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To first look, or not to first look?

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris September 6, 2013 11:35 AM

I am a proud member of Team First Look and I recommend that every couple consider doing one on their wedding day.

What's a first look, anyway? Well, it goes a little something like this -- the moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the ceremony, usually in a private setting, and a photographer captures it. The first look is a perfect opportunity to slip away from the hustle and bustle of your wedding day and share an intimate moment together. It's also a great way to manage your wedding day schedule. Getting these photos done before the ceremony allows you more time to spend with your guests during the cocktail hour and reception. A wedding photographer would also agree that a first look session gives them a chance to get creative and make the most out of the day's natural light.


The 'old school' couples may disagree with me on this one. Some are just not interested in breaking tradition. Others believe the first look moment should happen when the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle. That's cute too, I guess, but wedding trends are moving more and more away from tradition by the minute. Today's modern couples are doing their own thing.

For us, we just want our wedding photographs to be the! So, first look it is!

Readers, what do you think? Team 'first look'? Or team 'I'll catch up with you at the ceremony'?

Trend to Try: Eyelash extensions for your wedding day look

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris March 11, 2013 12:15 PM

At the recommendation of a friend, I recently had my first eyelash extension appointment to test them out for a potential wedding day look. I'm IN LOVE with them. My eyelashes look so natural, they feel incredibly lightweight, and I'm now a believer that every blushing bride should give major lash action on her wedding day.


Photo Credit: Erik Umphrey

Before you book an appointment to try your own set of lash extenders, consider these tips.

Go to an expert. Do your homework and schedule a consultation with a licensed esthetician. I'll even let you borrow my amazing lash artist. Ask for Chanell at Pigmenta (218 Newbury Street). She's a master at applying full lush lashes. The cost for eyelash extensions is between $120 - $200.

Keep water from your face for the first 24 hours. In other words, don't schedule a hot yoga session right after you get your lashes done. With proper maintenance, eyelash extensions can last up to 30 days.

Make sure your lashes match your 'style'. Maybe you're not going for the Jersey Shore Snooki look for your big day. All lashes don't have to be over-the-top and super dramatic. Work with your lash artist to find a length and thickness that's just right for you.

No mascara needed. If you must, use non-waterproof mascara. Mascara tends to shorten the life of your extensions. Be gentle when applying mascara, too. Try not to pull or tug at the lashes.

It's your wedding day. Flutter and bat your eyes to your heart's content!

Expertly engaged tip - If you're a bride on a budget, check out the makeup aisle at your local CVS or Walgreens for a pair of DIY eyelash strips.

Are you wearing eyelash extensions for your wedding day?

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