Beyond the sea: First look

14 February 2013

new england house

formal wedding

As we rounded the corner to the straightaway to the house, we could see the gents milling about on the lawn. Butterflies! They gathered in the back as we pulled into the driveway.

(Since some of y’all were wondering in the comments on my last post, Tanja did not spend any time with the guys while they got ready — John’s preference and time/distance constraints — so she headed over to the house early to do portraits with them while the girls finished up makeup!)


Handsome man! Apparently Seth was crucial for both bow tie tying and boutonniere pinning.

formal groomsmen

All are best friends from high school or earlier — our friends are a truly marvelous blessing!

groomsmen in tuxedos

military wedding

Love this one – our handsome dads!

A few minutes later MacKenzie came to retrieve me, and I headed around the corner for our first look. I just did a quick search and apparently I never shared my thoughts on first looks on EFM (??), but basically, I strongly dislike contrived situations where people tap each other on the shoulder — just a personal preference. So, I simply rounded the corner of the porch to where John was waiting, both of us grinning like fools.

first look 5

first look

For us, the first look wasn’t the overwhelmingly emotional part of the day that it is for some people — more joyful — but we were glad we did it and it worked well with our timeline.

bouquet with anemones


swing wedding portrait

tanja lippert photography

Going through these photos again just makes me appreciate Tanja’s genius even more. She is amazing, y’all! And these are all film – just beautiful.

gray bridesmaid dresses

My beautiful sisters.

bouquet with vines

grey bridesmaid dresses

More beautiful sisters! You may recall my struggles with bridesmaid dresses, but everything worked out in the end!

We were running a bit behind to head out for the church, but just before we hopped in the cars I made a last minute request to Tanja.

modern updo

classic wedding

I needed a photo with “my” house, and she was so kind to oblige. Maybe, just maybe, this portrait will one day be hanging on the walls… and I’ll be living inside :)

Photographer: Tanja Lippert / Videographer: Inkspot Crow Films / Day-of-Coordinator: Diana Chouinard of Jubilee Events / Flowers: Blush Floral Design / Hair and Makeup Artist: Tia Reagan / Bride’s Gown: “Brisa” by Christos / Bride’s Shoes: “Paladin” by Nina from / Bride’s Earrings: “Toulouse” by Nina / Bride’s Necklace: Blue Nile / Bride’s Veil: Chaviano Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: “2834” by Dessy / Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo by Tommy Hilfiger from Macy’s / Groom and Groomsmen Bow Ties: Bows N’ Ties / Groom’s Suspenders: J. Crew / Groomsmen Suspenders: The Grunion Run / Groom’s Cufflinks: Keys and Memories

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February 14, 2013 10:01 am

LOVE IT! Can you post pictures from your wedding everyday please?!?

February 14, 2013 10:08 am

Gorgeous, just gorgeous!

February 14, 2013 10:09 am

Emily, these pictures are gorgeous! I love the location (“your” house is beautiful) and I love the pics of you and John. So much love and joy. I never thought to do a first look until reading Southern Weddings, but I’m beginning to like the idea of a private moment between man and soon-to-be wife before the ceremony and celebration begin. It seems a sweet reminder of what that day is truly about.

February 14, 2013 11:02 am

Love. :) xoxo

February 14, 2013 12:36 pm

So beautiful!

February 14, 2013 2:50 pm

What a beautiful couple, house, family, and wedding! Sending little prayers up that one day your dream of hanging that portrait in the house comes true!

February 14, 2013 2:52 pm

Gorgeous! Did you ever meet the family that lives there or interact with them face to face?

Victoria C
February 14, 2013 2:54 pm

Love these posts! The photos make me so happy because your happiness just jumps off the screen! Love!

February 14, 2013 3:08 pm

Wow, the photography is amazing! I love reading your recaps.

February 14, 2013 9:55 pm

Perfect in every way!

February 14, 2013 11:55 pm

absolutely love this :)

February 18, 2013 12:20 am

Gorgeous! What a beautiful photo of you sitting on the stairs to the house. I hope your day was simply magical — it looks that way!

February 18, 2013 2:06 pm

I LOVE THE HOUSE! and y’all look so pretty and dapper!!! Perfection!

February 24, 2013 2:32 pm

Ah, love! The smiles and all of the sweet moments!:)

February 28, 2013 9:17 am

Oh! So glad you shared this experience! These photos are so wonderful. Love the one of you and your sisters, and John kissing you on the swing. Gosh Tanja is incredible!

September 9, 2014 10:40 pm

BEAUTIFUL pictures and wedding! Can I ask what color you went with? I couldn’t find it in the bridesmaid dress post.

September 14, 2014 1:21 pm

I would also like to know the color of the bridesmaid dresses you selected! I LOVE them!