Just Mauied :: Our First Look

In the beginning, Mr. Knight wasn’t completely on board with the ‘first look’ idea. The ‘first look’ seems to be a relatively new wedding trend. My parents had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned it and many of my friends, who were married only a few years ago, hadn’t heard of it when they were planning their wedding. I searched the internet for some great examples to show Mr. Knight and even made a little pros and cons list for him to look at. In the end, Mr. Knight was on board (anything to keep his stressed out bride happy). After it was all said and done, Mr. Knight says these set of pictures are some of his favorite from our wedding. Bride – 1, Groom – 0. :-)

I believe the ‘first look’ is such an important moment on your wedding day. Many brides and grooms are hell-bent on not seeing each other till the ceremony (which is tradition) but, having a ‘first look’ and seeing each other, just the two of you, is so much more intimate (in our eyes). We both were so excited to see each other and get a moment to take in everything that was happening that day… we were getting married! Enough of my jibber-jabbering, the pictures truly say it all.

I’m trying to contain my excitement, but failing at it. I had never been so excited to see him in my life!

At this moment I’m so excited that I’m stomping my feet up and down on the bridge super fast so that he can hear me coming.

I’m here Mr. Kniiiiiiiiggggghhhhhhhhht

Mr. Knight checking our my dress, the elusive little white dress he had been hearing about for MONTHS.

This is right after Mr. Knight kissed me and got my lipstick all over his lips. He was smacking his lips together all funny. It was perfect. He made me laugh and I certainly needed a good laugh on our wedding day. Nerves anyone?

That smile… agh I just love him so much!

Mr. Knight checking out the detail on my dress and all my accessories. Even months later, when he sees a picture of us from our wedding day he still tells me how beautiful I looked on our wedding day. So sweet.♥
Accessories: Watters Dress, J Crew Pave Crystal Heels, Handle & Spout hair flowers,  Tulip Couture clutch, Aquamarine drop earrings

Truth be told, I don’t think our family was completely on board with our ‘first look’ idea till after they saw our ‘first look’ pictures. I remember telling my parents we were going to see each other before the ceremony and I will never forget the shocked look on their faces (they are very traditional). They also had this same shocked look when I told them the dress I wanted wasn’t white (it was champagne). They eventually came around when they heard all the positives: more time for pictures, less time between the ceremony and reception taking photos, giving us more time with our guests. My parents were really good sports with all my slightly untraditional ideas for Mr. Knight and I’s wedding.

Having a ‘first look’ gave us time so that we could get all the fun pictures we wanted (which is coming up next!) and allowed us to just hang out and chill. We weren’t rushed, we had nowhere to be for an hour and a half. It was perfection. Just Mr. Knight, Me and our 2 photographers and 2 videographers (okay, we were quite a crew). We frolicked all over the Plantation Bay Country Club property. I had time to really think about which pictures I wanted, what would be a good background, etc. I was one of THOSE brides who directed our photographers some. I was out of control. I could have taken pictures with Mr. Knight for hours if I hadn’t gotten so hungry/sweaty/thirsty/tired. I remember wanting to take a nap right before our ceremony. Staying up all night before your wedding is never a good idea. Bad gator bride.

Did you plan to have a first look? What was your deciding moment to have a first look? If you decided not to, why? I’d love to hear what y’all think of this (relatively) new wedding trend.

And in case you missed it, this is what’s happened so far:

a moment with Gator Dad
We got silly with our iPhones
The girls and I mastered laughing
put on that little white dress
The boys got full of themselves
I was hungover while getting our hair did
We rehearsed with yummy BBQ
The ladies lunched

*All photos by Ben and Amy Starks of Starks Photography

5 Comment

  1. Janna says:

    I’m still working on getting B to agree to a first look! I know it’ll help calm my nerves as I figure a little stress will happen the day of our wedding! And I know it’ll give us the time after the ceremony to enjoy all the details we’ll have worked so hard on the months leading up to the wedding. Love your pictures and it makes me want a first look even more!

  2. LauraLou says:

    I LOVE first look pictures! I think it’s such a good idea. We did a first look after I was originally all for first seeing each other at the altar because it would make things easier and I’m SOO glad we did! I don’t think I would’ve made it without a freak out if I hadn’t seen him and had him calm my nerves before the ceremony!

  3. Brandi says:

    I had never heard of a first look, and now I wish we did it. We still have awesome pictures, which I love, but we might not have been so crazed to get pictures if we had started earlier. Plus, after seeing how sweet and adorable yours are, who wouldn’t want that moment captured?

  4. Alison says:

    The first look was suggested to us by a photog we knew and I am so glad we did it. I was a ball of nerves for the first look. But it was great to get that out of the way before we were in front of everyone. It gave us some time to ourselves (about the only time that day), and we were able to get some of the seeing-each-other jitters out of the way. I was calm and relaxed walking down the aisle. I highly recommend seeing each other before the ceremony.

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