One of the most popular trends today for a wedding day is a first look for brides and grooms. First looks can be a beautiful, intimate moment between the couple before they get married – but they’re also a break in tradition. There’s so many pros and cons when deciding whether or not you want to have a first look, and as your photographer, I’m not here to tell you which decision is right! No matter what you decide, I will work with you to create your wedding day timeline so you can enjoy your dream day! However, I do love a good first look so today I thought I’d share a few reasons you might want to consider breaking tradition to have a special moment together!
A first look is truly the first time you will see each other before you’re married. It’s a special intimate moment between the two of you to really take in what’s going on. I love this moment because it’s a chance for a groom to really see his bride and take in her wedding gown, hair, bouquet even. Although the moment a groom sees his bride coming down the aisle is special too – there’s something powerful about having that time together to soak in your wedding day privately.
Wedding days are BUSY! Although you’re together all day, I often hear brides and grooms say they didn’t really take a moment to enjoy being together. A first look provides that opportunity in a quiet environment. There’s nothing except you two during a first look (and the photographer capturing it!) so it truly is about you both.
First looks provide a great time to exchange gifts or letters privately – and see the other’s reactions. Of course, you don’t have to do that, but it’s a nice time to do so if you want! Enjoy the excitement of your wedding day together.
Finally, first looks (in my experience) don’t take away from the emotions during the wedding ceremony. Generally when clients tell me they don’t want a first look, it’s because they’re afraid that moment of the ceremony when they see each other for the first time won’t be as powerful. But every time a groom sees his bride coming down the aisle, there’s still a reaction!! Trust me – a first look won’t take away from the emotions of your big day!
In the end, a decision to do a first look is totally up to you. I encourage you both to think about what you want and decide together. Just remember – a first look is a great time to be together and take in the fact that you’re getting married!!!
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