January 30, 2013

the first look.

We went back and forth on whether we wanted to share a first look, but it ended up being one of our favorite parts of the day. I'll never forget the magic of Radley standing there, silent, facing away from me, the only sound being the ruffle of my dress against the bricks as I stepped toward him.
As soon as he turned toward me, I felt my heart rise into my throat for the first of many times that day. The look on his face, the surprise, the rush of joy — we were completely wrapped up in each other and the moment and at one point, he stepped back and jokingly cheered. It was perfect.

Seeing Radley and sharing that time with him snapped any sense of nerves — from then on, everything was just plain fun. After our beautiful first-look moment, Radley and I hopped into a shuttle with the rest of the girls and headed out to the grove to meet our family for pictures. As we drove, a breeze came through the window, the air cooled, and the girls broke into song, singing the sweetest, most excited version of "Goin' to the Chapel" in the entire world. I'd never felt more filled with love.

(Photos by Cooper Carras)


chachamisu said... [Reply to comment]

Plain fun and love filled. Sweet, I wish you the best,joy and happiness.


iamturquoise said... [Reply to comment]

the photos are lovely!!


Treasure Tromp said... [Reply to comment]

absolutely adorable!

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

I am a HUGE fan of the first look! My morning was so stressed and anxiety filled but I was calm immediately as soon as I saw Ben!

Angela said... [Reply to comment]

I did a firs look too and I remember that nervous feeling just waiting for him to turn around!! Ahh, and how everything after that was just fun, no more nerves. :) I love these photos, you can truly see your love for each other in these moments. :)

Jorie said... [Reply to comment]

i absolutely love this! you were such a beautiful bride!


Dorcas said... [Reply to comment]

Ah Laura, I love this little series. You two are the cutest!

Brooke said... [Reply to comment]

So sweet and wonderful. What an amazing moment to share as husband and wife. Thank you for sharing these posts! They are so darling :)

with love said... [Reply to comment]

you are beautiful.

Oh, My Darling said... [Reply to comment]

You guys are such a beautiful couple! Love all the happiness and smiles in these pictures!