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How YOU Doin'? The First Look!

Thank goodness Jonathon didn't get any pictures of me trying to get into my Dad's car in the wedding dress! It was too funny! I was thinking that I'd shimmy across the back seat and sort of lounge to keep my dress from getting wrinkled. However, the back door didn't open up wide enough for me to back in without the dress potentially getting all up in the door jam and stuff, so I quickly abandoned that idea. My dad moved the front seat back all the way and I climbed in, arranged my dress just so in order to avoid it touching anything and we were off to Owen Chapel!

We got there just as The Candyman was climbing out of his car and I started screaming, "He can't see me yet! He can't see me yet! DAAAAA-AD! Drive around the other way! Drive around the other way!" Tabitha (my fab planer) was in front of the church and I rolled down the window and yelled at her, "Keep him away! Keep him away!" I have no idea why I was so frantic as we we going to officially see each other about a nano-second later. But anyway, Tabs went running across the parking lot and kept The Candyman at bay so that I could climb out and sequester myself away in the back of the chapel!

We got all that taken care of and arranged for The First Look. There are two definite camps when it comes to The First Look. Some vehemently oppose the idea. Others just don't give a damn. I was vehemently opposed to the idea from the very start. Bad luck, you know. However, as time went on, I realized that I wasn't as opposed as I thought. In fact, I totally switched camps. Why? I feared I would be so nervous that experiencing walking down the aisle and the ceremony would be consumed by my whirling brain activity versus paying attention to what was going on right in front of me. The one thing that calms my nerves? The Candyman. I knew that if I saw him before The Big Show, that all my fears would disappear, if I had any. It turns out I was amazingly calm, but getting all the pictures out of the way was a huge time saver and I'm totally psyched we did it!

The Candyman was set up inside the chapel and I entered through the doors behind the pulpit area.

I wonder what The Candyman is thinking! He looks quite devious here.

Hey, baby! You clean up good!

I just love this shot. The beautiful simplicity of Owen Chapel makes me so happy. So happy.

Just practicing!

You know, it's kinda hot in here. Oh, and please look at my sew in bra-cup and teeny boob. I wonder how many people I flashed that night? Hm..... That's what happens when you lose weight right before your wedding. Things start moving around.

Practicing my exit solo. Just kidding. I was just going outside for more pictures.

I want to let y'all know something important. I am NOT posting my most favorite pictures or the best of the best of the all the best that I got from Jonathon Campbell Photography. Why? Because Christmas is in 8 days people! There needs to be SOME element of surprise. Sheesh!

So until December 25th, y'all will have to make do with what I consider my second favorites! Don't worry though - I'll share all in due time. Patience is a virtue, right? RIGHT????

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Reader Comments (8)

Soooo beautiful in your dress.....

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGonna Be His Mrs.

Oh so cool. Love the shots. I would totally be messing with the thermostat if there was one at our venue :) And I am so glad you switched camps on the whole first look thing. I am on board with it all the way for the very reasons you mentioned...I want to be totally 'in the moment' when I walk down the aisle and seeing Mr Fix It beforehand and getting all those pics out of the way will help me to just relax and enjoy the ceremony :)

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBorn to be Mrs. Beever

Okay woah. I'm honestly covered in goose bumps right now. I love your first look. I'm definitely in the DO IT camp. Wow. wow. wow.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Elizabeth

love the first look :) it is so sweet and happy!! your chapel looks amazing, too.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhoney my heart

Beautiful pics! I love your dress! No first look for us but love your pics

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChocolate Lover

These are phenomenal. I am also in the First Look before the Ceremony camp, and these lovely pictures and this fabulous post make me think I chose very wisely. On a slightly unrelated note, is the Candyman's shirt white or ivory? It looks fantastic, and I'm second guessing what we decided to go with. Thanks!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Bride In Boots

I read this earlier but had to come back. When I read your posts I feel so good about life love and why we are photographers. I miss your wedding!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Campbell

Your veil is so lovely. Love your first look photos. I'm worried about fitting into a car too!

Don't make me wait for more photos.... I need them NOW! I am 13 days out and I want to soak in all of your wedding for inspiration.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss T

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