Joanne had many close family members who had passed away, she was a little worried about how emotional the wedding day would be. The First Look in the cemetery turned out to be a perfect location – private, secluded and quiet and she got to visit family graves.
The florist found out about the First Look beforehand and had made a bouquet for the grave to match Joanne’s wedding flowers. A beautiful surprise.
Here’s a few of their responses to a Q&A on Joanne and Bill’s First Look.
Bill did you have any reservations about doing a First Look?
No, seeing the bride for the first time at the altar is not a Fijian tradition so I was open to it. Jo explained it to me and I thought it was a good idea.
Joanne 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.
Was the First Look a special moment in your wedding day Bill?
It was nice to have the time by ourselves and be able to take time out with each other and relax. The rest of the day you are worrying about everyone else.
Joanne, was the First Look a special moment in your wedding day?
Definitely. Everyone tells you the day will go fast and it did. Bill and I didn’t really get any time alone during the rest of the day so this was a really special moment for us and one of the best memories I have of the day.
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 in the First Look 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.
First Look – Joanne
It was nice to have the time by ourselves in The First Look and be able to take time out with each other and relax. The rest of the day you are worrying about everyone else, this was just for us.
The First Look – Bill Naulu
I’m really happy we did a First Look. It was such a beautiful moment and gave us some time out to just enjoy each other in what was otherwise a whirlwind day. I can’t imagine anyone would regret doing a First Look, I can imagine people regretting not doing one though so to anyone considering this, I’d say go for it!
The First Look – Joanne Mosman