What is a First Look? Well, let me tell you! It’s when the bride and groom have a chance to see each other before their wedding ceremony.
Why do I recommend doing a First Look? Because I love them! After the bride and groom are done getting ready, we let them meet each other for the first time in private (except for me and my 2nd shooter hiding in the background). We capture the entire event on our cameras. It is such a special moment of tears, jaw dropping, hugs, and kisses. It gives the bride and groom a chance to see each other before the day gets busy and flies by. It also gives them freedom to react without being nervous about being in front of people.
What other benefits are there? It makes the schedule for pictures more simple, quick and smooth. It also gives the bride and groom the ability to not have to worry about taking more pictures after the ceremony. They’re free to go right to the reception and start celebrating!
How did the tradition of not seeing the bride until she came down the aisle come about? Well, from what I’ve heard, it came from back when they used to have arranged marriages. The groom didn’t see the bride until she came down the aisle so he wouldn’t have a chance to back out of the wedding after seeing her. Isn’t that horrible?! Obviously that’s not why we do it today, but it does give you something to think about.
So, to all you beautiful engaged couples out there that are faced with this decision, I hope this helps you determine what’s best for your wedding day. Remember that you have to do what’s best for you, and what makes your day the most special. As your photographer, I am happy to document your wedding in whatever way you want it to unfold.
Here are some of my favorite First Looks!