Post # 32
We did one and I’m glad, but I didn’t have the heart-ache about doing it that you’ve had, in fact we were debating between doing a “first look” or just seeing each other when we happened to both arrive, I had to lobby for getting the first look in pictures. I hope you’re happy with your decision!
For what it’s worth, it was still EXTREMELY special to see my Mr. as I walked down the aisle, and having just spent a couple of hours with him probably helped me not melt into a little puddle.
We did about 1.5/1.75 hours of pictures before the ceremony, then we sort of hung out with our families & friends who were there early for a little while, then I went up to where I was waiting about half an hour before the ceremony and played dominoes with my girlfriends. I have no idea what DH was doing at that time.
As an aside, we were legally married before the ceremony as the judge brought us the paperwork to sign while we were waiting… that also didn’t do a dang thing to make the ceremony any less special.
Post # 33
We did a first look and I’m so glad I did. We were able to just hang out and relax together, and we had some unexpected issues that impacted DH, and I was glad I could be there for him.
Post # 34
We did a first look and definitely do not regret it! In fact, they are some of my favorite pictures from that day! We were married on a golf course, so the whole church doors opening and me being able to be hidden away until the ceremony was just not going to happen. Plus, it gave us a special moment just for the 2 of us (and our photographers) away from all the hustle and bustle of the day.
Also, our ceremony was at 4 pm. We were able to do our first look at noon, take pretty much all of our pictures (except family pictures and a few more pictures of the 2 of us *actually married*), and still have time to relax before the ceremony. We were able to spend most of our cocktail hour with our family and friends! Doing a first look allowed us to be more relaxed and have way more wedding photos than had we rushed through everything during the cocktail hour before dinner. We wouldn’t have done it any other way!
Post # 35
We did one and have zero regrets. The whole point of the wedding was to celebrate us coming together so we felt like the tradition of staying away from each other all day kind of went against the whole purpose of the day. There was never a doubt in either of our minds that we’d be seeing each other before the wedding and that was even before I found out what a first look was! I totally understand the couples that want to wait until the bride is walking down the aisle, it was just never for us.