Picture Perfect: First Un-Look?

It’s the age old question: to first look or not to first look? I was pro, Cam was anti. There was no compromise…or so I thought?

Somewhere along the way of wedding planning, I started seeing photos of couples taking pre-ceremony portraits together, but not actually seeing each other. We’ve all seen them—hand holding around a door, smiling bride and groom on either side of a corner, or one on a balcony, another on the ground floor. I didn’t think it had a name, but our day-of coordinator called it a “First Touch.” I literally laughed out loud when she called it that to my face.

While you don’t get the benefit of having extra time allotted for portraits, you do get a pretty cute photo-op. Cam is super old school sometimes, and this was one of those—he absolutely, positively did not want to see me before the ceremony. Which is both frustrating and romantic at the same time. Luckily, these photos ended up pretty nice, and I got to hold his hand for a minute.

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The conversation we had was hilarious:
Cam: “Hi, how are you?”
Me: “I’m pretty good, how are you?”
Cam: “Good. Hey! Ryan surprised us with a keg of Oberon for the bus!”
Me: “Shut up and smile, Robert is taking pictures.”

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While Cam kept looking at the camera, I snuck behind him and back into the house. Halfway up the stairs I realized I forgot Cam’s card, and I was devastated. Little did I know that Cam forgot my entire gift, and had to call a guest to drive over early and bring it to him. We’re so organized.

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Mrs. Camera

Charlotte, NC/Charleston, SC
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    Mrs. Rucksack 493 posts, Helper bee @ 6:58 am

    I love this idea! And I forgot so many things before the wedding – poor Mr. R had to deliver a bunch of things to me the morning of the wedding!

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    luluvohn 1153 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:15 am

    We’re planning on doing a First Touch. We’re both really superstitious and don’t want to see each other, but think the photos look really pretty. It’ll also help a little with time management in getting back to our cocktail hour.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1299 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:25 am

    Ok that’s really cute that he cared so much, and I think this is the first time I’ve seen a first took on the Bee! Your narration had me laughing out loud!

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    Mrs. Road Trip 726 posts, Busy bee @ 7:49 am

    First Touch is oddly descriptive, but as long as it works!

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2806 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:55 am

    You guys are so cute!

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    Mrs. Jet Setter 388 posts, Helper bee @ 9:19 am

    Love the “un-look”! You both look so excited!

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    Miss Wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:50 am

    The second photo is gorgeous! :)

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    Miss Pyramid 801 posts, Busy bee @ 6:52 pm

    What a cute way to get your pictures beforehand. You guys are presh!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:56 am

    That might be the most conveniently placed pillar in history. ;)

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:22 am

    This is so sweet, although first touch makes me giggle :)

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    Mrs. Gondola 951 posts, Busy bee @ 4:35 pm

    So cute! And you both look so happy!

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    daniellekira 532 posts, Busy bee @ 2:28 pm

    We did a first touch and it was the best decision. I was against a first look and so was my husband and this was the perfect compromise. We exchanged love notes during this time too.

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    saltedcaramel 344 posts, Helper bee @ 8:33 am

    What a cute idea… and love the pics.

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