Our Favorite First Look Moments

favorite first look moments

First Looks are such a fun (and often emotional!) moment on the wedding day, and usually become one of the most memorable recollections of the entire wedding experience for couples. With so much sweet anticipation – and, of course, lots of cute candid captures by your photographer – you’ll want to look your best, so today we’re sharing our favorite smile-filled First Look moments + sharing how you can get the perfect, bright smile for your day with Philips Zoom!

The reason we love Philips Zoom so much is because all of its whitening options are professional, meaning brides (and grooms!) can be assured they’re brightening their smiles using only the most safe and effective treatments. And there’s an option for everyone: You can get a Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed treatment in one 45-minute appointment at the dentist (it can whiten teeth up to eight shades!), or get Philips Zoom Take-Home trays from a dentist for at-home application. You can even add a Philips Zoom QuickPro treatment (which can whiten teeth up to four shades in just a few minutes!) onto a regular dental check-up :) Let’s take a look at our fave First Look moments, which inspired our search for a brighter, more beautiful smile, below…

{top photo by Lauren Fair Photography as seen in this Colorful Fiesta-inspired Wedding

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photos by Logan Cole Photography from this Laid-Back French Chateau Wedding.

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photos by Benj Haisch from this Pop Up Washington Campsite Wedding.

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photos by Love is a Big Deal from this Romantic California Barn Wedding.

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photos by Teale Photography from this DIY Nashville Wedding with Aussie Flair.

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photos by Caroline Frost Photography from this Midsummer Nights Dream-Inspired Wedding.

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photos by Benj Haisch from this Stylish Washington Loft Wedding.

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photos by Love Is a Big Deal from this Nature-Inspired Austin Ranch Wedding.

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photo by Alixann Photography from this Rustic Bohemian Wedding in the Redwood Forest.

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photos by Studio Castillero from this Intimate Ensenada, Mexico Camp Wedding.

Weren’t those all so sweet?! We love how each couple has their own, individual ways of interacting, making each First Look moment so sweetly unique!

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Here’s to sweet smiles + fun first looks!

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Handmade Alaskan State Park Wedding: Grace + Alex

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

We’re pretty in love with today’s incredible wedding, held at Hatcher Pass State Park in Alaska + captured beautifully by the amazing Benj Haisch. We don’t get the chance to share too many Alaska weddings on GWS, and today’s is so uniquely beautiful we think you’ll be inspired by all the handmade details Grace + Alex included in their day! Below they tell us more about how they brought their ideas to life + incorporated their personalities into the setting:

We were inspired by the Earth, by music, by art, by God, by golden relationships. We wanted our wedding to look like our living room (our friends sharing their songs, weird mismatched placemats, coffee & birds everywhere, all of our favorite things in one place). Our relationship was fully formed on making & sharing music together & the music was key to our day.

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

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first look

Grace wore a thrifted vintage dress, embellished by Shirley Novak + Maggie Morock. She carried a bouquet made by Alex’s mother, Khrista and wore a gorgeous, whimsical crown by Theresa Bear.

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Our wedding party was full of painters & songwriters, & during the reception we enjoyed what everyone had to offer, including a song that a dear friend had written specifically for us on our wedding day(so much crying)! The day was completely homemade by loving hands of dear friends. Painted banners & birds, Joann’s flower crowns, handsewn wool mountains lining the bottom of my dress. I was a forest queen & he was a rare tree. Everything about our day blew my mind, it was full of magic & love.

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Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

LOVE these stunning shots of Grace + Alex!!

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Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

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Alex’s groomsmen wore fun patches by Scout & Whistle.

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Processional: These Days – Nico (performed by Seth Boyer)

Recessional: Rubylove – Cat Stevens (performed by Seth Boyer)

First Dance: I Was Always Afraid – Thomas Cornelius

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Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

During the time of worship, we were able to just close our eyes, pause, & be fully enveloped in the truth: that what we have together is a gift, that we were blessed beyond belief, that God was truly with us, that we were standing on a mountaintop with the wind destroying our good looks, surrounded by absolute love in every direction, & that we were getting married. I didn't expect to have a moment of such true peace during our ceremony (we were so nervous!) but I feel lucky that I got it.

