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The First Look: Trend vs. Tradition


  1. Lauren Tele Kendall says:

    This was so so sweet! I never thought about a Daddy-Daughter first look and I definitely want to do that and also one with my grandfather if I have time. My fiance has stated multiple times that he wans to wait until I come down the aisle so I am okay with that, but a blind-folded look would be nice to help me calm my nerves. Thanks Terri! you are awesome!!!!

  2. Naomi says:

    Such a great post! Love all the different perspectives AND the photos of course… 🙂

  3. Monique Jones says:

    Prior to reading this post, I was TOTALLY againist a first look. My reasoning like most brides-to-be is that is I wanted to see the initial reaction of my soon-to-be husband seeing me first walking down the aisle. After reading this post, I still feel the same, but I now see the benefits and would be open to alternatives. I like the option of a first look for the father-daughter, and believe this is something I would possiibly want to do. I would consider doing a first look with my groom-to-be if perhaps we didn’t see each. Options would be use having our backs face each other, or blindfolded and praying prior to the wedding. However, if in event that it were to rain (I pray this doesn’t happen as we are having an outdoor weedding) I may really reconsider the first look, and us actually looking at each other (LOL) as an option with the photographer.

  4. Brittney S. Carter says:

    Yes! Yes! And TRIPLE YES! My fiance and I at first was like oh NO! I want the first time to see you coming down the alter, but after reading this and talking to our wedding planneer, we agreed that this moment seems so special, intimate and needed so we are going with a First-Look! I can’t wait to see his reaction of being the FIRST to see his Bride before the big crowd. Thank you Terri for this helpful and inspiring post!!! <3

  5. Shanice Christopher says:

    My fiancé and I agreed right away that we want to do a First Look (yay!). We want to carve out a small portion of our day where we can just be in our own bubble and cherish the moment right before the ceremony. My recently married friends talk about how the day is often a “blur” or a “whirlwind”. So, we look forward to having that dedicated,private moment to lavish in our love! Also, I love all the perspectives and options represented in this post. It just proves that each wedding is unique to the couple. Looking forward to another great post tomorrow!

  6. Jaclyn says:

    Great post Terri! I love that you guys are doing this series, it’s SO beneficial for brides!

  7. Auriel Ryane says:

    I am so appreciative of the Brides who you included! I will be sending this along to my fiancé to hear his thoughts, because I was initially against a first look. But I like that it can make our growing wedding more intimate. Although, I’m concerned our venue doesn’t have many secluded areas (with natural light…learned that one yesterday ) to sneak away for a first look and do formal portraits. Any suggestions? I also LOVED your suggestions for alternatives to a full blown First Look (thank you)!

  8. JaLisa Frasier says:

    Very interesting and it gives me something to think about. I’m so happy to be a part of the series. Helpful. Thank you!

  9. D.D. Ferguson says:

    I am traditional, so as the Mother of the bride, I would wait until the ceremony . However, my daughter and her fiancé are the ones to make the decision. I do love that it gives extra time and photos of the bride and groom. Also, it would save time to get to the reception on time. Either way they decide is fine by me. I’m just so thankful to be here to help her. These blogs are very helpful! Thanks so much and I pray you will have a blessed day tomorrow!

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  11. Ashlee Cherry says:

    Wowwwwwwww! Now you have me thinking. My fiancé wants to do a first look but like stated above I want to see his reaction as I am walking down the aisle. Now, I have a lot to think about because I understand the first look better thanks to this blog. I’ve been showing my fiancé these blogs and we talk about them. I know he is going to love to discuss this one haha. Thanks ladies! Will we have a first look????? I will be asking myself this all day now.

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  13. Jennifer Terry says:

    Hmmm you have me rethinking my stance on first looks. I’m still not sure I’ll be doing a full first look but I definitely love the idea of the first touch. And I love the Daddy-Daughter first look, we’ve got to do that!

  14. Danielle Shipp says:

    I LOVE the idea of the father-daughter first look. Unfortunately, my father passed away so I will have to find other ways to celebrate him throughout the day.

    I like the bride and groom first look for logistical purposes with the timeline and to give the bride and groom a quiet moment before the whirlwind of a day begins. However, I think I want his first look to be when I come down the aisle everything else will work out it has centuries

  15. Krystyn IsBlessed says:

    Thank you for the testimonials! This really gives me do thing to think about. First look or no first look? Really considering it!

  16. Brittney S. Carter says:

    Up still re-reading you all’s posts and adding to my planner! Lol Told my 3 Bride 2 Be friends about this helpful series! You ladies rock!

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