I am a photographer, so it was pretty much a given that I was going to have a first look. To me it just made sense for so many reasons. I wanted to spend as much time with Greg as possible—and a first look did that. I also wanted all of our photos done before the ceremony so that when it was ‘golden hour’ (aka the best light of the day) Greg and I could take as many photos as possible.
Choosing a first look is personal, but for us it was just right. I wanted to share what our first look was like to give you a little insight.
I had just finished getting ready and was walking out of the little bridal boutique we had rented out into the courtyard we were going to get married in. I heard someone yell ‘STOP’ because Greg as right around the corner. All I wanted to do was ruin our first look and see him right then. I was nervous and had all of the butterflies imaginable in my stomach. All I wanted to do was see Greg. He is my person. I wanted to hug him and feel safe. I restrained myself, they took Greg a different way and we got in place to have our actual first look.
When it finally came time, I remember taking a deep breath and walking up the stairs. He was waiting just under the California sign at Villa Del Sol. I tapped him, he turned, and we instantly both turned to mush. IT WAS OUR WEDDING DAY! A day 7 years in the making. We were finally here after every hurdle and struggle—it was our time. Greg was crying and I remember brushing away his tear. He wrapped me up in his arms and the rest of the afternoon we didn’t leave each other’s side.
To me, a first look just made sense. It got me what I wanted out of my wedding day.