(All wedding photos were taken by The Jacksons Photography. A wonderful husband and wife team based in Columbus, Ohio.)
Our Wedding Day: Part One (If you haven't read it yet.)
Let me begin part two by telling you how calm I felt before I met Rick for our "first look". I was excited! First, I walked out of my bridal suite with my little entourage of ladies towards the back exit of the reception hall to meet my father.
Rick and I got him a personalized, engraved pocket knife with "Father of the Bride" on the outside.
Then I walked around the corner to meet my step-father with a little group of loved ones following me. Our photographers, Jeremy and Amanda, did a fantastic job of making sure everyone was in the right place at the right time.
My step-father, Bill, was in the bridal party as a groomsman. He received a leather, monogrammed wallet (as did the other groomsmen) from Rick the night before at our rehearsal dinner.
It was time. Time to meet Rick and see the look on his face. I had been waiting seven years to have this moment with him. My shoes and dress crunched the leaves on the ground, and I held my breath as I walked.
"I heard the leaves as you walked up and that's when I started to cry."
I never felt more beautiful than I did in that moment. He kept gazing into my eyes and looking at my dress. He told me sweet things that I will remember forever. I was so glad we had those quiet moments to share our thoughts that no one else would ever hear.
We got to spend some time before the ceremony taking bridal portraits. Yet another reason to have a first look on your wedding day. We got married on a Friday night so we knew this was the best option for us to ensure we had enough time for everything. These are some of our favorites photos.
Part three of our wedding day will feature the details of our wedding day and some bridal party and family photos. We're leading up to the ceremony!
Photo Credit: The Jacksons Photography