Life of a Bride: Unique Takes on the Typical “First Look”

It’s been a great debate amongst brides since the alternative to age-old tradition hit the wedding scene: to do a First Look with your groom, or not. We’ve seen insanely sweet groom reactions and hugely successful couple photographs turn out in both cases. Like every element of your wedding day, we believe the decision to see each other before the ceremony is a matter of personal preference.

Today, we thought we’d share some of our As You Wish couples’ First Look photos that have kept our cheeks sore from smiling… AND some creative, alternative photo options if you’re considering opting out of a typical First Look between a bride and groom.

How precious is this blindfolded take on the “First Look?” It was so fun to watch the groom blindly reach for his bride’s hand.

Photographers helped to stage these “First Moments” around the corner of open door ways.

The sweetest! These Mothers + Fathers of the bride had unforgettable reactions upon seeing their daughter in her gown.

These brides chose to do a big reveal for all their maids- an adorable photo-op.

What will you choose to do on your wedding day?!

Photo Credits, in order of appearance: Leslie Spurlock Photography, Christographer, Sara & Rocky Photography, Jonathan Ivy Photography, Joseph Mark Photography, A Guy and A Girl Weddings, Creative Shotz Photography, Jenny Martell Photography, Allison Davis Photography, Joshua Aull Photography, The Three Photography, Sarah Kate Photography, f8 Studio, Mary Beth Tyson Photography

Parents’ Gifts: Picture Something Different

They rocked you to sleep as a newborn, taught you how to ride your first bike and cheered when you walked across the stage at graduation. Now they’ll watch with pride as you exchange vows on one of the most important days of your life. Your parents love you so much. But let’s face it – they already know what you look like.

Parents’ gifts present a unique challenge for brides and grooms-to-be. While many creative options are available when it comes to showing them how you feel, the choices can be overwhelming. Often, a couple just sticks with what’s standard and safe. A framed photograph, for example, while classic and always appreciated, just doesn’t make a statement as far as we’re concerned. How about giving your folks a really special gift – something romantic, personal or downright grand?

To help you get started, we’ve created a list of our top choices for parents’ gifts. Any of these selections will surely be a hit…and you can always give them that picture next Christmas!

1. For something simple and meaningful, present a copy of The Giving Tree. This classic children’s book by beloved author Shel Silverstein makes for a heartfelt gift. Add a signed and dated inscription.

2. A cooking class would be deliciously unexpected. Check schedules at Market StreetCentral Market and the Milestone Culinary Arts Center. Give a gift certificate along with two matching monogrammed aprons.

3. Toast your parents with a vintage bottle of wine from the year they were married. Check with your favorite wine shop for recommendations and include a pair of beautiful crystal glasses.

4. How about a stylish stay-cation? Book a weekend for two at a hotel in town to give them a getaway without all the fuss. Splurge on a whirlpool suite or add in a couple of spa treatments – they’re worth it!

5. Finally, if you want to pull out all the stops, why not book a cruise to a warm, tropical destination? Cruises are great gifts! They are all-inclusive and effortlessly enjoyable. Explore your options on the CarnivalRoyal Caribbean or Princess websites.

 As you can see, the world is your oyster when it comes to giving your parents a unique gift they’ll truly treasure!

Pictures by: Onerichenvironment.com, paris-cooking-class.com, joseandmayra.com

Parents’ Gifts: Picture Something Different

They rocked you to sleep as a newborn, taught you how to ride your first bike and cheered when you walked across the stage at graduation. Now they’ll watch with pride as you exchange vows on one of the most important days of your life. Your parents love you so much. But let’s face it – they already know what you look like.

Parents’ gifts present a unique challenge for brides and grooms-to-be. While many creative options are available when it comes to showing them how you feel, the choices can be overwhelming. Often, a couple just sticks with what’s standard and safe. A framed photograph, for example, while classic and always appreciated, just doesn’t make a statement as far as I’m concerned. How about giving your folks a really special gift – something romantic or personal or downright grand?

To help you get started, I’ve created a list of my top choices for parents’ gifts. Any of these selections will surely be a hit…and you can always give them that picture next Christmas!


1. For something simple and meaningful, present a copy of The Giving Tree. This classic children’s book by beloved author Shel Silverstein makes for a heartfelt gift. Add a signed and dated inscription.

2. A cooking class would be deliciously unexpected. Check schedules at Market Street, Central Market and the Milestone Culinary Arts Center. Give a gift certificate along with two matching monogrammed aprons.

3. Toast your parents with a vintage bottle of wine from the year they were married. Check with your favorite wine shop for recommendations and include a pair of beautiful crystal glasses.

4. How about a stylish stay-cation? Book a weekend for two at a hotel in town to give them a getaway without all the fuss. Splurge on a whirlpool suite or add in a couple of spa treatments – they’re worth it!

5. Finally, if you want to pull out all the stops, why not book a cruise to a warm, tropical destination? Cruises are great gifts – all-inclusive and effortlessly enjoyable. Explore your options on the Carnival, Royal Caribbean or Princess websites.

As you can see, the world is your oyster when it comes to giving your parents a unique gift they’ll truly treasure!

Shari