Married Melodies: First Look

After my bridal party finished getting ready and Mr. Warbs’ crew finished lacing up their Chuck Taylors, we all headed to the venue. The bridal party rode in a shuttle provided by the hotel and Mr. Warbs and his groomsmen piled into his dad’s car. During the short drive, two things happened simultaneously in both vehicles.

We both freaked the f#*@ out.

As we rounded a curve climbing up into the hill, I yelled “OH MY GOD! I forgot the marriage license!” The license had been left behind in the hotel room. I guess I freaked everyone out, including the driver who hit the brakes for dramatic effect.

A little ways down the road behind us, Mr. Warbs said, “Sh@#, I forgot my vows!” His dad said, “Well, we’re not going back, we’re already running late. So you better start writing!” Ha!

After I finished kicking myself, I asked the bridal party which one of our friends was still at the hotel. We were able to get ahold of two of our friends who talked the hotel into letting them into my room to grab the license and meet us at the venue. Thanks for saving the day, Jazzy and Jo!

Meanwhile, Mr. Warbs frantically rewrote his vows on his cell phone. When he finally arrived at the venue, he emailed the vows to our coordinator who printed them out for him. How freaking crazy is it that we both forgot something major on the day of our wedding? Crisis averted, but we were both feeling pretty frazzled heading into our first look. Especially me.



The Warblers: somewhere between a married couple and big losers.

When we were both finally ready, our photographers set us up for the big reveal. As I headed over to where Mr. Warbs’ was waiting a million thoughts were running through my head. Would he like my dress? Should I tell him about the marriage license snafu now or later? OMG, what if I cried? But as soon as I was able to see his back, just his back, all of my questions melted away.















I understand why most couples choose not to do a first look, I really do. But in that moment when Mr. Warbs turned around and looked at me for the first time as his bride, I was so happy that we had decided to do it. Earlier I had been a nervous wreck, but as soon as I saw my future husband, I started to calm down. For three years, he had always been able to make me feel better whether I was nervous, sad, sick or unsure of myself. He had always been there for me because he was my rock. With him by my side, I knew the rest of the day would be a piece of cake.








We both confessed our blunders, laughed about it, and that was that. What can I say? We’re more alike that I thought! I didn’t feel nervous anymore, I was just ready to get married. Before we knew it, it was time for our pre-wedding portraits!

Tell me, hive, did you forget something big on your wedding day?


Catch Up!

All photos by Nataly Lemus Photography


Mrs. Warbler

Long Beach/Malibu
Wedding Date:
April 2012
Let's Hear it for the Beads!
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  1. Member
    GFerg 4056 posts, Honey bee @ 11:42 am

    I love the one where he’s looking at you and touching your face, very sweet!

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 11:43 am

    What an ADORABLE first look! You look SO happy: I love that last picture with your noses pressed together!

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 11:57 am

    Great photos!!!

  4. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:44 pm

    Your faces just light up around each other. so sweet

  5. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:50 pm

    Beautiful photos!!! I too forgot the marriage license and had to have one of our photographers get it during our reception.

  6. scepter Member
    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 2:06 pm

    You looked so beautiful!

  7. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:41 pm

    Such a sweet first look! Also, that sign really cracked me up :)

  8. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:08 pm

    He looks so excited while waiting for you, it’s so sweet.

  9. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:55 pm

    Aww so sweet!!!! Our first look definitely made me feel better too!

  10. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:19 am

    Ahh you are such a beautiful bride and you were absolutely glowing with happiness on your wedding day! What a sweet first look. :)

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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 7:16 am

    Gorgeous first look photos! And I’d stress out if I had to write vows in a hurry the day of the wedding!!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:42 am

    Awww such beautiful first look photos! Thats so funny that you both forgot something! I am glad it got all sorted though!

  13. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:52 pm

    Oh, you guys are so cute! These pics and your description make it feel like we are right there with you. And your big grin? Absolutely beautiful!

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