Had you ever heard of a first look prior to Samantha Ohlsen suggesting it?
Why did you choose to do a first look?
I was really against the idea at first but as I thought about it more it actually made a lot of sense in our situation. Having so many close family members who have passed away I was worried about how emotional the day would be. I thought it would be good to get some of that emotion out of the way while with just Bill and me there. We chose the cemetery because I really wanted to visit my family graves the day of the wedding. It turned out to be a perfect location – private, secluded and quiet.
Did you have any reservations prior in doing a first look compared to the traditional groom sees bride first at the alter?
Once I had decided we wanted to do this I was more worried what other people would think. I actually didn’t tell anyone until the week of the wedding. My mum was ok with it after I explained why we were doing a First Look. She also thought it was lovely that we were going to visit the graves at the same time.
What was it like as you arrived and you could see the back of Bill but not his face?
I was surprised about how nervous I was. It is a bit of a surreal moment. You know what you are there for but it’s hard to know how to feel at the same time.
What was it like as you walked towards him?
It felt like a very long walk (although Sam says I walked very fast!).
What was it like when you finally saw him for the first time?
I had never seen a look like that on Bill’s face before. It seemed to be a mix of shock and excitement and joy. It was nice to see that close up and experience an emotion I had never experienced from Bill. He is quite a shy person and I don’t think I would have got such raw emotion if he was in front of a crowd.