I know we call it a “first look.”
Of course, over the span of this couple’s relationship, it’s one of many looks. The look of interest in each other. The shy look of a first date. The look of warmth as they fall in love. The look of sorrow as they experience loss together. The look of sympathy as they nurse each others ailments and illnesses. The look of pride when they support and champion each other. The look of ecstatic joy as they agree to marry one another. The look of stress as they plan their wedding day. The look of anticipation as it grows closer.
Sometimes couples wonder if it’s “unlucky” to do this first look before their ceremony. “Is it wrong, should we save that for the aisle?” The reassurance comes when finally, “the first look.”
Ready in their carefully planned wedding attire, hearts fluttering, they lay their eyes upon one another just before they say “I Do.”
The look of interest is there, of course. The look of pride, the look of ecstatic joy. Most importantly though, that look of warmth. I witness this specific look every time. It’s an impenetrable force that wraps them in a soft and safe blanket and everything else falls away but the two of them.