wedding // that first look.

I want to say a big thank you to chelsea for having me as a guest while she is away getting hitched at her amazing wedding (although i would have liked to be on the beach with her right now too)! i am sending her all the best wishes for a wonderful wedding and an even better marriage, and i can’t wait to hear all about it when she gets back. lots of love to you and your new husband!

there are so many wedding traditions that i love. the vows || the father-of-the-bride speech || the first dance. all wonderful. all full of love and emotion and meaning.

but my favorite tradition by far has to be the first look between the bride and groom. there is something about the couple laying eyes on each other in all their wedding glory for the first time that just gets me. there is so much meaning in that tradition; to me it signals the official start of the marriage, the start of their new journey. it’s the first time that they are looking at the other person as their husband or their wife instead of just their boyfriend/girlfriend/fiancé, and it’s really sinking in that this is the relationship they will have with them for the rest of their lives. it’s the moment it becomes real. after all the planning and the stress and the waiting, it’s finally real.

wedding us

my first look is one of my most vivid memories from my wedding. i will never forget the feeling of walking out towards my husband-to-be (i call him Mister Man), and being so nervous to see his face when he turned around.

and when he did, my goodness did my heart swell. you know that feeling when you’re on a roller coaster and you come up and over the first hill and start to fly down? it was like that times a million. there is nothing that can compare to having someone look at you with that kind of love and awe in their eyes, and i would never trade that memory for anything.

wedding first look

wedding first look

at the end of the day, the wedding day is a big milestone, it’s huge. but it’s really just the start to the journey and the traditions are there to remind us of that. the first look, whether it happens before the ceremony or as the bride walks down the aisle, is a reminder that from this moment on, you are looking at your love in a new way. in a forever way. and that is a beautiful thing.

wedding first look

wedding first look


wedding // top three’s.

Hey everyone!

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I am Caitlin Fore from Gussied Up Blog! And I was super excited when Chelsea asked me to guest post on her blog during all of her wedding festivities. I adore her blog and loved the thought of getting to share some of my wedding insight with all of y’all.

Let’s see, I married my college sweetheart a little over three and a half years ago (I still can’t believe that, it’s gone by fast) in Oklahoma City (my home town) at the church I grew up going to. We then had the reception at a great hotel ballroom close by. It really was the best day ever!!

We took a year to plan the wedding and here comes my first piece of advice, I’d do all it again, but in six months. By the first couple months into planning I had the dress, venues, flowers, and bridesmaid dresses. So by six months I was just ready to be married, ya know what I mean!?

I love pinterest in all, I mean I do have like 45 boards…anyways I just wouldn’t be obsessive with it. I think pinterest is a great tool to collect. But as a bride you have to know when to be flexible. Especially with flowers, I knew I wanted peonies super bad for my bouquets, and I was lucky they were in season (we got married on June 4, 2011). But say if you’re getting married in October – I’m not sure you can get peonies, but if you can it’s gonna be pricey. So just be aware of things that are naturally around during your wedding season and know that if it isn’t easily available – it’s gonna be pricey. And it’s totally your day – so live it up!!

I’d say pick three big things that mean the most to you and focus on making those the main focus of your budget. For me I’d have to say most of my budget went to my dress (so typical I know, but it really was perfect), photographer (make sure to practice your kiss to get the best pic ever), and reception (I was ready to throw the best party of our lives).

wedding // top three's c/o gussied up blog

wedding // top three's c/o gussied up blog

wedding // top three's c/o gussied up blog

wedding // top three's c/o gussied up blog

Oh and make sure to reach out to your friends and family to help with as much as possible. Not only because you are only one person, but because they love you they will want to help make your special day just perfect for you!

With that – congratulations to Chelsea and Jeff and their fabulous wedding in Punta Cana!

Xo ,


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