I wish I had all the right words to describe this day. I don't. Shooting the wedding of friends is always a high honor and when someone says they have to have you, you're there. Hayden and Jerica are perfect for each other. I've said it before on their engagement photos (posted here), but I don't know if I've truly met two who were more right for each other than they.

Roaming through tall grass. Playing in the creamy sunlight. Me jumping around and squealing like a little girl - their first look was perfect. I couldn't have asked for a more peaceful hour and a half with these two. First looks are never ever ever an unwise decision. I pinky promise you that.

Come drift away with me and soak in these sweet moments between these darling people. And feel free to click on the photos to see them bigger. You should try it.

If you're looking to get hitched and are planning your wedding, PLEASE do yourself a favor and plan in a first look. The benefits outweigh any concerns you might have. Go untraditional. It's your wedding. Spend those moments just the two of you in peacefulness not surrounded by relatives stressing you out, not worrying about decorations, and not getting out-of-your-mind anxious about walking down the aisle. Plus, you get boocoodles of portraits ready for your wall and to hand to your grandma at Christmas!