To do a first look or not do a first look? That was the question.
Actually, it wasn’t a question at all! Ryan & I knew we wanted a first look from the moment we started wedding planning. Having only an hour after the ceremony to take pictures and make our guests wait on us sounded like a logistical nightmare. Unless you happened to have a 2pm Catholic wedding, then by all means I would take photos after the ceremony. We wanted to get our portraits, wedding party photos and some family photos out of the way so that later we could focus on other things (like practicing our dance!). We got to spend some extra time with each other that day and it was completely worth it. Here’s a look at the first time I got to see my handsome groom!
I think I vaguely remember a time when I wasn’t interested in a first look because I wanted to get that emotion from the groom when he sees his bride for the first time. Some people say this keeps things traditional, but do you know the meaning behind the tradition? Or maybe I should say superstition.
Some might say it’s “bad luck” for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony but this all stems from arranged marriages. Same reason for wearing a veil with a blusher that covers the bride’s face- all of this so the groom couldn’t back out in case the bride wasn’t attractive enough for him. Yikes!! So yes, it might be “traditional” but most of us don’t do it for those olden-day reasons.
When I first saw Ryan, I thought I would be more emotional but no ugly cry here. I think I did tear up a little but but I was just SO excited to finally see him after sitting around all morning. All the preparations can make a girl anxious!! This day was about us, after all, so I wanted to spend as much time together as possible.
Our first look took place at The Green in uptown Charlotte, a small park with a beautiful ivy wall tucked away behind a church. It was intimate and special… and boy, did Ryan look handsome!! I love to see my guy in a tux, who’s with me ladies?? I often like to get his opinion when shopping but obviously that wasn’t happening when it came to my wedding dress. I just really hoped that he would like it and thank goodness he did (I knew he’d go for the form-fitting look). I even showed him pictures of dresses that didn’t make the cut on our honeymoon which was pretty funny!
The first look was over in a flash and then we had some time to take a few photos in this beautiful location. This was such a surreal moment as we were both couldn’t believe the time to get married was finally here!
I hope y’all enjoyed this post and to all my married readers- I’d love to hear why you did or didn’t choose to have a first look. Next week I’ll be sharing some fun photos of our awesome wedding party so stay tuned. In case you missed last week’s post, check out the wedding tab in the menu bar for all sorts of wedding-related fun!