When it comes to weddings, there are so many great parts and it’s hard to choose a favorite. The more and more weddings I’ve been to as a photographer though has made it completely clear that my favorite part is when a couple opts in to having a First Look. The First Look is when a couple agrees to see each other in private before the ceremony with only the photographer present. Seeing each other for the first time is one of the most intimate and special parts of a wedding day, and although the traditional way to do it is in front of all of your guests, I’ve really fallen in love with First Looks. Every bride and groom I’ve talked to who have done this were SO glad they did because it helped calm their nerves, gave them private time with their future spouse, and made for some beautiful photographs! They also said that seeing each other down the aisle was still just as special but they were able to appreciate their guests and the environment and soak it all in more than they would if they were seeing each other for the first time. Wedding days go by so quickly. Sometimes being able to pause for a moment turns into the most precious part of the day. I know for sure that at my wedding I will be a ball of nerves and seeing my groom before all the commotion starts will be so amazing! (Not to mention that it’s great as a photographer to have time alone with the couple before things are rushed!) At the last wedding I went to, Juli and Chris opted to have a first look as you may remember. I almost had tears in my eyes when they saw each other!! They both started crying and it was just so perfect. Here are a few photos from it:
I encourage all of you future brides to really consider having a First Look be part of your wedding day! You will thank yourself in the end and you will have one happy photographer too!