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BAB Throwback: To See Or Not To See … That Is The Question

Yes, I know. The first look has been a Thing for a few years now, and granted this post was originally published Nov. 12, 2010. However, the debate is still real, y’all.

BAB Throwback to see or not to see that is the question

From the moment you put on THE dress, you’ve been anticipating the look on his face when he sees you at the end of the aisle. You’re going to look so beautiful, and he’s going to be so proud, and happy, and excited to see you. You two are going to be grinning at each other so much you can hardly hear the minister pronounce you married.

It’s tradition, and it’s the way that most brides think that they’re going to see their grooms for the first time. But more and more, I’m watching couples decide to go with another alternative — The First Look.

Here’s how it works: Your photographer usually begins about three hours before the ceremony, starting with shots of you putting on THE dress, make-up, hair … all the “getting ready” stuff. While you’re doing that, your photographer’s second shooter is over with the guys, taking their pictures, and then about an hour or so into it, everyone meets in the middle for pictures of the wedding party and family. And that’s when you see each other for the first time.

Most photographers make it into a special event, at a secluded place where it’s just the two of you. And once they get that special shot of him seeing you for the first time and you two smiling at each other like whoa, you can hang out together and talk, and get to spend some time alone. Even if it’s for 10 or 15 minutes, that’s going to be hard to come by for the rest of the day, trust me. Then you finish photos with the rest of the gang.

Real Wedding: Summer & Peter's Family-Friendly Destination Tahoe Beach Wedding

From Summer & Peter’s Real Wedding. Credit: Lauren Lindley Photography

Practically speaking? It’s a real time saver. Most of your pictures are done before the wedding, which means you can join your guests for the cocktail hour and enjoy those appetizers you’re paying $X per person for. There’s less family wrangling because it’s a little easier to tell everyone to show up early at an appointed place and time rather than try and track them down after the ceremony. If you’re a blubberer and worry about crying your way down the aisle so much that you worry your guests, the first look might be for you. And since you can make that moment between the two of  you special, these are the reasons why brides of mine have done it.

Emotionally speaking? Well … that’s up to you. Not all of my brides want to do a First Look, because that moment walking down the aisle is just too important and vivid for them. I have one bride that won’t talk about the color of her dress in front of her fiance — that’s how excited she is about him seeing her from the end of the aisle. And I’m grinning as I write that, because that love and anticipation is really what that first moment is all about, no matter where and when you choose to do it. Which is just cool, you know?

And if you do want to wait, of course, it’s fine. You make it work like everyone’s always made it work — separate wedding party pics before the ceremony, and then use the cocktail hour for family pics after the ceremony. Have your wedding planner or a friend bring you a sample of cocktails and apps during the photos, and then join your guests at the reception. Like with most wedding things, (and in life, actually), whatever it is that you mind is what matters. I’m not “Team See” or “Team Not See,” I’m team YOU. Either way, I’m probably going to tear up when it happens. Like always.

So, which team are you? When is your intended going to first see you on your wedding day?

See you at the end of the aisle,


Photographer Central Takes the Hassle Out of Finding Your Shutterbug

So you’re planning a wedding.

Duh. You’re here.

It’s a little overwhelming sometimes, isn’t it? Chances are, this is your first merry-go-round and you’re kinda sorta just learning as you’re going. And man, that can be tough. You probably had to wade through one of those big ol’ websites that have ALL the information, and then you probably narrowed down your specifications by budget, aesthetics, ideas … and somewhere in all that Google-fu, you landed on The Broke-Ass Bride. Yay! So you’re getting some awesome tips on how to have a badass wedding on a broke-ass budget. I’m here for you.

So here for you, in fact, that I’ve got another tip for you: If you haven’t found your photographer yet, get thee over to Photographer Central. The super pretty, super new website is a registration-free (yay! No random emails! No extra password to remember!) database of shutterbugs, searchable by style (portrait, plants, kids, weddings, etc.) and location, then can be further narrowed down by style, price, distance and then some.

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Guys, seriously? This is great. If you tried to run these kinds of criteria through a search engine, you’d have to wade through a holy mass of websites to maybe find what you want.

