Why do a First Look?

As a wedding photographer, many couples ask me this question, and I love giving them the insight that helps them decide. It’s something worth considering when out of the 25 weddings I shot last year 76% of them did a first look and all of them said they’d do it again.

First off, what is a first look?

A first look is when the bride and groom see each other privately before the wedding ceremony. It goes against the tradition of the groom seeing the bride for the first time while she is walking down the aisle, but oftentimes makes sense for couples.

It Immediately Calms Your Nerves

I remember the morning I was married I was super nervous. I knew I was marrying the love of my life, but the nerves came from how big the day felt. The best feeling in the world was seeing my future wife before we were married during a first look. It immediately relaxed my nerves seeing her, and spending a few minutes with her talking about her morning was so great before we officially tied the knot.

I see this a lot shooting weddings. Most of the time the groom is a bit tense, but as soon as he sees his bride, it all fades away.

Special Moments Happen

A first look is staged, sure. BUT a first look tends to make magical moments happen. A groom seeing his bride for the first time with just her tends to allow more emotions to come out. Some couples also choose to do more personal vows during a first look. Have a look at a recent wedding where this happened. So many awesome and authentic moments can happen!

It Saves Time, So You Can Get to Your Reception Faster

We can knock out 15 to 30 to 45 minutes worth of photos with a first look before any of your guests arrive. Why is this a big deal? You don’t have to disappear for all that time between the end of the ceremony and happy hour and/or the reception. We can get in some photos during the beginning of the reception, but it doesn’t have to be as long due to the first look. You can get right to spending time with your friends and family, and every couple loves that.

Moments from First Looks