Getting Hitched: Our First Look (Finally!)

If I had to sum up our First Look into one word, it would, without a doubt, be “emotional.”

Here, take a look:

Whitney & Ryan’s Sneak Peek | Colleyville, TX  from Vanessa McKellar Productions on Vimeo.

See what I mean? 😉

It was the strangest turn of events, too, because if you remember, we left off with both of us looking more than just a little excited to be getting ready for our wedding day:


I had really handled my emotions well the majority of the morning. I was excited and thoroughly enjoying having my best friends surrounding me. At times, I was possibly a little quieter than usual as I tried to take in the day and everything that was happening. But the one thing I was not, was emotional. That is until I headed out of the Bridal Suite on my way to Mr. Coach.


When I think about it now, the overwhelming emotions do make a little more sense. I remember at various times throughout the morning Vanessa would pull me aside and ask me  how I was feeling, what was going on in my mind, etc. so that she could capture some of those feelings on film. Looking back, I remember each time she asked, my main response was, “I’m just really ready to see Mr. Coach.” Thinking about it now, I feel kind of bad I didn’t give her more material to work with (haha), but that was the truth—as excited as I was for our wedding day, things just weren’t going to be perfect until I had laid eyes on my groom and we could start enjoying the day together.




So, when I finally started my trek to see my husband-to-be, and Vanessa pulled me aside once more to check in on what I was thinking, my emotions (that I didn’t know had been there all along) finally got the best of me. I was finally, finally heading to see my groom on our wedding day. Cue the heavy breathing and overload of tears.

Luckily, our amazing videographer and photographer did an amazing job of just making me look slightly misty, rather than a crying mess, but I was certainly the latter. I think I also thoroughly confused Mr. C when he turned around and saw me with tears running down my cheeks. But, the funny thing was, once I had seen him, hugged him, and kissed him, all was right in the world. There was so much build up to us getting to see each other—so much so that I nearly lost it walking toward him—but it was completely justified when I finally got to hug him and hear his voice.




After all of the crying had ceased, Mr. C did what any good groom should and took a good look at my full wedding ensemble :) We shared a few more hugs, kisses, and laughs, and then headed off to take more couples portraits. Stay tuned for those!

All photography by Megan Fortner; Videography by Vanessa McKellar


Miss a recap?

First, I shared some of my favorite guest photos from the big day!

Next, Mr. C and I spent some quality time with family, rehearsed for the big day, and then enjoyed our tasty rehearsal dinner.

My girls and I spent some quality time together and got our hair and makeup done in our hotel suite.

We headed over to the Piazza, where I slipped into my dress.

I showed off my wedding gown in my pre-wedding Bridal Portraits.

You got a sneak peek into the Groom’s Suite while the guys got ready.


Mrs. Coach

Wedding Date:
October 2012
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Charts and Graphs by Mr. Sword

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  1. Member
    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 8:29 am

    Such a lovely first look!!

  2. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 8:32 am

    You guys almost made me cry! The video captures it perfectly.

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    darthbetty 511 posts, Busy bee @ 8:41 am

    You are such a pretty crier.

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    happybbbeee 1339 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:45 am

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful first look!

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    dcgirl655, Guest @ 9:14 am

    So perfect! And you are stunning!

  6. mssquirrel Member
    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 9:14 am

    Aww you look so insanely happy!

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    ghiagirl893 347 posts, Helper bee @ 9:42 am

    Omg your video was too cute!!!

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 9:45 am

    Your video captured the moment perfectly! :-)

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    annabat1 83 posts, Worker bee @ 10:00 am

    that was the most perfect video moment ever! totally in love with the videographer!

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    ilikeballet 277 posts, Helper bee @ 10:01 am

    So beautiful! I cried!

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    courtoni 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:05 am

    Crying at work. Can’t wait to go home so I can see the video!

  12. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:25 am

    Aww so sweet!! I wish I could watch the video with sound, but I’m at work 😉

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    Bobbie, Guest @ 10:27 am

    Made me cry! What is the song?

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    Kayla, Guest @ 10:52 am

    Tissues anyone?!? So beautiful and raw– Love it!

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    jennyinstereo 310 posts, Helper bee @ 11:16 am

    Ah I totally cried! That’s so so so sweet

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:33 am

    The emotion in that video had my eyes tearing up, just beautiful!

  17. msmongoose Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 2:26 pm

    The video is so sweet and emotional–and like the another poster said, you are definitely a pretty crier!

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    vintagefair 751 posts, Busy bee @ 3:11 pm

    So… you had me bursting out in tears at work!! Beautiful!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, so sweet!

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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 5:57 pm

    Such beautiful pictures!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:11 pm

    awww I love your happy tears! Such a sweet moment for you both.

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    mscoach 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:37 pm

    @Bobbie: The song is Alas We Aspire by Amy Stroup

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:33 am

    These are beautiful pictures Mrs. Coach. I love them and I think you totally look like you’re happily, elegantly crying.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:00 pm

    Best video ever!!

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    sealevels 1840 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:34 am

    Lady! 1. You look stunning. 2. Your DH looks awesome! 3. I think this is a great case for a videographer if I’ve ever seen one.

    Thanks for making me cry, haha.

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    FutureMrsAP 21 posts, Newbee @ 9:07 am

    A videographer is a “must have” on our list now! What a great video!

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    new york bride 13 334 posts, Helper bee @ 8:52 am

    The pictures are beautiful! The video definitely made me teary eyed!

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    tropicalfish914 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:27 pm

    That was so beautiful! I just cried like a baby! Best wishes :)

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