February 18, 2019
The first look is a very popular addition to many wedding-day timelines. The first look is the moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day. No guests, no distractions. It is a very special moment that the bride and groom share that the photographer(s) capture with little to no interruptions before their ceremony.
Unlike the traditional reveal of the bride walking down the aisle as being the time when the couple sees each other for the first time, the first look is a more intimate moment shared between just the bride and groom. You can actually look into each other’s eyes, which only makes the moment more genuine. The bride isn’t worried about not tripping down the aisle, the groom isn’t trying to hold it together in front of all their guests, it is a moment when the two of you can really take in and savor seeing each other just before you say your ‘I do’s’.
The first look captures the initial reaction of the bride and groom and allows the two of you to act naturally when seeing each other for the first time. You can cry, laugh, hug, kiss and just simply be in the moment without having all your guests around. This not only yields beautiful, one of a kind images but will also leave you with some spare time to capture a few more couple’s images just after this tender moment, when your emotions are still running high.
The sneak peek is ideal because you both will be looking your best. Your hair and makeup is still perfectly in place and gives you time to do any touch-ups before the ceremony. Including a first look to your timeline also allows the photographers the opportunity to focus on capturing the reactions of some of the guests as the bride makes her way down the aisle during the ceremony, which is often missed because the focus is usually on the bride and groom’s expression and reactions to one another. Finally, the first look is one of the best ways to eliminate any of the wedding day jitters. Since you already have the emotional part of seeing each other for the first time you are more relaxed and calm walking down the aisle and saying your vows.
I’d love to hear from you! Comment below if you’ve done a first look on your wedding day and what you liked most about that shared moment. I’d also love to hear from you if you decided NOT to have a first look!