and covered in chocolate are irresistible, so bake wisely.


Butterfinger Bars

homemade butterfinger bars

You can make a batch of Butterfingers with three simple ingredients using this recipe or you can go a bit more high brow for a more nuanced flavor using a recipe such as this. It is up to you. For more Butterfinger variations, such as Crunchy Butterfingers and vegan, gluten-free Butterfinger candy bars, check out this collection.


Kit Kat Bars

homemade kit kat bars

There are several homemade Kit Kat recipes that just tell you to cover wafer cookies in chocolate….but those are just wafer cookies covered in chocolate – not Kit Kats! Kit Kat bars have filling – and not wafer cream filling. They may be delicious, but do not lie and call them Kit Kats. That is why you must try a homemade Kit Kat recipe that does it well, such as this one. You can use crackers or wafers – the texture is up to you, but filling is just right. For a vegan peanut butter version, try this recipe.


Snickers Bars

diy snickers candy bars

When I was kid, Snickers were my favorite candy bar. The firm nougat topped with chewy caramel and mixed with salty peanuts was the perfect chocolate bar. The fun has been brought back in adulthood with homemade recipes. I personally love this one, but you can also make Snickers squares with recipes such as this and this.


Almond Joy Bars

homemade almond joy candy bars

Coconut and almond are usually staples in the diets of healthy adults and they also make for great candy. Fortunately, they can easily be turned into all-natural treats. Follow this recipe for a simple and delicious natural take on Almond Joy candy bars.


Peppermint Patties

diy peppermint patties

My boyfriend is a Peppermint Patty fiend. I have yet to make a homemade version of them, but when I do, I will be using this recipe.


Milky Way Bars

diy milky way candy bars

These homemade Milky Way candy bars do not look much different from the store brand, but the taste is much better and you have heard of all of the ingredients.


3 Musketeers Bars

diy 3 musketeers candy bar

It is easy to make a chocolatey whipped nougat that mimics a 3 Musketeers bar at home. Try this simple 3 ingredient recipe to get your nougat fix.


Mounds Bars

diy mounds candy bars

If you want some coconut without the nuts, forget the Almond Joy recipe and try this homemade Mounds candy bar recipe.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

diy reeses peanut butter cups

I love Reese’s more than any other candy bar, but as an adult, I find that they are too sweet and leave a chemical aftertaste. Fortunately, there are many homemade recipes that vary in complexity and ingredients. For a crunchy version, try this recipe. For a natural version full of healthy seeds, try this one. My personal favorite recipe is this one, because it calls for dates. Peanut butter and dates go surprisingly well together!


Tootsie Rolls

diy tootsie rolls

Tootsie Rolls are far easier to make than I thought. If you want something simple, try this four-ingredient recipe. For recipes that require a few more ingredients and have a bit more complex flavors, try this or this.

The best part about making your own candy is that you can play with the candy. You can exchange milk chocolate for dark chocolate or white chocolate. You can mix in sea salt or pretzels to get the right amount of salt and crunchiness. You can customize your favorite sweets just the way you want using these brand name candy bar recipes.


As you can see from our previous posts on wedding photos, they are quite important for the bride and groom as well as the many people that helped make their wedding special. You must get photos of all of these special people, such as the parents of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, grandparents, college friends, the relatives that traveled across the country and so many more. However, you cannot overlook the cutest photos of the day: the wedding photos of the flower girl and ring bearer. Without a doubt, these will be the cutest photos of the wedding. I am sorry to burst the bubble for the bride and groom, but it is the truth. And, these wedding photos of the flower girl and ring bearer will be lovely mementos to look back on when they have grown up and have weddings of their own. They will not stay small forever, so be sure to take plenty of photos of ring bearer and flower girl.

The best part is that there are countless ways to capture these little ones. You can gather the flower girls with the bridesmaids acting as one of the girls. Or, you can capture a tender moment of the flower girl alone with the bride. The ring bearer also looks adorable when he is hanging out as one of the boys with the groom and his groomsmen and a photo of him putting on his tie or “shaving” with the men will never get old. If you have having trouble finding something cute and creative, try one of these photo ideas.



For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

the wedding ceremony recessional

the bridesmaids


Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


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