We’ve all come across the photos of a bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. There are usually a few tears, lots of giggling, and so much embracing! It’s a lovely moment, especially when it’s captured on camera. But here’s the flip side: not everyone wants this first look on their wedding day. First looks may not be suitable for every couple, so I’m here to help you decide if you should incorporate into your timeline. So is a first look right for you?
A first look is a private moment shared between a couple when they see each other for the first time before their ceremony. This moment is usually photographed at a secluded location or room away from family and friends. I love first looks for couples so they can have an intimate moment with each other before being thrust into the spotlight at their ceremony and reception—a moment for them to relax and enjoy being together for a little bit longer. A time to show off the carefully chosen wedding dress and the well-fitted suit all captured on camera to also enjoy reliving again later.
A first look is a great way to get all the wedding day jitters out of the way, gain confidence, and have time for some great photos before the ceremony. If you’re nervous about being in front of the camera, this can be an excellent opportunity for a practice run with your photographer. It also allows you to share those special moments with your significant other before sharing them with everyone else as you walk down the aisle at your ceremony. Here are some reasons to consider a first look:
A first look doesn’t mean there won’t be any surprises during the actual ceremony – there is still a sweet intensity as you see each other again coming down the aisle. Sharing this time with guests and each other adds to the overall moments.
You and your fiance are the only ones can only decide whether to do a first look or not! Do you want to get the party started before your guests arrive? Do you want to savor the initial moment with just your partner?
If all this has left you wondering, is a first look right for you?—and where exactly that falls on the spectrum between “yes” and “no”—I can help! We will discuss your options in detail when planning your photo timeline.
If you’re still on the fence about doing a first look, here are some things to consider:
As First Looks become more popular even at traditional weddings, the most important point to remember is that it’s your wedding—and your decision. There are no rules about how you should do things, and if it feels right for you, then do it! So, is a first look right for you? Let me know in the comments!
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