If you go back enough to the stories section of this site, you’ll see Eric and Jessica’s Engagement Session in Satwiwa National Park. Here we are now, on the other side of that time reflecting back on their Thousand Oaks Backyard WEDDING DAY!! It’s pretty freaking awesome to be able to travel back, and forward in time to an entire year of someone’s story. I love it.
Thousand Oaks Backyard Wedding
When I was first told that they’re doing a backyard wedding, I got butterflies in my stomach. I love backyards, I love the closeness of it all, and the memories it brings back to someone. It was a small wedding of their closest friends and family. The backyard has a view of Satwiwa National Park! That’s where the arch faced and it was beautiful, elegant, and simple. My favorite combo of everything.
Jessica designed and created the invitation suits, it was so dang pretty. Eric wrote his vows on a book and then remembered all the words as he recited them to Jessica without needing to read off anything!
Front Yard First Look Sweetness
What’s a first look? It’s when you and your soon-to-be husband see each other BEFORE walking down the aisle. When your photographer sets your husband in a way facing the opposite direction you’re going to come from. And set you up so when you tap his shoulder, or count to three, or etc. he turns around and sees you, and you see him, for the first time on your wedding day. And then, after this, is when you walk down the aisle.
Should I do a first look? This is 100% up to you. Do a first look if you want to do it. There’s no need to add stress in thinking about it. If you want to see your husband for the first time on your wedding day without 40+ eyes looking at you, DO IT. If you want to do it with everyone around because it’s tradition and everyone says that’s what you’re supposed to do, but you’re on the edge. THEN DO A FIRST LOOK instead, don’t listen to everyone else. AND, if you’re reading this and seething and thinking, I want to do the tradition because I want to and love that, THEN DO THAT! That’s okay, that’s beautiful, that’s you.
Benefits of a first look?
- You get extra bridal portraits time before ceremony
- Can knock-out bridal party and family photos BEFORE the ceremony
- Gives you more bridal portraits for after the ceremony (because this time is not being used for bridal party & family photos)
- Gives you some intimate time with your husband/wife before the ceremony
Eric and Jessica’s first look was filled with tears. It was so emotional and beautiful. I’m all for intimate first-looks because it takes the stress away from seeing each other for the first time in front of way too many people. I love intimacy, and this is just my take on it and what I have noticed with my couples who do it. But look (no pun-intended):
I’m not arguing. I’m agreeing with you. The thing is, YOU ARE RIGHT. Whichever way you decide to go. You are right.
Jessica and Eric did a first look, and they loved it. They were right in doing it because that’s what works for them. There’s no wrong way to go about doing your wedding day.
That’s my two cents! Scroll down to see their beautiful wedding day, and their first look unfold.