By the way, when I said “registration-free” I really meant ALL THE WAY free. Like, FREE-99, yo. It costs you exactly zero, zip, zilch to use this site and find the photog who will be snapping away on your wedding day. And you don’t have to click all over the place to try to find relevant photos that show off their styles — because rather than itty bitty thumbnails, Photographer Central‘s interface displays the sample images front ‘n’ center. BOOM.

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You can save your favorites for later reference, suss out minimum coverage prices and get other key information, including contact deets, and compare all the pertinents. Ya dig?

Wedding planning doesn’t have to cost a ton of money or be uber complicated. Photographer Central knows this. Check ‘em out, and keep up on Facebook and Twitter.


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Hey newlyweds! Congratulations! Your wedding is finished, you survived the big day and now you’re ogling all your gorgeous photos and reveling in the memories of your fantastic party, full of heartfelt moments and sweet shenanigans. But what are you going to do with all those gorgeous moments caught on camera? And as for all you soon-to-be-weds, how would you like a sweet-ass deal on a fabulous keepsake that does double duty as home decor?

BAB homie Canvas on Demand is offering a killer hookup so you can display your sweetest memories all over your abode. Score a whopping 65% off high-quality canvases. A 16″ x 20″ Gallery Wrapped canvas can be yours for just $45 with free shipping. I tell no lies when I say this is the lowest price on the internet for beautiful photo-printed canvas of this size. The research has been done – this right here is the good stuff! And I’ll tell you what. I have a canvas print of this size hanging the entryway of our house, and it makes me happy every time I see it!

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Head on over to Canvas on Demand and enter the code FTSGEK9S7UWRE5K to snag this amazing deal and get those beautiful moments from your big day on display in a beautiful way. Or just print whatever photos make you happy! Or give a gift! The holidays ARE right around the corner… *cough*

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{Real Bride: Carrie} We Did It!

Photo Credit: Melissa Gebauer

Editor’s note: Our little Carrie is MARRIED, y’all! She just returned from her honeymoon, and we’re giving her a little time to bask in newlywed-dom, but she wanted to pop in and share the good news with our fabulous readers! Join us in wishing her a hearty congrats!

Greetings from married life, BABs!  I want to wait for our professional photos to come back before I write official recap posts, but I had to pop in to say that WE DID IT!  Our wedding was a whirlwind of stress, hard work, last minute details, laughter, reunions, love, and joy.  It was completely homespun, perfectly imperfect, and we loved it.  To everyone going through planning conundrums, DIY frustration, and other wedding-related headaches, it is SO, SO WORTH IT IN THE END!

I promise you’ll hear more from me once I have some pro photos to back up the story!  Hopefully any day now!

{Real Bride: Carrie} All The Pretty Pictures…(Or, Why I Opted To Hire A Pro Wedding Photographer)

Editor’s Note: Today, Carrie is dishing about the wedding photographer that made her change her mind about hiring a pro. I just wanted to take this opportunity to shout this from the rooftops – a professional wedding photographer is ALWAYS worth the splurge. (You’ll notice I said a “professional” wedding photographer. While hiring a newbie or handing the task over your cousin Buzz might save you a buttload of money, we can’t pretend there aren’t risks involved.)

At first we weren’t going to have a photographer.  We were convinced we couldn’t afford one and didn’t need one.  Some of our friends have dSLRs and we were hoping they would help us out. DIY photography all the way!

But then I got sucked into the world of wedding blogs and Pinterest.  I started feeling jealous of these couples I didn’t even know for their gorgeous photos!  My BFF strongly advised me that I would definitely regret not having a photographer.  I started feeling bad about the idea of asking our friends to don cameras on our big day.  Thus I secretly started looking around the web, “just to see what’s out there.”  “You don’t need a photographer!” the logical, thrifty side of my brain told me.  “But maybe, just maybe, if you could find one that’s not too expensive…” the other side whispered.

And that’s when I stumbled upon Bright Fizz Photo, based in Phoenix, Arizona.  “Wow,” I thought, as I perused the website, “These photos are so fun and quirky!”

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Although I am normally annoyed when websites start blasting music at me, I actually really liked the songs playing in the background on Bright Fizz’s site.  More points for good taste in music!

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Plus, Zach and I totally agree with their philosophy!  “Our style of photography is not traditional. We like the candid, silly moments that every couple has to offer. We do not like the standard poses with two people smiling at the camera. We create images that really show the style and connection of two people in love. Our style is happy with a little bit of funk.”