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Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

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The woodland-camp vibe styled throughout the reception – held at First Presbyterian Church of Wasilla – was just so good. Shop our guide below to incorporate a similar look into your day!

Eclectic Alaska Wedding

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Eclectic Alaska Wedding

True DIY is only possible with the assistance of very fun, very long craft parties with very nice people.

photography: Benj Haisch // venue: Hatcher Pass State Park & First Presbyterian Church of Wasilla, Alaska // event design + planning: bride // florals: Khrista Huntley (grooms mother) // wedding dress: Thrifted/vintage. Beautiful additions made by Shirley Novak & Maggie Morock // hairpieces: Theresa Bear // shoes: Modcloth // bridesmaid dresses: Vintage + Forever21 // hair + makeup: bridesmaids // groom’s suit: Vintage // groomsmen patches: Scout & Whistle // paper goods: Rainy Hastings // catering: Presbyterian Men’s Group // cake: Ashlee Lewis of Sweet Sensations Cakery // officiant: Daulton Morock of Church on the Rock // ceremony music: Seth Boyer // reception music: Thomas Cornelius, Gerygone & Twig, CW Twohy, & many others

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Bohemian Wedding Inspiration at Holman Ranch

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Today’s styled shoot – a vignette from Reach the Workshop hosted by photographer, Carlie Statsky + Allison from Engaged & Inspired – provides the prettiest inspiration for those of you planning a summer wedding! The hilltop above the venue, Holman Ranch in Carmel, California, was the perfect place to stage a  bohemian ceremony site with a vista view. We are in love with that rad triangle ceremony structure – intricate enough to provide visual interest, but minimal enough to not obstruct the picture-perfect 360º view.

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Carlie + Allison teamed up with Beijos Events for styling, Christine Cater for florals + Meghann Miniello for paper goods. Together, they created a scene filled with vibrant color, bohemian charm + romantic solitude.

Sarah Seven Dress

Sarah Seven Dress

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We’re not so sure we’ve ever loved a bouquet more! And it pairs so beautifully with that gorgeous two piece Sarah Seven dress!

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

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The wooden arch by Statsky Design, made even better with an ombre floral installment by Christine Cater, just couldn’t be more beautiful. And we love how it acts as a modern contrast to the valley’s scenic, rolling hills.

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

We adore the dreamy hair, makeup + bridal styling by The Glamourist. So pretty!

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Christine Cater shares, We are lovers of a good view, so our design had to be clean. The flowers on the lace overlaid sweet heart table were designed high and spilling out to draw the eye to our rose mandala. We used Anthropologie’s vessels, banksia, cactus leaves + anthuriums…and lots and lots of roses.

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

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Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

And the Beijos Events team adds, Along side 3-tiered white plate arrangement and gold and white flatware,blush and copper foiled name cards by Meghann Miniello were added to the table to give a pop of color. We wanted the focus to be on the gorgeous couple and the love that beamed from them and of course that breathtaking view behind them. Flowers were cascaded down the lace tablecloth and onto the ground to create that perfect pop of romance and brightness we were aiming for.

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Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

Boho Ranch Inspiration

So incredibly gorgeous, right?! Big thanks to the amazing team below for sharing!

photography + Host: Carlie Statsky // workshop: Reach the Workshop // planning + host: Engaged & Inspired // design + florals: Christine Cater // design + styling: Beijos Events // paper goods: Meghann Miniello // dress: Sarah Seven // tux: The Black Tux // hair, makeup + styling: The Glamourist // jewelry: Fourtane Jewelers // tabletop: Borrowed Blu // wood arch: Statsky Design // location: Holman Ranch Carmel, California

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