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On My Wedding Anniversary, Looking Back at Our First Look

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HGTV Jasmine Roth First Look from Wedding

This year for our 7th (!!) wedding anniversary, Brett and I decided to reminisce on our First Look and how each of us remember it. If you’re subscribed to my email list, you found out what Brett thought of it!

How I Remember Our First Look

Looking back, I never dreamed of having a huge “white dress” wedding, but there I was like a princess in a fairytale. I’d spent the morning laughing and getting ready with my mom, grandma, sister, and best girl friends and it was finally time to get this day started. I wasn’t necessarily nervous, but more excited and already feeling a little sad for this day we’d been planning for so long to be happening and then be OVER. It was almost like that feeling you get when you start the series finale of your favorite TV show. But a quick self reminder to “get it together” was all I needed. One deep breath later, I found myself and my photographer standing on the stone steps of the vintage schoolhouse we’d rented in Park City, UT.  I was waiting for word that Brett was situated in the garden and ready to see me in my dress for the first time. See, I told you – a total fairytale!

True confession: I love photos. Like I really, really love them. I knew taking some pretty photos on our wedding day would be something that would be important to us, so I thought of a scenario where Brett and I did a “first look” (meaning we see each other before the actual wedding ceremony) and then got all our photos out of the way. I figured this would make me much more “chill” during the ceremony and reception. And thank goodness we did, because the minute we finished our photos, the skies opened and it POURED RAIN the rest of the day. Good luck be damned, I would’ve cried if I didn’t get my photos before the rain. All that to explain why I was standing with sweaty palms wondering what Brett would say when he saw his “girlfriend” dressed up like a “bride” and if by chance, he might actually faint. Ha!

HGTV Jasmine Roth First Look from Wedding

It Was Time

“Okay, he’s all set!” It was the photographer urging me to walk down to the garden and get this going. “THIS IS HAPPENING,” my brain was screaming at me, while I tried to gracefully make my way to the garden in my wedding dress. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so excited in my life! We’d set it up so Brett would be facing the opposite direction and he was instructed NOT to turn around until he felt a tap on his shoulder. No peeking, Brett! And there he was. His gray suit looked freshly pressed and I could tell he’d given himself a haircut. By the way he was standing, I knew that his hands were clasped in front of him. “He’s nervous too,” I thought to myself.

And just like that, my photographer gave me a nod they were ready. I thought quickly about how much Brett and I had been through before this day. Roommates in college, living in London together, traveling the world, having dogs that might as well have been our kids, graduation, starting work in a tough economy, him asking me to marry him with a ring hanging from a vintage Vespa, starting to build our dream home (at the time I had no idea this would become my profession), finding the perfect dress, and now this. Tying the knot in front of our family and friends. With all that in mind, I stepped forward with a huge smile on my face and tapped his shoulder.

HGTV Jasmine Roth First Look from Wedding

As soon as he turned around, we made eye contact and immediately both started laughing. “Hiiiiii” we both said, like we hadn’t just had breakfast together that morning. Ha! “You look so pretty,” he said to me and I immediately melted into his huge hug. A quick kiss and we were back together, hand-in-hand and ready for the day. “Let’s stay together today,” I whispered to him. “Seriously,” he said back, squeezing my hand.

HGTV Jasmine Roth First Look from Wedding; princess wedding dress

Still A Fairytale

As I look back on this day, 7 years later, I can’t help but smile to myself. Brett and I have never been very “traditional” and I’m still surprised by how much we loved having a wedding. We didn’t get married to change anything (we were already committed) but more-so to share the experience with the people who love us and have our best interests at heart. What I didn’t realize that day is that it wasn’t the series finale, but actually the premiere of a much better show. It was one of the best days of our relationship and whenever we’re having a tough time, we have that beautiful day (and those beautiful photos) to remind us that we are so loved, so supported, and our relationship is strong enough to make it. And yes, 7 years later it still feels like a fairytale…

HGTV Jasmine Roth First Look from Wedding

29 Comments

  1. Nancy

    Omg you guys look fabulous on your wedding day. Jansmine I love your hair piece and dress . I love that you guys were so relaxed about the day after your first look and didn’t so the “traditional” thing.
    ❤️

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  2. Susan Harper

    What an amazingly story. Both of your stories are beautiful. I hope the next 7 years are just as wonderful. Especially with Hazel, and the other kids that you may also have. Love to you two. Happy anniversary!!

