when planning out your big day, one big decision you may have to make is… to look or not to look. “first look” photos are a new trend that’s catching on very quickly in the wedding industry. the “first look” is a chance for the bride and groom to see one another before the beloved aisle moment. it is sometimes the only time on the wedding day that the B&G are alone with no distractions. as a photographer, i encourage my clients to make the best decision for them, however, it gives you more time to capture the gorgeous pictures and enjoy all aspects of the reception.
i had first dismissed the idea, reminding myself that I wanted to see my husband’s face light up when he saw me walking down the aisle, arm and arm with my father. i had forgotten about the fact that when i would have reached him, i couldn’t hug and kiss him, or spin around to show off my dress. the reality would be that i turned to face the pastor and the wedding started in front of hundreds of onlookers.
i am all for the old fashioned style of not seeing one another before you walk down the aisle, however, i am so happy that we chose to do a first look. not only does it calm any nerves you may have, it gives you a moment to take it all in, together, in the presence of each other. it allows you to bask in each others glory without the pressure of hundreds of guests starring in awe. it also gives your photographer a chance to capture the precious moment in a candid way and allows you to get your desired photos out of the way before you say “i do” leaving you plenty of time to celebrate following the ceremony!
it is something to consider, enjoy the fun photos of unique first looks!
ps. my husband cried when he saw me… and cried again when i walked down the aisle, so don’t for a minute think that it takes away from that moment, because it only makes it more special.