Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Our Wedding, Part Two: Peeking

I think it is really special for the bride and groom to see each other for the first time when the bride is walking down the aisle, but logistically that didn't work for us. Our ceremony and reception were in the same place, so we couldn't easily disappear for post-ceremony pictures, and also, the groomsmen had to immediately arrange the rental tables (which were hidden behind a brick wall) around the ceremony chairs, while the bridesmaids put flowers on the tables. (This sounds quite complicated but I hear tale that it actually went very smoothly.) So anyway, we did pictures before and I was so glad we did.

We had planned on having our first look on the balcony of a nearby bookstore, but it was so hot and kind of hard to be in the same house with Andrew (he was like two rooms away from the bride's room) and not accidentally bump into him. Also, I felt slightly nervous about having random bookstore-goers watch our moment. So we improvised and our photographer Jenny picked a very cute spot in the courtyard. I love how it turned out. And I love the look on Andrew's face. He made this face a lot during the day. What does it mean?

We couldn't believe it was actually happening. At this point the cake was all set up, the house was completely decorated and the caterers were setting up the buffet under a big white tent. Our vision had come together and it finally looked like a wedding! Oh yeah, and we were getting married!

Artsy shot.

Andrew had a really cute billy ball boutonniere to wear but for some reason the guys didn't put them on for pictures. They wore them during the ceremony, though.

Posin' for the camera. It was so good to finally see him. Seventeen hours apart is a long time!

When did you see each other for the first time? Did you do pictures before or after your ceremony? Stay tuned for our group portraits, coming up next!

*All photos by Jenny Anderson Photography


  1. I just love your wedding pictures. Beautiful! I would like some more pictures... since I didn't have engagement pics taken, I would like to have pics taken with Charlie and Buddy. Can we do that?

  2. You almost look like Ashley in that one where your head is turned - so grown up and swanlike.

  3. I thought I was already following you, but I found your blog again through Mingle Monday! :) I love wedding recaps (and am currently writing mine too!) so I can't wait to see more!

  4. She DOES look like a swan, Willow! That's perfect.

    I love the look of adoration on Andrew's face. You two are precious and give me hope.

  5. Your dress is SO cute! ...and I love all these photos!

  6. I love your wedding!! more more more!

  7. Yayy recaps! That dress is lovely, and y'all look so happy! I'm starting my recaps this week as well. :)

  8. GOSH I love your dress. I always thought I'd be a short-dress bride and I'm kind of sad I wasn't. ALSO- glad they didn't put on the bouts, one of our GM's got ruined before the ceremony from being smushed in hugs, etc.