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Pinot Butter & Jellies: Our First Look

December 30, 2010

Early on in the wedding-planning process, Mr. Jelly and I decided that we were going to do a “first look.”  Neither one of us is very superstitious, we didn’t want to miss our cocktail hour, and we thought that seeing each other pre-ceremony would be a great way to shake off those wedding day nerves.

Right before we went outside to do the first look, our photographer, Cliff, asked me how I wanted to set it up.  Me waiting, and Mr. Jelly walking up behind me, or the other way around?  Quite honestly, I was caught off guard by this question.  I hadn’t really given it any thought, and I had major bride brain going on so I asked Cliff what he thought was best.  He suggested the me waiting, Mr. Jelly walking up to me setup, because it wouldn’t require me to move around in my dress.  This made sense to me, so I went with it.  It was only later that I realized that probably 90% of couples do it the other way around, because – duh! – the bride’s whole ensemble remains a surprise when she walks up to the groom.  In our case, Mr. Jelly already saw the back of my dress before he saw me.  Now, before you think that I’m complaining, I’m not – I really love our first look pictures, and I also love that they’re a little more unique.  I just wish I’d given a little more thought to our setup before the actual wedding day.

Anyway, enough rambling…on to the photos!

Giddy with anticipation.


At last, we were together.  The day we had waited so long for was finally here.  We reveled in each other’s presence.

We kissed…

We hugged…

We checked out each other’s junk…

Ok, I’m just kidding about the junk thing.  But doesn’t it look like it?!

We soaked in the moment.

I love that face.

“Look, honey, I even clipped my fingernails!”  “Wow!!”

In only a couple of hours, we would be husband and wife.

*All photos in this post are courtesy of Cliff Brunk Photography.

Missed a post? Catch up here:
  • It’s Pinot Butter Jellies Time!: Week Before the Wedding []
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Practice Makes Perfect []
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Making a Splash []
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bocce e Abbracci []
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Night Before []
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Getting Dolled Up []
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Putting on the Dress []


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