Our First Look

Photo by Rachel Red Photography

It’s been a while since I shared a wedding post! Today’s post is all about our first look. I knew that I wanted to do a first look with Michael for a couple of reasons: First, I really wanted to take the stress off of getting all of our photos together after the ceremony. The weather can be unpredictable in June, with afternoon showers and storms being common, so the idea of having two different times during the day scheduled for photos made me feel at ease. We also really wanted to be able to spend time with our loved ones during our cocktail hour before the reception, and doing most of our photos together prior to the ceremony gave us the chance to do so.

The second reason was that I really loved the idea of spending a few minutes with Michael before the wedding. There was so much excitement leading up to our wedding day, and I’ll admit, some nerves (which is totally normal)! The thought of being able to see Michael before our wedding gave me a sense of peace.

I am so happy with our decision, and our first look was truly was one of my favorite moments of the day. My dad drove me to meet Michael at a beautiful location in Wachesaw Plantation where moss-covered live oak trees form an ‘avenue’ of oaks, which I knew would be the perfect backdrop for photos. There were some clouds hanging over threatening to rain, so I was worried about how the photos would turn out. However, we only had the lightest sprinkle during our first look, which felt like the ‘good luck’ rain that everyone talks about on wedding days. We were so fortunate for the ideal weather our entire wedding day!

Photo by Rachel Red Photography
Photo by Rachel Red Photography
Photo by Rachel Red Photography
Photo by Rachel Red Photography
Photo by Rachel Red Photography
Photo by Rachel Red Photography
Photo by Rachel Red Photography
Photo by Rachel Red Photography

Of course, we had to have our pup, Beau, join us for our first look! I can’t get over how sweet he looks in these photos. He had the biggest grin on his face!

Photo by Rachel Red Photography

Looking through these photos again brings up the most wonderful memories of a day we will always cherish. I’m looking forward to sharing some moments from our ceremony and reception on my next post!



Venue: Wachesaw Plantation

Planning: Ash Events

Photography: Rachel Red Photography

Florals: Greenskeeper Florist

Rentals: EventWorks

Linens: Eventworks and Charleston Cotton

Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery

Ceremony and Reception Music: Irresistible Groove / East Coast Entertainment

Lighting: MC Lighting and Sound

Gown & Veil: White on Daniel Island

Invitations: Surcie

Hair: Jimbo Newton

Nails: Lunala Nail Lab


  1. October 6, 2021 / 5:13 pm

    Beautiful memories! The photos are so amazing!

    • Alexandra
      October 8, 2021 / 6:15 am

      They captured the day so perfectly!

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