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first look.

At first, I could NOT decide if I wanted to do the "first look" or not.  I know that it saves a lot of time to see your groom  and take pictures before the ceremony, but I'm a traditional gal and I didn't want to take away from the first moment that Joe saw me walk down the aisle.

Well, we did it.  And I am so, so happy that we did!

Turns out, seeing your groom before the wedding doesn't take away any special feeling that you get when you first walk down the aisle.  Instead of feeling like I made "the moment" less special, we  experienced TWO moments. One moment in front of everyone where it's really happening (YOU'RE REALLY GETTING MARRIED RIGHT NOW!) and one moment where it's just the two of you...seeing each other for the first time and having a chance to breathe and take everything in TOGETHER before you begin the first day of the rest of your lives. 

As it turns out, the first look pictures are some of my favorites of the day.  :)

I love this so much.  This is the moment where we realize, WE'RE REALLY GETTING MARRIED TODAY!!!

I cannot figure out why this is blurry for you.  Sorry friends!
P.S. These look wayyy better in their original size and you can see our facial expressions much more clearly, but what's a girl to do if Blogger won't allow it?

Oh friends, do I have many more to share! Happy Friday! :)

 Photographer: Sara Blossom (our cousin!): sarablossomphotography.com


Courtney B September 30, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Oooh my goodness!! Melt my heart! These pictures are so beautiful! I love how happy you both are :) And you made one gorgeous bride!
Eric and I saw each before to take pictures as well and we loved it! I agree with you, it didn't take anything away from our special moment.

Natalie September 30, 2011 at 7:05 AM

These are the sweetest pictures! You are such a gorgeous bride. We did a first look too, and I'm so glad we did. It was so fun having a little time by ourselves before everything started. Thanks for sharing!

Fashion Translated September 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM

You look beautiful! I love wedding pictures. :) My hubby and I just got married also, so it brings back such nice memories looking at wedding pics! :)

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jkd October 1, 2011 at 4:40 AM

you looked lovely! i really like your dress.

Carolynn Cecilia October 1, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

meme-and-he October 2, 2011 at 9:26 AM

ohmygosh adorable. we didn't do this, but I love the idea of it. This way you have a special moment alone before the craziness of the day takes over. you two are adorable!

Lindsay R October 3, 2011 at 11:08 AM

oh my gosh, i LOVE this. I have never seen this before. it is so genuine and I got goosebumps going through them.

I love these!


rebecca October 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

so cute! and congrats.

Sara October 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Wow these pictures are adorable, you two are adorable and you look so beautiful, I love your wedding dress, you look radiant! You have a lovely blog and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

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alexandra grecco October 4, 2011 at 4:18 AM

Congratulations! You look beautiful.
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Nina October 4, 2011 at 5:23 AM

Congratulations! the pictures are amazing and you look so beautiful:)

Ruby Girl October 5, 2011 at 7:32 AM

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Ashley B. October 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Thanks for all of the love! You girls are the sweetest :)