The Wedding Day First Look: Would You or Wouldn’t You?

If you’ve looked for a wedding photographer, you’ve probably been asked if you want to do a wedding day first look. First look wedding photography is becoming super popular, as more and more couples are breaking tradition and opting to see each other before the wedding. Maybe we should back up a little bit, in case you’re saying, “What the heck are first look wedding photos?!” Photographers started doing first look wedding photography in an effort to capture the moment when a bride and groom first see each other on their wedding day in an intimate and relaxed setting. Usually, this involves the couple arranging to meet after they are dressed and ready, but before the ceremony starts.

First look wedding photosJoyana & Dave. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography & Design.

Are first look wedding photos right for you?

Each wedding is different, just like each couple is different, and there’s no one way to celebrate your big day. So, by all means, do what you feel is right for you and your fiancée. Many couples hesitate to have a wedding day first look because they want to honor the tradition that the bride and groom not see each other until the wedding ceremony. Superstitious folks even say it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride prior to when she’s walking down the aisle. That being said, there are some definite advantages to arranging a first look session prior to your ceremony:

First look wedding photosJess & Brian. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography & Design.

Wedding day first look: Pros.

Flexibility: When you arrange a first look, you have complete control over the setting. Where do you want it to be? Do you want it to be just you and your groom, or would you like some family and/or the wedding party there? When would you like it to take place, and how much time would you like to have together? The options are endless, and there’s no wrong or right answer. Your photographer can also help you with any questions you might have since, chances are, they have done it a time or two! Emotions: After the wedding, many brides say they appreciated being able to see their grooms before the ceremony because it calmed their nerves. This is particularly true if you don’t like being in front of people or aren’t used to being the center of attention. The first look can be such a special moment for you and your groom, and you won't have the pressure of several hundred pairs of eyes watching your every move, so you can feel free to cry, laugh, talk, or kiss--whatever feels natural in that moment. For a day that’s meant to celebrate the two of you, you may not have many opportunities to enjoy time alone with your groom, so this is the perfect time to do that. Time: Traditionally, photos with the bride and groom together would take place during the cocktail hour, that period of time between the ceremony and reception. While the guests are sipping their martinis, the bride and groom, along with the rest of the wedding party, would go with the photographer to take pictures, meaning they would miss out on spending that time with their guests. Arranging a first look and getting some “essential shots” done before the ceremony means you’ll actually get to enjoy your cocktail hour! You’ve spent so much time planning this day, and you should be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

First look wedding photosEllen & Chris. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography & Design.

(Thanks again to Rebecca Marie Photography & Design for letting us use these wonderful images!) What do you think? Will you and your groom have first look wedding photos taken? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!

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