The First Look.

Us Simpson’s have got a lot going on right now, and with a lot of things “up in the air” I am feeling extra thankful that I get to live life with my sweet husband. And since I’ve been meaning to write a post about this for months, I’m finally sitting down and sharing my absolute favorite moment from our Wedding day, our first look.

(All photos by The Schultzes )

(I should note, Clint and I have never actually talked about how our first look went, other than me saying I’m glad we did it, so this is all from my POV.)


A couple of weeks prior to our wedding I started contemplating whether or not I wanted to do a first look on our wedding day. Photography was one of the top priorities for the wedding and I loved the idea of having that extra photo time. However, that traditional side of me was concerned that it would make my walk down the aisle less special. I ended up e-mailing our photographer asking for her opinion on the first look and she directed me towards this blog post. A take on the first look, on behalf of the Groom. This post conveyed just what I needed to hear, that a Bride walking down the aisle towards her Groom is going to special, and beautiful, and emotional, and unforgettable, no matter what happens before that. The first look would just be the cherry on top.


When I talked to Clint about doing a first look I expressed how I wanted for him and I to have a moment together alone to bask in the glory of our day, just the two of us. Ironically, a wedding, a day that is about two people, very easily becomes about every other person there. Everyone warns you of how quickly your wedding day with come and go, zipping by in the blink of an eye. I was determined to make the most of every moment we had that day. So after a little bit of back and forth on if a first look was right for us, we made the choice to have a first look be a part of our wedding day. Now cue all those funny looks from our Parents who 1. Had never even heard the term “first look”.  2. Thought we were crazy for breaking such a traditional aspect of getting married.


On our wedding day I found myself calm, cool, and collected- maybe even too much so. I had been so worried that I’d spend my wedding day a ball of nerves and overcome with anxiety that I actually ended up getting ready for my wedding feeling… underwhelmed? I didn’t have that spark of excitement. It didn’t truly hit me that this was our wedding day, that I was about to put on the big white dress, and marry my best friend. As I continued to get ready and watched as all the people around me got more and more beautiful by the moment I was craving the joy of being a bride.


As I made my way over to do our first look I had a single moment when I was walking down to get in place and caught just a glimpse of Clint waiting on the docks and my heart could have just burst. For our first look I stood on one end of a dock while Clint stood on the other. He was to wait for me to call his name and when he turned to face me we’d walk towards each other and meet in the middle. It turns out my groom just couldn’t contain his joy as he ran towards me. Tears instantly came to eyes and love flooded every last inch of my heart. I’ll never forget the moment he finally reached me with open arms, as cheers came from the near by boaters, and the soft sound of water brushing up against the rocks, it was just perfect. In the moment of our first look, I became a bride, ready to marry her groom. For those next few minutes Clint and I stood together exchanging sweet words and having the chance to enjoy our wedding day, just the two of us.


 Also, to be terribly honest, knowing myself, part of why I wanted to have a first look was because of all the things I knew I’d want to say to Clint once I walked down the aisle to him: How do I look? Do you like my dress? Are you nervous? Excited? You look so nice! I can’t believe it’s our wedding day! Except you can’t exactly get down the aisle and start-up a conversation with your groom, you kind of have a ceremony to get on with. I knew if we didn’t do a first look I’d feel like rushing the ceremony so that Clint and I could speak candidly with one another. Because we did do a first look, and because we were able to get all of those things out-of-the-way, I was able to enjoy our ceremony like I never thought I’d be able to. I feel like for so many people a ceremony is just a technicality, you know, the actual act of getting married and all. For me, I soaked up every last second of our ceremony. It was almost like Clint and I had this special little bond of our special moment just prior, that made us each smile just a little sweet at one another as we exchanged vows.03_Portraits_0326

Now obviously every couple and every wedding is different, so a first look may be completely right for one couple, and couple wrong for another. For us, it was right. And it completely set the tone for the rest of the day between the two of us. It allowed us to get excited, together. 03_Portraits_0330

These pictures are so incredibly special to me. When I look at them I can so vividly remember the way my heart sped up as Clint looked me up and down, taking in the lace trim of my gown, the sparkle of my earrings, the softness of my flowing veil. The first look was one of the most emotional moments of the day the photographs snatched up that emotion and put it in a place for us to hold onto forever.

I love this man so very much.

And I just LOVED our first look.03_Portraits_0342


Six for six.

Clint and I got married six months ago, today. And since he’s currently snoozing it up big time on the couch and I’m getting increasingly more anxious about how we haven’t had water all day and that 5 o’clock estimated fixed by time has now come and gone (because our apt complex is now giving us reasons daily to get excited about moving out of this place in a month), I thought I’d share six pictures of my Mr. and I on the day I became his Mrs. And because quite honestly, I’m always just looking for an excuse to scroll through all our pictures and find few new favorites. [[FYI- they are all by The Schultzes.. go check them out!]]



03_Portraits_0320One of these days I’ll get around to writing a post about our first look- and how I couldn’t even imagine that day without it.




