Hey there! I’m back today with another recap of our wedding, which took place on June 10 this year. When we last left off, I had just finished getting ready and was walking down to meet Fabio for our first look. If you missed any of my past recaps, you can find those here.
Also a couple of quick vendor notes again:
- Photography: Lauren Nievod (I’ve already raved about her a ton of times – 100% recommend)
- Venue: Wye River Conference Center (amazing Eastern Shore/riverfront hotel with beautiful grounds. Can only be booked by groups, meaning our guests took up the whole thing)
And with that, let’s get back to the recap!
Growing up, I never thought I’d do a first look with my future husband. I always dreamed that the first moment he saw me in my white gown would be when I was walking down the aisle, but once I got older and we started going to a bunch of weddings – some with first looks and some without – I decided doing a first look was something I did want to do since it would mean our guests wouldn’t have to wait around too long in between the ceremony and the reception while we took pictures. It’s a personal decision, but Fabio and I were happy with doing a first look! It was still a special time spent with just the two of us (and our amazing photographers) so it was still a nice moment for us to reconnect before everything got started.
Our venue had so many beautiful locations on its grounds, and our photographer found the perfect little garden for our first look to take place.
I remember wanting to just run up to Fabio – I had a long way to walk and I was too excited/anxious/nervous to go slowly!
I tapped him on the shoulder…
And then he turned around! My hubby-to-be!!
Funnily enough, after we finished hugging I realized he had a huge bug on his head – it was some type of mosquito and it wound up biting him right in the middle of his forehead! Fabio is semi-allergic to bug bites, and the bite wound up swelling and getting pretty red during these pictures. At one point, he had to leave to go put some makeup on it! Ha! By the time of the ceremony, you couldn’t see it at all. Makeup is a magical thing. 😉
Here I am brushing away the bug. Eek!
Fabio seemed to really like my dress – when he first saw it, he said he was surprised because he thought it was going to be “that tablecloth material” (he meant lace). Ha! Good thing I didn’t pick a lace dress.
Then we walked around the grounds together and took some lovely portraits!
These next ones are some of my favorite photos from the whole day. And you can’t even tell there’s a bug bite on Fabio’s head! 😉
The photographer also got a little creative with my veil and took some cool pictures with it floating behind me.
When we were done with these shots, we brought in the most important part of our little trio: Jack!
He wasn’t too interested in posing for the camera, but we managed to get a few good family photos with him. 🙂
After this, we decided to bring Jack back to the groomsmen and put some makeup on Fabio’s bug bite. 🙂 Meanwhile, I got some solo pictures! I didn’t think I would like too many pictures of just me by myself, but I actually think these came out really pretty. (I think some of these are my mom’s favorites :).)
This one had the veil floating in front of the camera again. It’s cool how it turned out!
I was also obsessed with my bouquet, which came from Monteray Farms (we were so pleased with them!!) and had little succulents included in it for texture.
And finally, Fabio came back!
After this we walked around a bit more, taking advantage of all the beautiful photo opps our venue had to offer.
I love this next picture, and it’s actually the one we used for our thank you cards!
After we were done with bride and groom portraits, I did a mini first look with my dad and stepdad!
First up, my stepdad!
As soon as we hugged, he showed me that he was wearing the special cufflinks I bought for him. 🙂
And then I did a first look with my dad!
I have always been a daddy’s girl, so this moment was especially meaningful to me. My dad doesn’t show emotion often – he’s a big jokester – but when he turned around he instantly got teary eyed. I don’t think I’d ever seen him like that!
After that, we took a bunch of pictures with the bridal party, which I’ll get to in my next recap. 🙂
Question of the day: First look photo session or first look during the ceremony?