Brandi got some great pictures of the guys while she was waiting on us to get there, but I'm going to save those for next week. I love our first look pictures too much to wait to post them any longer. If you've followed my blog for awhile you know I was originally against the first look. Actually, when we met with Brandi for the first time I told her there was no way we'd be doing a first look. Having done it, I cannot recommend it enough! I would've been SUCH a ball of stress had I not seen David at all before the ceremony, and I remember the moment like it was yesterday. I loved that it was intimate and that we could stand there soaking in the fact that we were getting married in a couple short hours. I loved the walking down the aisle moment too (and he actually cried then, not when he saw me at the first look), but this was so special. I wouldn't trade the memories or the pictures for the world!
When we arrived at the location we'd chosen for pictures, MOH A jumped out of the car and ran over to tell Brandi that I was there so she could set David up the way she wanted him. Then MOH A had to run back to the car and tell me it was ok to start walking over that way. The poor girl was running around in a black dress and heels in 100 degree heat. I knew she was my best friend for a reason. ;)
I'd told Brandi ahead of time that I wanted pictures of David's face when he saw me. I hate first look pictures where you can't really see either of their faces because the photographer tried to get both of them or pictures where it's all the bride's face. I've seen David dressed up multiple times (he wears a suit and tie to work every day) so I knew there wouldn't be a look of surprise on my face. I'm so happy with these pictures and love every single one of them!
You can see MOH A on the left side of the picture running to get me!
The moment was finally here! I'm coming around the corner...
MOH A and BM S fixed my dress and veil...
And I was on my way!
I stopped to fix my hair...
And take a deep breath..
Then I turned my groom around!
I gave him a great big hug and kiss!
And then we spent the next few minutes talking, laughing, (me) crying, and checking each other out. It was perfect!
Just being with David made me forget that we were running late. It was SO good to let go of that stress, and you can totally tell my mood changed in the pictures with our bridal party. I had so much fun during our bridal party pictures - Even though we were all sweating! Again, I can't encourage you enough to do a first look. Hopefully the pictures show that it's JUST as special as when you see him standing at the end of the aisle.
Next up? Our beautiful bridal party and then lots and lots of pictures of David and me. Ha! Get excited!
Tip #6: As if I haven't said it enough - Do a first look! :)
*All pictures in this post were taken by Brandi Coldwell of Lola Jo Photo Design*
Need to catch up?
We started on Thursday.
We decorated Friday morning.
We got pretty!
Have a great weekend! :)