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  3. Pam Klepach

    Amazing “Boho” wedding – love it!

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  4. Brenda Kilmury

    Absolutely beautiful 😢😢😢🥰

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  5. Bruce

    Thank you both for the amazing wedding memories and how you both were nervous until the “reveal”! Thanks for sharing your story and God Bless you both and your adorable baby daughter

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  6. Bonnie Bolling

    Congratulations! Enjoy! What a nice life you’ve made! ( but I still need help with my house…🤓)

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  7. Kim

    Happy Anniversary! I loved reading about your first look and wedding. I wish you both a lifetime of love, fun and happiness!

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  8. Alise

    So very sweet…I wish you both keep that feeling ..😊💕 married 35 years to my best friend and still love hanging out together

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  9. Joanne Delgrande

    What a story! It does seem like a fairy tale. I’ve been following you for a bit and look forward to seeing your posts and stories everyday. Hazel is the cutest after Harlow of course! Just kidding. She is a beautiful little girl. Cheers to you and Brett!

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  10. Bron

    I love these stories, thanks for sharing! Oh, and I think this is the first time I’ve seen Brett’s head without a hat haha!

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  11. Cheryl Paul

    How lucky you are to both find your “person”! Sweet and touching words from both of you. Hazel has the best parents ever ❤️!

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  12. Diane Simmons

    Amazing couple. Beautiful wedding. May you have many more years of blissful ness and memories of your start to a beautiful life together. Always remember this special day when you both said “I do.”

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  13. Brenda Kettler

    You two are great together! So fun to “ journey “ through life with your best friend! Hazel has the best parents- so much love for her radiates from you both! Keep feeding, decorating, loving and laughing together! You are an inspiration in many ways💕

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  14. Jane Curtis

    ❤everything about both accounts of the first look! So wonderful. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary! 🥂

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  15. Trina

    Thank you both for sharing your precious memories. It was a beautiful way to end my day and brought so many smiles… and even a couple of happy tears. Happy Anniversary and cheers to many more! 🥂

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    • Zee

      Wow really beautiful and romantic , Happy anniversary Jasmine

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  16. Shelley Crumes

    Ok now Jasmine, you had me at, “seeing his girlfriend as a bride”! You are both so in love, I wish you many many more anniversaries and many many more photos! ❤❤❤

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  17. Randy

    Most excellent and beautiful bride

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  18. Beth A Sczerzen

    A beautiful love story! I love the idea of a “first look” and spending the day together, taking pictures, hanging out and having a glass of champagne to relax. This just takes all of the nerves away so the “walk down the aisle” is just a formality!
    Best wishes, Jasmine and Brett for many, many more “first looks”!

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  19. Michael Cuff

    You both look beautiful (and handsome), and sooo happy. You both still look that way today from the pictures you post.. You know you’ll have many more anniversaries and happy days together.

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  20. Kate Cuellar

    Spectacular!! Spoken like a man who knew what he wanted and was ready to start his future with the perfect unique partner for life. Your baby definitely has the best loving parents ever. Many blessings and keep having great adventures.

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  21. Tina

    Jasmine you looked really beautiful and of course Brett is very handsome. I loved all the non traditional wedding stuff.
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

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  22. Lynn R

    Ahhhh♥️ Really enjoyed reading your stories! Sounded like a wonderful day!
    Wishing you both continued happiness & success! ♥️

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  23. Sarah O.

    I have loved watching you on TV and following you on social media. Zac was our contractor around filming with you so that’s how we were “introduced”. You are an amazing girl and I love watching your fairytale!

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  24. Kim Carroll

    Dang! I’ve been a wedding photographer for almost 17 years and this still brought me to tears! 🙂 I LOVE First Looks!

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  25. Fannie Wilson

    So beautiful, I feel as if I was a guest. Your happiness and relaxation are felt through your pictures and the way you explained it. Stay Bless & happy.

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  26. Sunny Beamish

    All the comments above say it all…We felt like were invited into very special and secret moments that God willing, will last a lifetime. Love the “First Look” idea too, new trend I bet.
    Thank you for allowing us to know you better, we are all eagerly awaiting a new show, and in the mean time, am praying for California in general and these terrible fires. Stay safe!

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  27. Wendy

    🥰Beautiful

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  28. Shirley

    Happy Anniversary, Love Birds!
    You’re an amazing couple and I really enjoyed both stories of your ” first look”.
    I wish you many more happy years together.

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