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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    mjchexum 485 posts, Helper bee @ 10:49 am

    You look so beautiful! The photos brought tears to my eyes. I would really like to do a first look, but fiance is more traditional and doesn’t want to see me until I walk down the aisle…I need to show him these photos so he understands what a special moment it can be :)

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:50 am

    Aww, these are so fun! You look so happy!

  3. mssocks Member
    mssocks 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:52 am

    Gorgeous! Your veil is PERFECT for that wind–it’s so beautiful!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:54 am

    You look so happy and gorgeous!

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    clarebee 2766 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:55 am

    You look so happy!!! I cant wait to see more :-)

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:00 am

    lordy you are one elegant, gorgeous and beaming bride. i love that your excitement just comes through–no pretense or fussiness. and love the veil shots!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:00 am

    Ooooooh, that veil does have a life of it’s own, so pretty!

  8. pudding Member
    pudding 1183 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:17 am

    I love the fluttering veil! Beautiful!

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    Moose1209 1992 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:22 am

    I teared up too! I can actually feel the love you have for each other coming out of my computer!

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    msjellyfish 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:31 am

    Gorgeous GP!! We are doing a first look too, I’m excited about it! Hope our photos are half as good as yours!

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:37 am

    GP, you look so beautiful! Your gown is gorgeous, and I love the gratuitous shot of your veil/hair flower because they’re perfect. :)

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    froggy518 268 posts, Helper bee @ 12:00 pm

    I can’t wait for our first look! We’re having it at the ceremony site, so the first time he sees me is when I’ll be walking down the aisle. The only difference is that with the exception of our photographer, we’ll have the moment all to ourselves. I think that’s one of the things I’m most excited about.

    Also, could your pictures be any more beautiful? You look stunning, Mrs. Guinea Pig, and that’s not a word I use very often. I really love your bouquet, and I can’t wait to see the funny wind pictures you’re talking about.

  13. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:17 pm

    These pictures are beautiful!

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    missbiscuit 1054 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:50 pm

    Lovely! I can’t wait to see more!

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    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:50 pm

    So beautiful! I love the veil blowing all over it really came out lovely in the photos. I really wanted a first look, but Mr. L doesn’t so the first time he will see me is when I am walking towards him.

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    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 1:00 pm

    You look like a wedding gown model GP!

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    MissMargie 769 posts, Busy bee @ 1:14 pm

    Your pics are absolutely lovely! You both look so happy and in love, it translates beautifully through the pics. I can’t wait for our first look!

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    jlp2w71611 298 posts, Helper bee @ 1:39 pm

    A first look makes me very, very nervous actually. My Mr. has already told me that he does NOT want to do one & that the first time he sees me on our wedding day is when I’m walking down the aisle.. but I definitely do see the practicality in it! I am worried about not getting all the fabulous pictures I want because of time constraints!

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    clane616 725 posts, Busy bee @ 1:42 pm

    The pictures made me tear up. I LOVE your dress. It looks so beautiful on you!

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    animated_librarian 290 posts, Helper bee @ 3:27 pm

    I agree that you look so unpretentious, I hope I come out as beaming and elegant as you do.

    As for the first look. I am grappling with it. My FI snuck a look at my wedding dress pics from a fitting so he knows what I look like in the dress already (me “what did you think?” him “it looks like a wedding dress”…sigh). It would just be a matter of logistics, our ceremony starts at 11:30 in the morning so I figure the time line will already be a little tight (we are not morning people in general). I think if I feel really comfortable about our cocktail hour/picture taking time line I’ll be okay. Perhaps I need to ask our photographer.

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    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!

  25. msbuttons Member
    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 😀
    @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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