The Buffalo Wedding: The One With the First Look

While I have no regrets about not having an actual wedding rehearsal, I do kind of regret not practicing, or at least putting much thought into, our first look. At the time I thought, how complicated could this be? I’ve seen a gazillion photos on pinterest, I walk up behind him and he sees me for the first time. Simple. OK, not so simple. Things I forgot to consider: the spot I selected meant people would be watching, there will be photos taken, and big D’OH moment: I walk fast. Like FAST. I didn’t really think about slowing down to you know, capture the moment? It’s quite amazing that M was able to get any decent photos at all. Not to mention that once I got to Mr. B it was awkward. Not awkward for us, per se, it was in fact very us. But more just awkward in photos. Despite M’s best effort, I did a horrible job preparing for this part of the day, which was reflected in the photos. Boo to my lack of preparation. I pretty much walked as slowly as I could (which isn’t that slow), walked up behind him and gave him a hug from behind before he turned around. MAYBE the awkwardness is more in how I’m remembering it than anything else. Either way, looking back this is probably the biggest thing I would have put more thought into.

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Mr. B looking out over the ceremony site waiting for me / Photo Credit Quartiano Photography

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This is by far my absolute favorite photo of myself from our wedding! I’m so thankful that M was able to capture it! / Photo Credit Quartiano Photography

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Photos credit Quartiano Photography

Mr. B was so excited to finally see me in the dress I had talked so much about! Not to mention it meant that we could begin all the fun group photos (Mr. B usually HATES posing for photos) and then GET MARRIED.

Did you have a first look? Did it go exactly as planned or did you have to play it by ear?

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Practice Makes Perfect

For the reception of course!

One of the most important steps to take in order to ensure things go smoothly on Wedding Day is having a rehearsal. I know some people skip this step, but to me it’s important; especially when you consider our wedding will be outdoors, and the majority of our wedding party will be seeing the venue for the first time that weekend. Since we have Bailey’s Thursday through Sunday, it was really up to us when to we wanted to schedule it, and with everyone’s work schedules, Friday night was just the most logical time. In order to have a wedding rehearsal, you must first have a plan for the ceremony, which is something I didn’t finish until like the week before (not that it surprises me, nor should it surprise you!). So my lack of pre-planning a ceremony aside, one of the best parts of having a wedding rehearsal is having a rehearsal DINNER. Or a pre-reception as some may call it, and lets face it, planning the pre-reception is so much harder to procrastinate on!

As I’ve mentioned many, MANY times, I LOVE our venue. But when it came down to planning our rehearsal dinner, it made me more than a little bit frustrated. You see, Palomar Mountain is BEAUTIFUL, but it is also a very low populated MOUNTAIN. There is ONE SMALL general store, and ONE SMALL restaurant. In February, we took GM R, BM K and Little K up to the venue to check it out. After we left, we were STARVING. So we figured we’d try the restaurant to see what it was like (OK, I only cared about scoping it out for a rehearsal location). Mother’s Kitchen was a cute little place, and it seemed to be a popular stop for biker’s cruising the beautiful scenery on the weekend.

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We were so hungry that at first we didn’t even notice that the menu was completely vegetarian. Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes vegetarian food can me more delicious and filling than food with meat, but when it comes to a potential rehearsal dinner, I just can’t picture a completely vegetarian menu. The fact that we stood there for 10 minutes without even being acknowledged didn’t help either. FBIL K and FSIL, however, LOVE Mother’s Kitchen and stop in every time they’re up the mountain, so I asked their opinion. But even they agreed it probably wasn’t right for our rehearsal dinner. So back to square one I went!

Did you have to overcome any obstacles when trying to plan your rehearsal dinner? Or was picking out a location easy?