4 First Look options for modern brides| Ideas to make your life easier | New England Weddings


Lets chat about the First Look. This is a fairly modern idea that has been coming up more and more in wedding photography. The reason for a First Look came up because brides wanted more options when it came to formal pictures times. In the traditional wedding the groom sees the bride for the first time as she walks down the Isle. It’s romantic and epic right? 

Reasons for to consider First Look

You visualize yourself walking down the isle and locking eyes with Mr Groom. But because we live in the 21st century and everyone has a cell phone with a camera, guess what will happen. Yes you guessed right. Most people are inclined to grab their phone and want to take pictures of you at the ceremony. Sometimes people go even further and want to film your special whimsical moment with their cell phone. Yikes. Think of 100 guest doing this all at once. I have seen it and oh boy it is a not a pretty sight. Everyone’s hands up in front of their faces or even worse in the middle of the isle. This is one of the reasons why many brides have chosen to do a first look.

Another reason why brides opt for a first look is because they want to honor someone who is very special to them, on their wedding day. Some of these people include dad, grandpa and bridemaids.

Last reason for a First Look is that the timeline you have created needs some wiggle room. Meaning, you may want to go to your cocktail hour and skip doing formal photos during cocktail hour. When you do a first look formal photos can be scheduled after the first look.

Option #1 First Look with Groom

When you have a First look with your groom it becomes an exciting intimate moment between the both of you. A moment of gentleness, pure emotions and a reminder of why you are both making this commitment in front of friends and family. First Look options for the modern New England Bride by Manchester and Massachusetts wedding photographer Teranie Tirado

Option #2 First Look with Dad

A first look with your Dad is another special way to show someone you love how much they mean to you. In this scenario the groom will not be seeing you. But you can still have a tear filled and joyful moment with your hero and the person you admire… Dad. Brides that are very close to their fathers sometimes choose to do this as a way to honor their fathers in a special way on the wedding day. 

First Look options for the modern New England Bride by Manchester and Massachusetts wedding photographer Teranie Tirado

Option #3 First Look with Bridesmaids

The first look with bridesmaids is a fun way to celebrate with your girls. The tribe that has been with you through thick and thin. The girls that have your back and are celebrating with you this special day. Sometimes brides choose this option when they prefer to get ready by themselves or with only their moms help. This is a great way to incorporate your bridesmaids into the getting ready process while still honoring mom as she will be the one helping you get into your wedding dress. First Look options for the modern New England Bride by Manchester and Massachusetts wedding photographer Teranie Tirado

Option #4 First Look with Grandpa

The first look with grandpa is perfect for the bride that wants to honor her grandfather in a special way on the wedding day. If grandpa means the world to you and you want to make him feel special this is an idea you can incorporate in your wedding day. The photographs captured of grandpa and you will be for sure something you treasure for a lifetime. 

First Look options for the modern New England Bride by Manchester and Massachusetts wedding photographer Teranie Tirado


I hope this was helpful to you and makes your wedding planning process easier. If you love this article please leave me a comment below with what option you liked the most.




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Red wedding colors | Garden Ceremony | New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | Laura and Bobbie

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New Hampshire Garden Wedding

Laura and Robert met through a charity cruise with a Subaru enthusiast group. How cool is that. You never know when and where you’ll meet your groom to be. He romantically proposed to her on Christmas morning in front of the brides family.  Now that’s the best Christmas gift any girl can ask for.

Laura and Bobbie said I do in a beautiful garden by the sea in New Hampshire. Their wedding was intimate and classic. The red bridesmaids dresses matched perfectly with the hints of red and green on the brides bouquet. The groom wore red rose boutonniere which perfectly matched his red tie. The bride added a pop of color to the traditional white gown by wearing a red lipstick. Nails prettied up with a traditional french manicure and eyes glammed up with a soft bridal look. Bridesmaids and bride had similar hair styles rocking their hair down with soft curls. The look was perfect for a garden wedding.

This couple loves to have fun with their family. Guess what they did to incorporate that into their wedding day. You guessed it! A trolley. The ride was a blast for the whole family as they went from the venue to the ceremony via a scenic ocean side ride on the trolley. What a perfect way to host a wedding!

