If you told me when I got engaged that I would do a first look, I would laugh in your face.
I was always in the camp of wanting to be traditional, proper, and surprised on my wedding day. I had these visions of the doors of the sanctuary I grew up in flying open with me and my sweet daddy walking down the aisle. My groom would be grinning widely (or, let's face it, ideally tearing up... doesn't every girl secretly want that to happen!?) as I made my way down the aisle and he took in my glowing bridely-ness (yup I made that up) for the first time.
Well, I changed my mind.
Actually, it was my videographer who suggested it. Then he said my photographer would probably be on board too. At first I was a little bitter about the suggestion for purely logistical reasons, and being the bride that I was, when I left the meeting I sat there and thought and kinda cried about it a little because that was ONE MORE decision I had to make that I thought was already taken care of. Then, I came around to the idea. Not that we were hesitant at all about getting married, but I figured it would take some edge off of the day. Andrew can pretty much hide all emotions (love ya, dude, but it's true). Me, on the otherhand, can be a babbling mess when I'm happy or sad or stressed or lonely or whatever. So, you can see why a little teaser before the big reveal would have been attractive to me. I'd rather not lose it in front of the 300+ people sitting in the pews and instead deep in the woods with my hubs-to-be.
Turns out, there were no waterworks! Unless you count the massive amount of sweating I did in that huge dress in the heat of late June. Oyyyy. Only big smiles and hugs and excessive photos taken as our photographers and videographers and their assistants ran around us (after the big reveal, of course) telling us to "stop!" "turn around!" "do that again!" "kiss her/him!" "wait!" and the like. I would do a first look over and over again. I'm so glad we decided to have a private moment together before the big she-bang. It made us comfortable, happy, and possibly even more excited. I recommend it a million times over.
Near the middle of our reception, our photographer and videographer snagged us to grab some more photos at our gorgeous venue and across the Reedy River. Hopefully you can't tell too much from these pictures that I was STILL sweating. I figured these fit in nicely with this post's bride/groom photoshoot theme, so here they are!
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