Why More Brides are Doing First Looks

It’s a time honored tradition wedding tradition for the groom to see the bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle. But more often many couples are opting for a first look – an intimate moment between the bride and groom before the ceremony captured by their photographer.

There are a lot of reasons to do a first look, some of which benefit your photographer, so we may just be a little biased. However, depending on your wedding day priorities, a first look can be the perfect addition to your wedding photos and to your big day!

Calm your Nerves

Many couples get the jitters on their wedding day, it doesn’t mean you have cold feet. In fact, it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous, whether you’re anxious about being the center of attention and speaking in front of a crowd or just afraid something will go wrong. For many couples, having a moment with their partner before the ceremony can actually help to calm both their nerves and ease the stress of the day. 

Get your Portraits Done Early

Your wedding portraits or the posed photos of you and your bridal party can take a huge chunk of time out of your day. If you leave all of the portraits until after the ceremony, that means you will have to take family photos, wedding part photos and couple portraits. Your guests could end up waiting at the reception for an hour or more while you get all the images you want. When you have a first look before the ceremony though, you can get a majority of those photos taken care of ahead of time, leaving fewer photos after the ceremony and less wait time for the rest of your guests.

Be Present in the Moment

You’ve probably heard that your wedding day will go by in a blur, and believe us, it’s true! One moment you’ll be getting ready, and the next you’re having your departure farewell from the reception. That’s why photography is so important, and it’s also why you should take a moment to pause, take a breath and just take the day in. A first look gives you the opportunity to refocus on what matters most and appreciate the love that brought you to this day.

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The Emotion Will Be There No Matter What

Some couples worry that seeing each other before the ceremony will rob the rest of the day of its emotion. But we can assure you, that is definitely not the case. We’ve worked with couples who waited until the walk down the aisle to see each other for the first time, as well as couples who opted for a first look, and both were full of joy, laugher, and sometimes even tears during their vows. The emotions that are part of your wedding day will be there whether you see each other beforehand or not.

Don’t Miss Out on Natural Light

This is more applicable to late fall and winter weddings, but if you’re having your wedding later in the day, you may miss out on the natural light if you push your couple portraits to after the ceremony. Similarly, if you have great weather before you say “I do,” take advantage! You never know when the weather will change, and you could miss your window to get some amazing shots.

Look Your Best

If you choose to do a first look, you will have fresh makeup and perfectly styled hair, with every accessory perfectly in place. There’s no guarantee the mascara won’t run during your vows or you won’t get a little rumpled from hugging and greeting all those guests. A first look can be a great opportunity to capture you and your partner at your very best before the rush of the wedding day really begins.

It’s YOUR Wedding

An old tradition shouldn’t dictate what you do on your wedding day, nor should the opinions of friends and family. When deciding whether or not to have a first look, choose what is most comfortable for you as a couple. After all, this is your day and no one else’s, so do what feels right to you.