Thank you to the creative time aka the wedding vendors that made this day possible!

Reception & Food: Atlantic Grill in Rye, NH | Venue: Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH | Invitations: Elegant Wedding Invites | Dress: Davids Bridal | Men Suits: Mens Warehouse | Transportation: Seacoast Trolley Co


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Tracey & Quinn | Sturbridge MA Wedding | The Barn at Wight

Tracey & Quinn

Sturbridge, MA Wedding

Thank you to the wedding vendors that made this day possible:

Photography: Teranie at New Life Photography| Venue & Catering: The Barn at Wight Farm and 3 Ts Chefs| Florist: Herbert E. Berg Florist| Gown: Davids Bridal| Cake: Francescos Italian Bakery| Suits: Bonardis Formal Wear| Videography: Timeless Cinema

The day was filled with love and happiness. I too shed a few tears behind the lens. Especially when Tracey gifted Quinn a brooch with a picture of her belated grandmother. There were many details that were handcrafted by the couple such as the wood where the cake stood. Tracey also carried a heart necklace on her bouquet, that was originally the two rings belonging to her grandparents that passed. Every detail of the day was perfect. Their fall New England wedding was nothing short of gorgeous. It was an honor to document their love story.

Here is the story from the couple:

We met online 2013. Emails turned to texts and then to phone calls. The first time we met in person was at a tea dance at Blackstone Tap. October 12th, we consider this day our “Dating Anniversary”. We sat and talked for 4 hours that night about everything under the sun. It was like we had known each other forever. Turns out that we have many friends in common and new coincidences kept popping up. Since then we have been on many adventures together, beach days, hikes, day trips to Boston, river tubing, concerts and many more. Always finding new places to explore together.


In December 2015 we celebrated Carrie’s Birthday with a great dinner and a homemade cake. It was a great night and afterwards we were dancing in the bedroom. It is not uncommon for Carrie to start dancing with me in random places. Usually it’s the kitchen or other areas of the house at random moments. Even in line at the deli counter or the frozen food section of the supermarket. She even sings things to me in the car to the radio, changing all the words to fit our conversation or her mood. Always making me laugh.

On this day I was instructed to sit down and close my eyes while she retrieved a surprise for me. Surprise??? Hey wait it’s your birthday I am not supposed to get anything!! When I was instructed to open my eyes there was Carrie propped on one knee with a beautiful open box poised in front of me containing a beautiful ring. She said all I want for my birthday is to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me? Of course I said yes!!

I found out later that the original plan was to propose on New Year’s Eve but she just could not wait. Like a kid with a quarter burning a hole in her pocket. The first person to know was my son. She had asked him for his blessing and I thought that was the sweetest thing ever. He had known for at least a month before hand and believe it or not my son actually kept a secret!!



Cindy & Silvestre Wedding | Venus De Milo Swansea, Massachusetts Wedding Photographer

Venus de Milo Wedding

Swansea, MA | Boston Wedding Photographer

Silvester & Cindy have a bond that pours from their hearts. From the moment I met them they could not stop gazing at eachother. All the way to the moment he watched her as she glided down the isle. He barely blinked. Their 300 guest wedding was nothing short of gorgeous. The love that poured from the hearts of all the guest was shared during the reception as friends and family gave their toast to the bride and groom. The first dance with dad brought tears to Cindys eyes as they shared in a once in a lifetime moment. It was such an honor to photograph this elegant dream wedding.

Here is a little back story of the bride and groom as told by Cindy.

The Proposal: On our first date, when Silvestre brought me home, we sat on a bench that my father built for my sister’s wedding over 10 years ago. The bench was near a stream that runs through my back yard and it was here that we shared our first kiss and he told me, I know this sounds crazy but I am sure we are going to get married someday. On this very same bench, around the exact same time of year my father built that bench years ago, Silvestre asked for my hand in marriage in July of 2016.  I was in running shorts and a t-shirt, just the way he liked me, with no make-up and my hair looking crazy.  He got down on one knee and said a lot of things and all I could remember is that his mouth was moving and my heart was stopping. We sat and talked about our relationship and our future as husband and wife on that bench, until the sun came up.

Thank you to the creative team that made this day possible!

