Puppy Love: The Dalmatian First Look

Once I was primped, dressed, and equipped with my bee-adorned bouquet, it was time for our first look. As I walked around the house and saw Mr. Dalmatian standing in the field by the old red pickup truck, my heart was racing.




Mr. Dalmatian looked exceptionally handsome. Like me, he was supporting good old Vera (thanks to the new Vera Wang Black line at Men’s Wearhouse). As he turned around and we embraced each other for the first time on our wedding day, I was so happy. I have already used this word a lot to describe my emotions, and I’m sure that won’t be its last appearance in my recaps, but it is the best way I can describe the all-encompassing feeling that swelled up inside me the entire day.



In the days leading up to the wedding I wondered if I would cry when the day arrived. It is undeniable that I am crier, but the tears don’t usually fall at typical times. I never cry during graduations, or goodbyes, or when watching a sad movie—except Marley & Me when I was bawling so hard we had to pause it. Instead of crying at sad, or happy, or meaningful times, I usually keep it all in until I burst into tears at random times (usually when I am over-tired). That being said, I had never been a bride before and I therefore had no idea what my eyes would decide to do on my wedding day.

Luckily for my mascara, I did not cry. Instead I just smiled like a fool the whole day through! Need some pics for proof? Here are the first shots of our pre-ceremony photos.






What can I say, that truck was just too darn adorably southern not to capture in our pics!

How did you feel when you first saw your very-soon-to-be spouse on your wedding day?

Are you a crier?

*All photos by Lotus Blossom Photography


Girls Get Ready

Arriving at the Venue

The Dalmatians Rehearse

Dress Me Up

An Ode to My Bouquet (and to the ‘Bee)


Mrs. Dalmatian

Nashville, TN
Wedding Date:
May 2012
Big Decisions: The Venue (Part 1)
Lace It Up

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  1. hermitcrab Member
    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 11:08 am

    I love first looks – and yours is amazing! You look beautiful and I love all the color!

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    gennalane 25 posts, Newbee @ 11:19 am

    LOVE that truck. My fiance and I hope to find one to use in our pictures too! We’d love to OWN one but I don’t know if that will happen before the wedding.

    About the crying thing-I was SO sure I’d bawl my eyes out when my fiance proposed, but I didn’t! Ironically when I watch videos of other peoples proposals I ALWAYS cry! Haha So I’m not sure if I’ll cry as I’m walking down the aisle or not!

  3. castle Member
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:20 am

    You look amazing! And that smile on your face says it all :)

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 11:37 am

    I love how bright your flowers are! They’re really eye-catching.

    I didn’t cry during the wedding, but as soon as we got back to the hotel and got in the Jacuzzi I fell apart. And, I did some pre-wedding crying the day before the rehearsal, so I got most of it out in advance. :)

  5. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:39 am

    You look so happy, what a sweet first look!

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    LissaBeans 340 posts, Helper bee @ 11:47 am

    I love these pictures! That first picture of the two of you with the truck is my favorite. I’m so excited for our first look!

  7. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:57 am

    I’m such a crier I think I’ll bawl the entire day.
    Beautiful pictures Dalmatian, the truck and your bouquet make a nice effect with the black and white you’re wearing.

  8. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:09 pm

    I cried my way down the aisle. I was so happy and excited, but also nervous, so I cried. Fortunately, it wasn’t an ugly cry.

  9. butterscotch Member
    butterscotch 263 posts, Helper bee @ 12:28 pm

    Love this picture such a lovely wide shot.

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:06 pm

    These are so gorgeous– you both look fantastic!

  11. msfox Member
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:26 pm

    I love the picture of you peering over Mr. D’s shoulder – so cute! And I totally feel you on the *happy* thing – it’s def become my default description word for most moments that day!

  12. beanstalk Member
    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 3:01 pm

    I LOVE the truck!!! It totally adds a bit of Southern uniqueness to these already gorgeous photos!!!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:10 pm

    I love first looks! You two look so happy together!

  14. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:57 pm

    Your big grin is super contagious! From reading the recaps over the last year or so, I’ve learned it is hard to predict where your emotions will be on the wedding day. Glad you were all smiles!

  15. coyote Member
    coyote 1933 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:20 pm

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE these photos D. You just look so happy and full of joy! Gorgeous! I never, ever, ever cried so I surprised myself (and everyone else!) by sobbing all day long. 😀

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:21 am

    Aww your first look is so adorable and natural!

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