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Wedding First Looks You Don’t See Everyday



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About Wedding First Looks

I’ve photographed hundreds of Wedding First Looks (that’s not an exaggeration) over the course of my career. And recently I blogged about “Should I have a first look at my wedding” which offered some pros and cons to seeing your spouse before the wedding ceremony. Today, however, I’m sharing alternative wedding first looks to spark your wedding planning creativity.

When planning a wedding, it’s so important to make time for the things YOU think are important. Your wedding is just that… your wedding. As such, feel free to personalize it however you see fit. Outside of the legal commitment of marrying your spouse, you can do literally anything you want. You could even have it on a submarine if you want (that actually happened recently!).

One of the more common non-groom Wedding First Looks I photograph is with the bride and her father. Dads are so special, and I can speak from my heart in saying that having private time with your daughter would mean so much to #girldads like me. Additionally, having a brother or sister be a part of that would be special as well. For Caroline’s luxury wedding at The Hillside Estate in Cross Roads, TX, she planned a really special Wedding First Look. Caroline is a twin so she wanted to have a first look with her twin brother and dad. Those relationships are dear to her and wanted to have that private moment with the men in her life.

You can also schedule some private time to have a wedding first look with your bridesmaids. Bridesmaids are not only your best friends but incredible hype girls! Nothing makes you feel more beautiful than all your loved ones ooohing and ahhing over how gorgeous you look in your wedding dress.

wedding first looks with the bride and the bridesmaids as the bride walks down the grand staircase at The Hillside Estate in Cross Roads, TX

But hey… who is to say that it has to be a human that you share a first look with? Not me! Pets can be a member of our family, so if you want to incorporated your dog into your wedding, do it!

At Abby’s luxury wedding at the Ballroom at I Street, she had a wedding first look with her dog!

bride has a wedding first look with her dog, and she is laughing has her dog sees her in her wedding dress.

The important thing to remember here is that there are no rules when it comes to you having exactly what you want at your wedding. If you want to do a first look with your kids, your goldfish, your grandmother, or your ex-boyfriend (okay, you probably shouldn’t do this), you do you! Pro tip: If you’re going to have a first look (or multiple first looks) at your wedding, hire a luxury wedding photographer experienced in handling detailed wedding timelines (like Benfield Photography)! Here’s a post on How to Find a Luxury Photographer.

Talk to you soon,

P.S. Looking for a tuxedo or suit for the groom to wear on the wedding day? Check out the Ultimate Guide to Where to Buy a Groom’s Tuxedo or Suit for the Wedding Day

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