Having a private First Looks session with our photographer on our wedding day was one of those "must-haves" that Dan and I wanted for our wedding day. Having those moments, just us two, before everything got underway and things kicked off was so important for us. It brought us peace, made us stronger and was truly, one of the most romantic hours of our life.
Moments before our first looks, my mum and our lovely wedding coordinator Maria were scrambling to get my veil on, and flower crown placed just perfectly. Since the hair and makeup people had been a bit late they had to take over so the girls had time to finish the Bridesmaids. Even though it wasn't planned, it was a very special moment for my mom and me.
Dan was dressed and ready to go, before me for once in his life (lol). He stood waiting for me, his back turned, waiting for me to say good morning.
Here is a classic "crying Laura face". Dan looked so handsome, even from the back and the reality and happiness of the day were truly settling in.
I had been side by side with this man for over four years and yet at this moment I was so nervous just touching him on the shoulder. I remember shaking so hard.
Our first kiss in our wedding garb.
We had a little moment here, telling each other how much we loved one and other and Dan gave me a little pep talk to get me through all the potential stresses of the day. He is my continued strength, and my crying here is me feeling so lucky to be marrying my best friend.
After the shock of getting to final see each other after waiting for all day, we got into checking out each other's outfits! Dan loved the little key hole back in my dress. He had been trying to figure out what my dress had looked like for so long so finally getting to see it was exciting for him.
After meeting up, we headed off into the forest, away from the hub-bub of the wedding.
Here, in the arms of the trees, we were alone together, with only our photographers looking on.
We ran around like kids. Laughing and playing the grass.
There is truly no one in the world I'd rather spend eternity with, just him and me. And this photo sums it up.
Sarah D. came up to join us half way through the session. She brought with her much needed water and some makeup touch ups. It was a pretty hot day and although not unbearable some hydration was necessary.
After an hour or so of photo taking, Dan and I were joined by the rest of our bridal party, bringing us back to the reality of the day. But there was nothing like those calming moments of just us two before the day began. Something I would recommend to any future bride.