This is one of the biggest questions to answer when it comes to photography on the day of your wedding. We want to talk about what a First Look is, whether it’s right for you, and 3 reasons to consider having a First Look on your wedding day!
Up until the last decade or so, couples usually waited to see each other on a wedding day until the bride was walking down the aisle. Years of tradition dictated this, and if you go back far enough, we find that it originated with the practice of arranged marriages. Historically, the bride was veiled and hidden from the groom until the very last minute when she walked down the aisle and the groom lifted the veil to see what she looked like. Waiting until this moment during the ceremony gave the groom less of a chance for cold feet or to run off if he didn’t like what he saw…pretty romantic, huh? (We say that with as much sarcasm as we can muster.) Over the years, that origin has been forgotten, but the practice remained. Thankfully, it became a much more romantic custom. We still love when couples see each other for the first time at the ceremony. However, there is a new tradition that is now taking its place, and that’s what we’re here to talk about!
That new tradition is The “First Look”! First of all, you might be wondering what a First Look is, and then why should you consider one! The First Look is when the couple decides to see each other before the bride walks down the aisle. The bride is still able to have that “reveal” moment to her groom, but in a much more intimate setting. When our couples have a First Look, we always scout out a beautiful, private location for this to happen.
Imagine this…we set your groom up in this secluded place…no people, no on-lookers, no distractions…and you, his beautiful bride, walk up to him and gently tap him his shoulder. He turns around and finally gets to look at you, his stunning bride! And not only would he get to see you, but he could embrace you, cry with you, kiss you, talk to you, and really ENJOY that moment for as long as you both wanted. Nerves start to diminish. After all, you’re the one who makes him the most comfortable. It’s just the two of you (and us!), capturing the excitement and the joy of your wedding day.
Deciding whether to do a First Look or not is such a personal choice, and we never want our couples to feel pressured one way or another. The most important thing to us is educating our clients so they know their options and can make the choice that fits them and their wedding day the best!