A Moment for Dad | {Fathers should have First Looks too}

Today we're going to take a moment to talk about Dad. It's a part of the wedding day that can so easily be overlooked but is one that can be most memorable. My first couple of years I'd have the "First Look" discussion with couples before their wedding days. Fast forward a year or two and I realized that some of my favorite pictures of stories looking back were the wedding that we'd be nearby with a camera and the father of the bride would come visit before the formal portraits began. Many times he hasn't seen her dress or her bridal "look" and can you think of anyone on the wedding day that is more proud of the bride than her father?

So this past year I made it a point to mention doing a "first look" for dad. For without making it a priority and a part of the wedding day what I realized was he'd see her in passing on his way from one place to another. He may or may not become choked up with emotion but regardless of what he thought or felt many times there were no witnesses, no one saw his first reaction and most importantly his daughter- the bride- missed out seeing her fathers look of awe and admiration on her wedding day.

I only give direction to where these moments take place and then take a step back and let the "reveal" unfold. These moments choke me up every time.

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Many times they are done in private and it's just daddy and his girl.

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Where others prefer to have their loved ones close by.

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Moments like this that would have been otherwise overlooked and missed... capturing these moments is something that's absolutely priceless.Ivy_hall_wedding_pictures_outdoor_wedding_0023 Ivy_hall_wedding_pictures_outdoor_wedding_0025

I did a little searching online for quotes about fathers and found this and when reading the last line realized it was a perfect fit.

a father is someone that holds your hand at the fair makes sure you do what your mother says holds back your hair when your are sick brushes that hair when it is tangled because mother is too busy lets you eat ice cream for breakfast  but only when mother is away he walks you down the aisle and tells you everything is gonna be ok
- Unknown