I've mentioned it before but there were only a few things that J had specific opinions about related to our wedding. One of those was sticking to the tradition of not seeing the bride before the ceremony which included the entire day, not just while I was in my dress. So that meant basically doing a drive-by as I dropped his wedding present off at his house on my way to hair & make-up, sneaking out of the salon making sure the boys weren't in the parking lot, and secluding myself in the bridal suite once we got to the venue.
However the one part of our wedding that threw a bit of a wrench in this tradition was that it was winter and therefore sunset was much earlier than the typical summer wedding. Since we were doing a sunset ceremony this meant that there would be little to no sunlight after the ceremony to capture pictures of the two of us together. So instead of breaking with tradition and doing the ever so popular "First Look" moment, we opted for the "First Touch".
With careful coordination from our photographer, his assistant and our planner, J was led to this spot and hidden behind the corner while I waited inside. Then once he was in place they brought me out and told me, "don't step beyond this point!"
We were both so nervous and excited and just emotional at this point that reaching out and grabbing hands was incredible. We had spent the entire day apart knowing that by the end of the night we would be Husband and Wife and it was a great moment to stand there with my fiance, just moments before our wedding and know how happy we were to take this next step together. I am so glad we were able to add this part to our day.
And while we were outside together, this is what our wedding party was up to! Such a fun group!
All photos courtesy of Ignite Images.
Next up: Small Details before we had our ceremony!
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