Father Daughter First Look
All photos are thanks to the absolutely extraordinary Amilia of Amilia Photography.
I should have remembered when I asked for a father-daughter first look that my dad and I are very awkward people. We don’t like to be photographed, we don’t consider ourselves to be especially photogenic, and we absolutely HATE displaying any type of strong emotion in front of people. I do think father-daughter first looks make for sweet pictures, and I also wanted to come up with a way to make my dad feel special. I’m the only girl, and I knew my dad and I would both be secretly super emotional about my wedding day. If y’all haven’t guessed by now, I’m definitely a daddy’s girl, and I’m so glad he was a good sport about these pictures. Even though we are the kind of people that will laugh nervously at each other when we’re the center of attention and then do something goofy to ease the nervous tension, I think Amilia did a wonderful job of capturing our antics, and our special camaraderie.
After spending the morning getting ready, I hopped into the car to be driven from the bridal suite and reception building down to the old quarry site, where Blue Dad was patiently waiting for me.
Doesn’t Blue Dad look dapper in his gray tux?
Blue Dad thinks, “why do I agree to this stuff?”
“Oh, right, because this rotten child has had me wrapped around her finger since her birth.”
I managed to keep the whole wedding day look a huge secret from my dad while I was dress shopping, veil shopping, and putting together my accessories. As a daughter who frequently dragged her dad shopping, it was a difficult secret to keep, so I was so glad that he loved everything!
I also used our father-daughter look as an opportunity to give my dad his gift. As I’ve established, we’re not really sappy people. We picked “Soulshine” by the Allman Brothers Band for our father-daughter dance. My dad is a huge fan of the Allman Brothers, and when I was going to college in Georgia, I lived right down the street from the house where they wrote and recorded a lot of what Blue Dad considers their best work. I decided to go with the album that has our song on it on vinyl for Dad, and he seemed pretty pumped about it…and maybe a little relived that I didn’t go for something too sentimental.
Next, we attempt some fancy moves, and decide they are not for us.
Blue Dad calls this my “derp-derp face.” Which, to answer your question, does indicate that this is a facial expression I make often. Like I said, #awkward.
But all-in-all, I’m so glad I decided on this father-daughter first look for my dad. These photos are priceless, and I think it was good to have a special moment with him before the chaos began.
And by chaos, I mean buckle your seat belts, because you’re about to come on a veil-ripping, forest-hiking, 98-degrees-Fahrenheit, 100-percent-humidity adventure with me through the Tennessee countryside. In a 15 pound dress, corset, and heels.
Did you miss a post?
- My girls and I indulge in some R&R.
- We have a fancy bridesmaids’ luncheon.
- We rehearse, eat, and forget to take pictures.
- I get ready with my girls.