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My Sister's Mountaintop First Look + Upstate, SC Wedding

Buckle up and get ready. This is a lengthy post packed with stories and photos from my baby sister's wedding weekend. On Thursday morning, we packed up the car (mostly Kris packed up the car), and we made the four-hour trip to my parent's house in South Carolina. Despite not actually growing up in that house, it's a place that always feels like home to me. We didn't have much room for error because only a couple hours after arriving, Hannah and I loaded up the car again (mostly Hannah loaded up the car with all her getting-ready things). Kind of kills me that she was finishing up her makeup on the way; kinda doesn't because I'm not surprised. And I can relate. We're kindred spirits. We had quite the time trying to decide where to go for their first look. AFTER getting in the car and starting the drive, we decided to meet Caleb at Bald Rock, so Hannah made the call to let him know where to go.

After running around trying to find the perfect spot, helping Hannah get her dress on (which wasn't simple), and moving and re-moving Caleb to the perfect spot, we finally set up. And then. As Hannah was about to go tap Caleb, she felt a bug in her eye. With an audible sigh from Caleb who had been waiting quite a while, I removed the bug from Hannah's eye. It's all perfectly on video. After all that went down, they finally saw each other.

Then in an intimate few moments, they read their private vows to each other.

I asked Hannah if she was happy they chose to do their first look and vows on Thursday even though their actual wedding was Saturday. She said, "Oh 100% yes. It was fun how it kicked off the wedding weekend...Because we did first look Thursday, there was honestly a sense of relief and not as much pressure heading into the wedding day. I looove that I didn’t feel like I had to hide with him [on wedding day]. We were able to just meet up in the morning and spend some alone time together. It was perfect."

She also mentioned that doing it this way gave us more time than we would have had on a typical wedding day.