Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: My Version of a "First Look"

Wedding Wednesday

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Judging from my three Facebook albums (yes, three) and new blog button (do you like it??), you can probably tell that we got our photos from our photographer! Tessa, from Starling Studio, did an incredible job telling the story of our day through her beautiful photos. I even like how I look in some of them, which is no easy feat. Basically she's a miracle worker!

 Today my topic is about First Looks.

I'm a traditional gal for the most part, so I never imagined seeing Andrew before walking down the aisle. However, I absolutely understand why couples do First Looks! I'm not judging! I just personally didn't want to, and neither did Andrew.

Instead, I wanted to have special moments with friends and family, so I called those my First Looks!

First of all, I just wanted my Mom, Sister and Sister-in-Law to help me get into my dress. I didn't want a crowd and thought the photos would be really cool. I also wanted my niece to come in and see me and her mom/my sister before the craziness ensued. I loved the results!




I want to give this to Lizzie down the road when she's engaged. :)

Once we had our moments I did a reveal to the rest of the bridal party, Andrew's Mom and Andrew's Aunt. I am so happy that the photographer was there to capture their reactions. They were sweeter than I could have ever imagined!



Finally, I knew I wanted to see my Big Brother and Dad before walking down the aisle.
Honestly, this is when I teared up! 


I'm so happy we did that before the ceremony so that I could get a few jitters and tears out of the way. All of their reactions and support made me feel pretty and confident!

What about you? Did you do a First Look of any kind? Do you plan to do one?



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17 comments:

P!nky said...

So, so sweet! Love these pictures.

Kim @ Kimberleys Quests said...

I love that you did first looks with those close to you! The ones of you with your brother & dad are so sweet, I could feel the emotion in those moments! Can't wait to see more photos, they're gorgeous!

We did opt to do a first look together but our whole day was very unconventional (got married in the morning by a Justice of the Peace but had a ceremony with my sister officiating in the afternoon for everyone). We decided it would be easier on our (my) stress levels if we got to hug it out before :)

Belle Femme said...

These pictures are beautiful! I love the one with you and your niece.

My husband and I did a first look. Based on the size and design of the church, it would have been almost impossible not to see each other before I walked down the aisle. I decided that an intentional first look would be better than accidentally seeing each other while trying to get lined up for the ceremony.

Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie said...

These pictures are so sweet!!! I love this idea!

Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC said...

gorgeous pictures! we did a first look and i was SO glad we did. it helped with the nerves. :)

Bibi said...

I STILL tear up when I see these!

Amye Mae said...

I love the idea of calling these moments a "first look" - they are truly special, and its nice to have photos with all of your loved ones. We were traditional as well, and we are both glad we didn't do a first look!

Olivia said...

Josh and I are not doing a first look either. I wanted him to see me for the first time when I am walking down the aisle.
I love the pics of your bridesmaids expressions!!!

Stacey Moyer said...

We did not see each other before I arrived up front, and that was fun.:) We got married in an old theatre, and so Vince and his groomsmen were backstage, while the gals and I were basically hiding in the box office. That was fun (and funny) because I could see who was coming in, and I peeked through the window and said hi to some people. Definitely eased the nerves.

Stacey Moyer said...

We did not see each other before I arrived up front, and that was fun.:) We got married in an old theatre, and so Vince and his groomsmen were backstage, while the gals and I were basically hiding in the box office. That was fun (and funny) because I could see who was coming in, and I peeked through the window and said hi to some people. Definitely eased the nerves.

Raewyn @ Be A Warrior Queen said...

Oh I love this idea!! You look so gorgeous and I love the look on everyone's faces when they saw you in your dress!!

The Good Life | Healthy Living said...

You looked so beautiful. First looks is not something I want to do but something I will have to do. My dad passed away last year and I know that first look with my only brother is going to be very emotional. I am tearing up thinking about it (must get waterproof mascara).

Ericka said...

Love these first looks! Such a great idea to capture first looks with other members of your family and friends :)

Sara Elizabeth said...

Your veil is AMAZING!!!! I love the picture with Lizzie, too! The sweetest!! We did a first look and I was SO NERVOUS... but I'm so glad we did. SO SO SO glad.

Megan @ Chicago Girl said...

I most definitely don't want to see him before the wedding, and I love this idea! A first look with my three brothers is something I kind of want, since one of them is walking me down the aisle.

Emily Southern said...

This is so sweet!!! I'm so glad you posted this link to my blog! I think the whole process of walking down the aisle to your groom is so EMOTIONAL and special. A thousand people could be watching, and it's just the two of you that matter! Love this!!
xoxo!

Emily Southern said...

I loved this! Thank you so much for sharing! That moment in time when all of your family and friends are watching, but you can only focus on him. It's something you just can't explain. Magical right??