Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our Wedding: The First Look

I got all of my wedding pictures back over the weekend and ever since, I can't stop staring at them constantly. So I thought I'd share a few of them with you all. Derek and I did decide to do a first look, and although there are good things and bad things about it, the pros won out for us.

-Your hair, makeup, and outfits are fresh
-You can get rid of any pre wedding jitters with just you and your groom
-You have the opportunity for MORE pictures
-You  will probably be able to actually enjoy your cocktail hour

-You miss out on the tradition of waiting to see each other
-You will have to be ready earlier - which can possibly mean a rush for time depending on what time the ceremony starts
-Walking down the aisle may seem "anticlimactic"

Our biggest factor in choosing to see each other before the ceremony was time. We knew the sun would be setting soon after we said "I do" and we wanted to be able to take pictures without rushing. In addition, our ceremony and reception was in the exact same location - so there really wasn't a true cocktail hour. We did save a few pictures for after - mainly pictures with extended family since we didn't want to make everyone get there early.

I'm really glad we decided to do the first look - I was very specific in that I didn't want anyone there but me, Derek, and our photographers. I had one of my bridesmaids drop me off at the location then she left. It was nice being able to see Derek for the first time without wondering what anyone else was thinking. It was just the two of us and, per usual, we were able to act as silly as we wanted to get rid of any nerves. Oh, and it most definitely did NOT make walking down the aisle any less special.

So without any further adieu, a few of my favorites:

Derek is normally very reserved and doesn't get emotional. That, along with the fact that he doesn't enjoy taking pictures, makes this photo awesome. It may not seem like much but for him, it's basically the equivalent of falling to his knees with tears in his eyes.

Did you have a first look at your wedding - or if you're planning one, will you have one?

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Lora Ashley said...

These are so beautiful and seriously your dress - so beautiful!

Fairy Princess Jord said...

These are so incredible. I love the ones of you two on the bench together. You were such a lovely/natural/whimsical gorgeous bride (did I use enough adjectives haha?)

Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...

So perfect!

Nancy @ Sincerely and Sarcastically said...

Thanks for sharing this! I am still trying to decide if I want to do a first look.. we need to work out SO many wedding details and this is just one of them. I was afraid that seeing my fiancé before the ceremony would ruin it, but I'm glad you said it didn't!

Kayla MKOY said...

Goodness gracious girl you look amazing!!!!! :)

Jay T said...

S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!! Where did you get your shoes?? I love them. This made me get all teary eyed.. thanks a lot. Seriously though, these pictures are gorgeous!! Whenever I get married, I plan to do a first look. Like you said, the pros seem to outweigh the cons. Plus, I haven't met anyone who said that the first look made walking down the aisle not special.

Tami said...

Chills! So beautiful. I've never really thought about doing a first look. I think for me the main benefit of a first look would be a chance to touch up my makeup after seeing the groom because I just know I'll cry when we see each other for the first time!

Kristyn said...

Gorgeous! Yes, we had a first look and I still cried coming down the aisle. The aisle is such a wonderful experience that you will get emotional even if you see each other ahead of time. Our first look was also just us, our photographers and our videographers. And I LOVED that it was still a very private moment. We had an hour at our first look and it really was perfect.

Kristyn said...

Gorgeous! Yes, we had a first look and I still cried coming down the aisle. The aisle is such a wonderful experience that you will get emotional even if you see each other ahead of time. Our first look was also just us, our photographers and our videographers. And I LOVED that it was still a very private moment. We had an hour at our first look and it really was perfect.

Girl Brooks said...

That one of y'all on the bench - by far one of my top favorites! I love the way he's looking at you and you seem to soak it in.

Corie M said...

We did a first look and it was one of my favorite moments of the day! When it was time for the ceremony to start I wasn't nervous AT ALL, because I had already spent time with my groom :)

Beautiful pictures!

Anonymous said...

I am planning on doing a first look for all of the same reasons. I want to have as much fun as possible during every part of the wedding but most of all I want more time with my almost hubby before we are rushed through other things.

Allie said...

I love seeing the groom's reaction at weddings, and this is perfect! Also, you look beautiful, and your flower crown is waaaay on point!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Gorgeous pictures! You were such a beautiful bride!

Megan C. Stroup said...

We just got our wedding photos back last week, too! Yay yay! We also did a first look, mostly for timing. We had a 5 p.m. ceremony, so I knew we would have enough time beforehand, and the sun was setting as the ceremony ended. Plus, I didn't want the guests to have to wait too long to eat at the reception. ;) Gorgeous photos! I love the one of you two sitting on the bench; so romantic and pretty!

kdhopwood said...

These are beautiful! (I know I'm a little late, Sorry.). Congratulations!!

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