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“So who is behind these awesome photos,” I wondered, “…and how can we possibly afford them?”  I sent an email to Rachel, the wonder-woman behind Bright Fizz.  It turns out that she and her husband Nick run the business and they both seem super awesome-sauce.  And, amazingly enough, they are AFFORDABLE!  (Basic wedding packages start at only $1500!)

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I pretty much knew I NEEDED Rachel to photograph our wedding as soon as we talked.  So I turned to my parents and asked them if they’d be willing to gift us our wedding photography and they said yes!  I guess it’s kind of breaking the rule of paying for everything ourselves, but since Zach’s parents are providing our venue, my parents also really wanted to contribute something tangible.  This will make everyone happy!

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We haven’t met Rachel in person yet, but we will definitely be doing that before the wedding.  For now though, her awesome photos and the personality that shines through her emails are enough to convince me she’s going to do a great job!  Wedding photo win!

Did anyone else decide they had to have a photographer after initially not wanting one?

{Win This} Show Off Your Wedding With A Digital Album From Star Wedding Albums!

…and now you have an excuse to buy an iPad.

The big day has come and gone, and now you have a number of beautiful photographs just sitting on your hard drive or a cd…what to do with them? Why not go digital with a tablet photo album from Star Wedding Albums?

Star Wedding Albums takes the photos you provide and turns them into a beautiful digital album, the files of which you can have printed at the printer of your choice or you can view on any digital device! Now you don’t have to worry about wear and tear on the precious sole copy of your physical album–you can show the photos to your friends, family…anyone, anywhere you can take your tablet!

But digital albums aren’t all Star Wedding Albums creates – they also sell sumptuous wedding albums with thick archival cardstock backed pages that ensure a lifetime of beauty and durability, with options like leather and metal covers and panoramic photo spreads! PLUS, if you have a picture you absolutely love – except for an unfortunate photobomb – Star Wedding Albums offers digital photo retouching services at a reasonable fee to take your photo from “yow” to “wow”!

The custom albums offered by Star Wedding Albums are created by a professional graphic artist, and you get unlimited design changes to ensure your wedding album is just as beautiful, personal, and special as your wedding itself. With your purchased album, you’ll also receive five creatively edited photos and a $50 credit to use toward any retouching package! Have your photos displayed the way you want them, thanks to Star Wedding Albums!

This week, one lucky BAB will win a digital album from Star Wedding Albums!

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{Partner Love} Wedding Republic and Blurb Want You To Win A Lil’ Somethin’ Somethin’, wedding republic, giveaway, wedding registry, wedding photosWe just introduced you to our new sponsor, Wedding Republic, a couple of weeks ago. Now they’re back and they’ve teamed up with Blurb to bring you a ballin’ giveaway. One slammin’ couple is going to be lucky enough to score a free wedding photo book when they submit their favorite engagement photo. HUZZAH!

What’s at stake, you ask? Well BABs, Blurb is throwing one wedding photo book valued at $100 your way, (to be redeemed through the website with a promotional code provided to the winner) as well as 1 ultra online photo and print package from Snapable valued at $400!

You’ve got ’til August 29, kidlets. Get some! The contest is open to engaged or married couples in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). Must be over 18 years of age. To enter to win, check out the full rules on Wedding Republic, then visit Wedding Republic’s Facebook page and submit your photo by clicking here!

{Partner Intro} The Perfect Card Box Is THE Ultimate Keepsake For Your Wedding Photos!

You might’ve noticed that matting and framing your photos isn’t cheap – and it’s definitely not always within a broke-ass budget. If you ponied up the cash for snazzy engagement photos, and you need a simple yet elegant way to display them at your wedding, or forever after, check out The Perfect Card Box!

Your favorite photos can double as fabulous wedding centerpieces or bridal shower decor! Use this rotating keepsake to display your favorite couple photos, wedding photos, or antique family photos at any event! Your guests can deposit cards, well wishes, or special messages inside. Plus, The Perfect Card Box can be easily locked to protect your valuables, so no wedding gifts go wandering off during your reception.

