Is a “First Look” Right For Your Wedding?

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First looks are such a controversial subject. They fly in the face of tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each prior to the bride appearing at the end of the aisle moments before her walk to the altar. While tradition may favor the absence of contact until dad gives the bride to her groom, I believe that the first look is an experience that no couple should miss.

Why not have the first time the two of you see each other be a perfectly choreographed private moment? Imagine waiting for your groom with no one else around, then at just the right moment, you turn to see his face when he gets his first glimpse of you in your gown.

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Smart Start with Susan Southerland: 4 Ways to Avoid Wedding Day Regret

You want your wedding day to be absolutely perfect, right? Of course you do! Despite that, things outside of your control might happen, and it’s important not to let those things ruin your day. If you plan everything exactly as you want it, you’ll have no cause for regret after the honeymoon is over.

I thought it might be helpful to share some experiences from brides who made choices in their planning that they later regretted. Consider these “cautionary tales” as you make your own wedding plans. Hopefully you can avoid their mistakes!

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Romantic Coastal Carolina Wedding


If the name of Lauren and Matthew’s wedding venue, Butterfly Kisses, tells you anything, then you know their big day was filled with romance. Located in beautiful coastal Newport, North Carolina, these two lovebirds served a heaping helping of rustic charm with their DIY-worthy wedding decor. See more below, captured by photographer Rachel Smith.

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