I am so thankful each and every day that God chose to put a man so much better than myself in my life and led me to be his wife. I’m still completely unaware of my new last name and I often find myself wanting to call him my boyfriend, but I figure old habits die-hard and I’ve got the rest of my life to get it right.


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However, wordpress evidently does not allow you to use bold or italics in your title. So just pretend that’s what it looks like up there.

Anyways, on to the reason for this blog post. I have this wonderful friend Emily. We go back to the days of pigtails on the playground and she is surely one of the most kind-hearted people I am blessed to know. She went to art school down in Florida and now lives out in California with her husband but by the grace of social media (and this little bloggy blog) we’ve had the chance to reconnect. A couple of weeks ago I was giddy with excitement when I had an actual package in the mail. I literally ran back to the apartment (I’m serious, I skipped steps and everything)  cut the tape on the package and unraveled what was inside. In absolute awe I was surprised to see…

US! Clint and I! On our wedding day! In my dress! And that’s so my hair! I just sat there at our kitchen table and held it in my hands smiling.

Wrapped canvas and everything!

I absolutely love our illustration. Sometimes I glance over at it and just think- Prince Charming and his Princess! So, Emily kind of turned me into a Princess, and I love it 🙂

Emily now has her very own Etsy shop called Happy Little Heart and it’s amazing. You should absolutely go check it out, and you can go see our lovely illustration and the photo she used as inspiration.  She has such a gift and I am so excited that she’s sharing that gift with everyone else. And since it seems like everyone and their neighbor has been getting married lately you can order the bride and groom their very own custom illustration- coming from a girl who got one by surprise I can tell you these do not disappoint. Plus, isn’t it fun to buy off the registry every now and then!?

Now go check it out!

Awkward and Awesome.

Just throwing this out there, I’m ready for the leaves to start looking a bit prettier. I need some serious fall weather. I’m prepared for some pumpkin carving and hot chocolate, and I just got home from the grocery store where I got some s’mores making supplies and me and my mister will be gathered around our fireplace tonight to get into the fall spirit.

Here is this weeks round up of awkward and awesome.


-Accidentally applying for the same job two days in a row. HR person, I’m very organized, I promise, but sometimes I don’t consult my spreadsheet and I don’t quite realize that I’ve already applied. Here’s to hoping this take my multiple applications as me just really wanting the job.
-I am quite possibly the most inconsistent bowler ever. I went from scoring over 120 to a game where in the fourth frame I had a 6. And no gutter balls, just genuinely horrible bowling.
-I’m kind of an expert at avoiding finishing the laundry. I start it, I get things all washed and dried, but then I just let them sit in the dryer for a few days and occasionally do a little refresh. I really can’t stand hanging things up so I just like to prolong it as long as possible. This is probably my domestic downfall.


-The State Fair has arrived!! This is basically one of the only things that got me excited about moving to Raleigh. I’ve never been before and I absolutely cannot wait to go and eat lots of yummy and strange food and ride a ferris wheel (which I mostly just assuming they have to have.)
-My brother got married this past weekend! It was super fun and I am so thankful that I got to be a part of the special day. They had beautiful weather and the day was filled with a stunning dress on a glowing bride, a dashing groom, and smiles everywhere you looked. I just LOVE love.

What’s been awkward & awesome lately?

A hole in the wall.

Two holes to be exact.
I just hung this up in our apartment, and it’s kind of a big deal.

You see, I’ve kind of had this anti-hole-in-the-wall mentality since moving to Raleigh. The less stuff we have to take down, the easier it is for us to leave (and if you can’t tell, I’m not exactly a fan of my new city just yet).

So, for the past two-ish months I’ve avoided putting ANYTHING on the walls. Our apartment is basically bare. This has been a bit strange for me, I come from a place of having a giant beach mural on my wall. I am all about having things on the walls.

Yesterday I had a moment. In this moment I realized that I needed to put a hole in the wall. I haven’t been feeling at home here in my new place. I’ve actually felt quite out-of-place. I’ve prayed consistently that God would open my eyes to what my purpose is here in Raleigh. I am confident that He has brought Clint and I to this new place for His glory. The thing is, I’ve been sitting here in Raleigh waiting for God to leave a letter in the mailbox, detailing my next step, telling me exactly what my purpose is here. The problem is, I’m not currently in a place to receive what He has for me here. It’s like I haven’t changed my address yet and that letter keeps getting sent back. I’ve been so focused on how I miss my hometown, and how I don’t feel at peace here that I’ve left no room for God to step in and pour His love, wisdom, grace, and many other things into my life.

Today, I put two holes in the wall. It took less than five minutes and all it really did was add a bit of umph to a bare wall in our bedroom; but for me, it’s a step in the direction of letting God work miracles through me, no matter where I am. For all I know, I am supposed to spend the rest of my life in Raleigh, and if that is His plan, than it shall be. I am committing to a life of living. Living where I am, while I’m there, each and every day.

With two holes in the wall, I have committed.