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We decided to do a first look for many reasons. Mainly because we didn't want to miss a huge chunk of our reception. We knew that taking pictures beforehand would help us not to feel rushed because we had people waiting on us. It also gave us actual time to be alone- except for the photographers of course, but they were so quiet and stayed far back so I didn't really notice they were there. I had hoped that E would cry when we saw each other but no tears came, for either of us. At this point it still didn't feel real- and I was really feeling kind of numb- like I was on cruise control the whole day. They had me sneak up behind him and tap him on the shoulder so he could turn around and see me…

I was rocking the flip flops for most of the portraits because the grass was SO wet from it raining all day… we were so lucky that the weather cooperated for these portraits though- thank GOD!

Here I come!first look

Love this!!first look

Checking out his suit- it was the first time I'd seen it on him 🙂first look

I have no idea what I was saying to him here…first look

Kissy kissy! 🙂first look

He complimented me on my flower and veil– he refused to see it before the wedding, but he said he really liked it!!first look

I told him I wanted a better look at him and to do a spin. I look so bossy… LOLfirst look
first look

Pretty!first look

We're getting married!!!first look

More pics from the first look and our portraits next week!

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • I can not wait to see more… so awesome! You look gorgeous!

  • So cute. I wish my fiance would do a first look, but he wants to stick to tradition.

  • dangermarie

    I haven’t decided on a first look or not yet but I love the idea .. and this one is so sweet 🙂

  • Love these first look pics! I cannot wait to see more from your big day! My FI and I will be doing a first look as well for some of the same reasons.

    P.S. – Go check out my blog…there’s a present waiting for you!

  • Jessica

    All your pictures are SO amazing! I think you’re so lucky that it rained earlier in the day – everything looks so lush and alive for your pictures! Beautiful!

  • Barnyard Chic Bride

    I so want to do a first look! Anything you would have done differently or was it as perfect as the photos show?

  • You look gorgeous, happy, and like you’re having a lot of fun! Can’t wait to see more!

  • Budget Savvy Bride

    @Barnyard Chic Bride- I don’t think there’s anything I would have done differently… it was great! It just takes so much stress off the rest of the day- I totally recommend it!!

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