9.04.2014

Our Wedding: First Look

M and I knew we wanted to do a first look pretty early on. Our reasons for making this decision were 1. we wanted to be able to have a few minutes to be alone with each other to talk, pray, and exchange gifts 2. we wanted to get our photos and the wedding party photos done before the ceremony so that our guests would not be waiting terribly long and 3. the photo op was just too good to pass up.

We decided to let our photographer choose the location for our first look, and at 2:30pm we met in this location to see each other for the first time since the night before. These are the photos from that meeting.

Groom

Groom's outfit

First look lace wedding dress

Vintage outdoor wedding bride
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First look

First look

First look

First look

M's gift to me was a prayer journal that he had been keeping since shortly after we got engaged. He's so sentimental that boy. It was really special because it documented some really hard times, and some really happy times over the year prior to our wedding day.

First look

First look
First look gifts

My gift to M was well... less sentimental. I had boudoir photos done for him. These were so much fun, I would highly suggest them to any lady! Very tasteful and when are you ever going to look this good again?! The following photo says it all...

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First look

First look

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First look prayer
This is another one of those moments I am really looking forward to having footage of! Did you do a first look or do you plan on doing one when you get married?

All photos c/o Melissa Lin Ellis

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25 comments :

  1. First of all, these are precious!!! I love them.
    And secondly, I assumed that the book you gave him was prayers or letters or something of the sort so I died when I read what you actually gave him! SO AWESOME!!!!!! I love it!
    and the two of you, obviously!

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  2. HAHAHAHA I'm the scandalous one apparently.............

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  3. Your hubby is really very sweet with the prayer book. I love these pictures! your dress.... amazing!

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  4. Oh my gosh he is the sweetest. We always joke that I'm the insensitive one! And THANK YOUUUU

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  5. I LOVE the idea of a first look! Basically I want your wedding to be my wedding. Can these posts please never stop?

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  6. Haha you're too good to me. My last one is tomorrow wahhhhh!!

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  7. This is so sweet!!! I love it! We didn't do a first look, which I was actually surprised when I realized I didn't want to--it turns out I'm far more traditional than I thought I was! I wanted to do a boudoir session but I couldn't find a photographer I was comfortable with doing them!

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  8. That photo of him looking at your photos and your face is awesome!! Such sweet gifts :) We did a first look too and I'm so glad that we did! We were so blinded by the sun during the ceremony so I'm glad our first look was more sentimental.

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  9. Incredible! I'm all teary....this is like straight out of a movie!

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  10. Oh my gosh you are too sweet! It's so funny you say that because I feel like we are so awkward hahaha

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  11. Not awkward at all!! I love the one where you're making faces at him! Adorable!

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  12. I love the photo of you looking over your shoulder at him! We did a first look too because we wanted to take all our photos before the wedding. Somehow we ended up behind on our schedule and ended up taking our couples' portraits after the ceremony. I don't think we missed that much time with our guests and we did get some really great photos!

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  13. That was a BIG reason why we did it too. My husband is a photographer so he was all about helping ours get the shots we wanted the day of haha

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  14. These are such gorgeous photos! I am obsessed with your dress! Our first look was one of my favorite wedding related decisions-- sadly, our location for it wasn't the greatest for photos, but it's one of my favorite memories of that day!

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  15. Thanks Carly! I totally agree, I'm so happy we decided to do a first look!

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  16. These photos are perfect. I love seeing other people that have done a first look, so many people seem to be against it, but I love the idea and can't wait to do it myself!

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  17. We are SO happy that we did! Go for it girl! It was the best.

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  18. im so in love with these photos they just seem to capture you two perfectly!!

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  19. We didn't do a first look. It's our biggest wedding regret. We wanted to be traditional and not see each other before the ceremony, but now we wish we'd taken that time to share in our fancy moment together. Plus it would have really helped with Jason's nerves!

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  20. Awww, I think it really helped with M's too :)

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  21. These are SO beautiful. I love your gifts to each other so much! And that y'all were able to take time to be together and pray. So so sweet :)

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  22. Thanks Madison! It was so special to have that time together!

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  23. I LOVE first looks. As a photographer, I often suggest first looks to brides and I swear - half of them LOVE the idea and the other half are completely against it. I've already told my boyfriend that I want to do a first look on our wedding day, and now I'm just trying to convince him to go with it - haha.

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  24. Isn't it funny that some people are so opposed? My husband is a photographer too and we mostly did it to get our couples photos out of the way beforehand so that guests didn't have to wait on us after the ceremony!

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