After your big day, The Perfect Card Box can be used to showcase your best wedding photos – and preserve a special wedding memento, like your wedding cake topper, or cake serving set. They also make exceptional gifts for all the special people involved in your wedding. If you purchase several and use them as table decor, you can gift them to your b-maids, parents, or any loved one who has been essential to your big day. The Perfect Card Box can be completely personalized – have it engraved with your name and wedding date!

Right now, you can snag an additional savings of 20% off on select card boxes, AND 25% off of engraving services during the month of January! Don’t fuss with elaborate and pricey framing jobs – just choose The Perfect Card Box, an affordable, attractive, and engaging way to display and preserve your cherished memories.


“I Can’t See The Ring!” Our Engagement Story

Full disclosure: I was that girl. You know, that girl whom, after a number of years of dating/cohabitating, becomes a dreadful nag about engagement. To be clear: I wasn’t the girl who cared about what “people” would think if we didn’t, or about Holy Ceremony, or even about the diamond. I was the girl who wanted to throw a terrific party to celebrate her overflowing love for the boy. But, I was a terrible nag… I admit.

A month or two before our 5 year anniversary, Hunter gently informed me that he would not be proposing on our anniversary, because he wanted me to enjoy it without expectation or disappointment. It was fair of him, and I was glad to have the pressure taken off. We decided to each take a weekend and plan something special for the other, as our gifts. He had the first weekend, which was that of our actual anniversary.

The Friday morning of that weekend, he laid out clothes for me to wear and woke me at 6am. I had to be at work at 10:30 but he assured me I wouldn’t be late. I figured, based on the outfit and time, that we were going on an early hike. Then, as we got onto the highway, he had me pull out the directions from the glovebox, where I found a AAA travel guide for Baja, Mexico!

Clearly in early morning shock.

He completely surprised me with a trip to San Felipe, on the eastern coast of Baja, along the sea of Cortez. He thought of everything, from packing everything I might need (and more) to making sure I got a manicure and pedicure that week before we left, from lining up a fur-babysitter to getting Friday and Monday off from my bosses. I swear, he’s never been so organized. :P

San Felipe was such a beautiful, remote and peaceful place. Our hotel only had 3 rooms, and our room overlooked the pool which overlooked the sea and mountains. It was a block from the beach, and a lazy 2 mile stroll into town. Barely anyone spoke English, so we got to learn a lot of Spanish – everything from ordering more margaritas to bartering for mexican wares in the shopping bazaar district. The food was amazing, as were the friendly folks that live there. We drank, dined and danced the nights away under a sky full of stars on the gorgeous sea.


Saturday night, the 6th, Hunter took me to a secluded beach just before midnight, with the bottle of wine he had arranged to have in our room upon arrival. They almost didn’t let us on the beach, as it was closed, but in that moment, I magically knew enough spanish to say “Today is our 5 year anniversary. We would like to go to the beach and look at the stars. Its romantic” – Amazingly, it worked! No one was around for miles and miles…. it was pitch black. Just us, the sky, the sand, and the sound of the waves. We sat and watched the stars, listened to the crashing surf, and reflected back on the last 4 years. Then Hunter said, “At midnight, let’s stand up so we can give each other a biiiig hug!” So, at 12:00am it became Sunday, our official anniversary, and at that moment, in between kisses, with the sweetest words ever, he got down on his knee and proposed! It was utterly magical, but all I could say between tears was, “I can’t see the ring!” because it was so dark out, which is too funny because he could have easily given me a lifesaver and I would have said yes! He produced the flashlight, made the bling sing, and I sang too.

Mere moments after it happened...
Mere moments after it happened…

He designed the ring himself, with a local Los Angeles jeweler (more on that later), and its so beautiful! The whole thing was just a fairy tale. Coming home on Monday was bittersweet – as hard as it was to bid Adios to our romantic vacation, we were thrilled to get to come home and share the news with all of our loved ones! Pretty dreamy, eh?

As it happens, he had been planning the trip since February! Poor guy, having to put up with my engagement harassment, all the while having this in his back pocket!

So, there you have it! The proposal that won us a free e-photo session,and my heart of course! I can’t wait to get into details, so stay tuned…..

until then….I leave you with a photo Hunter took of our doggie, Paco, as he helped pack my suitcase the day before we left.

He clearly wanted to come, too :)