Far Beyond Forever: The First Look

Mr. Guinea Pig and I saw each other before the ceremony, and I’m so glad we chose to do that because it felt like we hardly had any time for photos after the ceremony. Before I saw Mr. GP though, I took a little spin in the spotlight myself! To calm my nerves about having the camera turned on me, I acted like a goofball, then laughed at myself.


(How nice of our bridal suite to be arranged in coordinating colors!)

Then we headed out to an outdoor room that had windows along 2 walls to take photos—because of the insane, gale-force winds, we couldn’t really take photos outside (I’ll show you a few hilarious ones later, snapped on the walkway between inside areas). Luckily this room was sheltered from the majority of the wind and still had great light from the sunny day, with just enough wind to keep my veil mysteriously afloat and really fun to play with.


Finally (I was starting to get anxious), our photographers brought Mr. Guinea Pig out for our first look! I was the one who had to wait in the room while he snuck up behind me. Here’s what I thought of that:


I was nervous, excited, and who knows what else. But as soon as I saw Mr. GP, I was just plain overwhelmed with happiness, and we took a few quiet seconds of just taking in the moment and whispering ‘Wow’.



And then Mr. GP got to see how my veil had a life of it’s own!


After one more kiss, we were ready to take some portraits.


(OK I’ll admit, this is mostly a gratuitous shot of my hair and hair flower, which I loved!)

As I said, I was so glad we chose to do a first look. While I totally understand that it’s not for everyone, I went into the ceremony itself so much calmer than I thought I’d be, because I’d been able to see, and talk to, Mr. GP.

Up next: more photos than you ever wanted to see of Mr. GP and I in our wedding day getup!

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone regretting a first look – have you?

*** All photos in this post copyright Amy Deputy Photography ***

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Mrs. Guinea Pig

Baltimore, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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  1. Member
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:29 pm

    I love your veil in all these pictures, so fun!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:21 pm

    Those photos are incredible! You look so beautiful!

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    bean5678 52 posts, Worker bee @ 6:35 pm

    I love photos, and especially your hair flower! If you don’t mind me asking, where did you find it?

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    amanda2011 82 posts, Worker bee @ 6:48 pm

    You look gorgeous! We are planning to do a first look and I love these pictures of your first look!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:29 pm

    Awww I love your first look! You are so cute with your goofy faces beforehand! :)

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    Diana, Guest @ 7:38 pm

    Your dress is beautiful!! Who is it by? It’s stunning!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:04 pm


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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:26 am

    So beautiful! You look so excited to see him!

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    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:30 am

    Aww, thanks for all the love everyone! Glad the photos make other people smile and tear up, not just me :D
    @bean5678: The hair flower was actually “bee-orrowed” from Mrs. Cupcake! You can read about where she got it here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/01/15/the-perfect-accent-part-3-hair-flower/
    @Diana: Umm… I’m actually not sure? Embarrassing. I’ll call the Bridal Salon and come back to comment and let you know :)

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:06 pm

    Gorgeous! I love your dress, hair flower, and the way your veil floats! :)

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