Should you have a first look?
Having a first look at your wedding can seem like a HUGE break from tradition. I know what you’re thinking “If we have a first look, he won’t cry when he sees me walk down the aisle!” Let’s just debunk that right now. If your man is going to cry when he sees you walk down the aisle, it will happen EVEN IF you have a first look!
The Emotion of a First Look
When you get married, and finally take that greatly anticipated walk down the aisle, you are NOT ALONE. That’s right. All 250 guests that you invited are watching not only you, but your groom! (I’m not trying to freak you out, I swear, but this is important!)
While YES, all eyes will be on you, including his, trust me! He is WELL aware that people are still watching, and sometimes that can make things a LITTLE bit awkward. Maybe he’ll FEEL like being an emotional mess, but stage fright!
Enter the first look! Just you. Just them. (okay, well, there’s also me, but that doesn’t count). Thew two of you are free to show emotion, to really take each other in, and to enjoy it. Not to mention you can TALK to each other, a big no no once you meet at the front of that aisle!
The First Look | Why it’s WORTH IT!
- You have WAY more time for portraits! We don’t have to cram them all in after the ceremony and before dinner.
- You’re free to show every emotion in private with each other. No audience. And you don’t have to wait 30 minutes to an hour for a ceremony to end before you tell each other how amazing you look!
- It really does make your wedding last longer! Instead of just seeing each other and enjoying each other for the few hours of your reception, you have SO MUCH TIME beforehand!
- It’s a great way to unwind and relax before your ceremony!
Executing the perfect First Look
There is no right or wrong way to have a First Look. Most commonly, the groom is in a stationary position, and the bride taps him on the should so he can turn around and see her.
As many of my couples know, I’ll usually suggest something a little more intimate and emotional, so definitely talk to your photographer about creative ideas if you don’t want the typical First Look photos!
Here are some great tips for making sure that your first look is STUNNING and impactful!
- Pick a large, well lit location
- Always have one person in position first, so there are no sneaky peaks
- Make sure that you are ALONE (no family members with cell phones, please!
- As you’re waiting to turn, or right before you see each other, take a DEEP BREATH and clear your mind of everything except the two of you and what this moment means. YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!
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Thank you for reading, friends!
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