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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: INCLUDING DAD IN THE FIRST PART OF THE DAY First Look with Bride + Dad

I’m so excited to pick my Wedding Wednesday series up again in 2022, starting with one of my favorite moments from wedding days (and moments that make me dream of my own daughter’s wedding even more!)–a first look with the bride and her dad!

First looks with the bride and groom are obviously very popular, but it’s not as common to photograph the bride’s dad seeing her in her wedding gown for the first time on her wedding day.

If you’re a bride and you’re not sure if you want a “first look” with your dad, here are a few of my thoughts:

  • Don’t be overwhelmed thinking there’s yet another set of photos you’ll need to have taken or staged on your wedding day.  A first look with the bride and dad can be very quick and low key! I recommend setting aside a quick five minutes in your wedding schedule after you’re all ready for the big day!
  • If you’re a daddy’s girl…definitely have a first look with dad! After shooting weddings for 10 years and over 115 weddings photographed, I truly believe that almost every dad (in some capacity) has an inner George Banks in them (Father of the Bride will always have a special place in my wedding-photographer-heart!). Okay….while your dad probably isn’t quite to the George Banks level, a quick first look with dad will give you photos you’ll cherish forever–photos of dad’s big smile, a sentimental hug, and maybe even shedding a few tears.
  • Dads generally don’t have much of a role during the first half of the wedding day while the bride, mom, and bridesmaids are getting ready for the day.  Scheduling a little amount of time to have dad come to the getting ready location after all the hair, makeup, and getting dressed is done can be a really special and simple way to involve him during the first half of the day.

If you’re still not sure about a first look with your dad, take a look at some of my all-time favorite images from these first looks over the years!

I cannot be the only one who adores these moments!! I know it isn’t for every bride, but carving out special moments like this with those most important to you (it could also be with a brother, bff, or even grandparent!) is SO WORTH IT, every time!!

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I'm Jill, a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Chicago and Central Illinois, and available world wide! I'm also a photography educator, wife to my favorite person on the planet, mama to 3 amazing kids and an energetic Aussie, and obsessed with statement jewelry and all desserts (especially fruit pies!). 

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