Why First Looks with Dads are Awesome

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The “first look” is a newer wedding tradition that is becoming more and more popular with our couples because it allows for a much more flexible wedding day timeline, and maximizes the time you can spend together as a couple on your big day!  Another trend that’s on the rise is setting up a “first look” for the bride and her dad. I say it’s “on the rise” because it’s definitely something our couples are requesting more often, and something we’re suggesting to them when we prepare their timelines. With this being Father’s Day weekend, I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite photos from a few recent father/daughter “first looks,” and tell you a little bit more about why I love them SO much!!

One of the most memorable parts of your wedding day is the moment when dad finally gets to see his little girl all dressed up for the the day she’s been waiting for (and he’s possibly been dreading) for her entire life. Father/daughter relationships are so special and unique, it’s no wonder that dad just might turn into a puddle when he witnesses his baby girl all dressed in white and looking like a picture perfect bride. This once in a lifetime moment can bring tears, smiles, laughter and long lasting, unbreakable hugs that you and dad will not soon forget. It only makes sense that a moment so priceless as this should be arranged and captured!

If your timeline allows for it, I strongly suggest you build in time for a moment like this with your dad (or step-dad or even your mom!) After all, your soon-to-be husband isn’t the only one who will lose their breath the first time they see you in your wedding dress, and we want to be there to document every tear, every smile and every embrace of this beautiful moment.

Did you do a “first look” with your dad (or step-dad or both parents)?? If you did, tell us about it in the comments!!  If you’re still in the planning phase, is this something you think you’d like to do? Why or why not? We’d love to hear from you!

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  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thank you so much, Lauren!! It has been so wonderful to work with you and your family over the last several years! I’m kind of sad that it’s over, but I’m hoping I’ll hear from the girls someday when the babies start coming. ;) Much love to all!!

  • Lauren Houston SAYS...

    Thank you so much for everything! i knew the minute i first saw one of your wedding blogs (accidentally while i was searching for images of the church my oldest daughter was considering for her wedding) I knew you were right for our family. We love the emotion and beauty you capture and the art you create via photos!