Photography: Teranie Tirado- New Life Photography
Venue: Venus de Milo Restaurant & Banquet Facility
Videographer: Cody Rodriguez
Decorator: Aidil
DJ: Valentina Cafferky-Marianetti
Hair: Hair indulgence
Makeup: Marelin Vergara
Invitations: Etsy
Gown: David’s Bridal
Cake: Amanda Faria
Men Suits: Macy’s
Favors: Myweddingfavors.com
Transportation: Hummer Night Out

Jen & Jon | Pleasant Valley Country Club Wedding | Sutton, MA

Jen & Jon Wedding

Thank you to the creative team:  Flowers by Herbert E. Berg Florist Venue | Food- Pleasant Valley Country Club | Band- Men In Black 2 | Hair & Makeup- Christina Mastro Invitations- Minted | Bridal Gown- Maggie Sottero Designs | Cake- Bean Counter Coffee Bar and Bakery | Mens suits- Men’s Wearhouse and Tux | Photobooth- PixelPod Photo Booth | Officiant- Tara Phillips

Bride tells the story: We met online. Our first date was going to be just a quick coffee date, which turned into a 7hr date in Boston (the coffee shop was not in Boston, we just decided to go there on a whim). Without an agenda, we walked all over the city and landed in Faneuil hall. We at dinner Anthem Kitchen and Bar and we go there on our anniversary. We also have a tradition of buying Christmas ornaments in Faneuil hall every time we go there. We both knew on our first date we were going to get married, but neither of us said it of course. He proposed at home, down on one knee.

Cheers to the newlyweds! It was an honor being your wedding photographer. – Teranie Tirado



Lindiana & John Semidei Destination Wedding | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico | Hacienda Siesta Alegre

Lindiana & John Semidei

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico | Wedding Photographer

Hacienda Siesta Alegre

Lindiana and John were meant to be together since the moment their paths crossed. They both share many passions including the love for salsa dancing. Their wedding belongs on the pages of a magazine. Every detail reflected the beauty of their love. It was breathtaking. They were surrounded by loved ones as their said their vows which brought tears of joy to many. The bride and groom danced the night away under the stars with the sound of coquis in the background. The fresh air from El Yunque rain forest carried a breezem, that combined with the numerous fresh flowers around the reception, left everyone feeling in enchanted.

Congraulations to Mr and Mrs Semidei! It was an honor to photograph your wedding day!

A big thank you to the team of vendors that made this day extraordinary!

Venue: Hacienda Siesta Alegre Inn | DJ: Big J Music | Brides dress: Vows | Decorations: Black HC Flowers Events| Catering: Nilsa Colon| Officiant: Aida M. Mari-Roca| Wedding Coordinator: Yolanda De Jesus| Assistant Photographer: Youri Claessens

Lakeview Pavilion | Adam & Marelin Wedding | Foxborough, MA Wedding Photographer

Marelin and Adam dated for almost an eternity. Just kidding, but really a long time as the couple and their friends told me. But I say anything worth having doesn’t come easy and is worth waiting for. Marelin and Adam did a first look under a gazebo at the venue surrounded by the beautiful fall foliage. Later they headed to the ceremony where tears of joy poured from family and friends as they said their vows. These two love birds got hitched finally and the love that filled the room was very evident. Two families uniting and celebrating love is a beautiful thing to watch. Their venue was definitely one of my favorites this season. The recently renovated Lakeview Pavilion was stunning. Everywhere you turned there were chandeliers and beautiful draped white curtains. Every inch of that place was breathtaking. The DJ was Baltazar from Bostons Jamn 94.5. He kept everyone dancing on the dance floor. Mixing it up from spanish music to english. He incorporated the two cultures beautifully into the wedding day. This Sunday brunch wedding was chic, fun and elegant all wrapped in a bow.

It was an honor being your wedding photographer. -Teranie

Thank you to the wedding vendors:

DJ | Boston Wedding DJ Baltazar Entertainment
Ceremony & Reception | Lakeview Pavilion
Flower | Judy’s Village Flowers
Cake | Montilio’s Baking Company
Groom suit | INDOCHINO
Limo | East Coast Limousine Service Inc
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