I’m here to answer the question “why do a first look?”. A first look is defined as a moment before your ceremony where you as the bride is revealed to your groom, seeing each other for the first time on your elopement or wedding day. If family and friends will be present at your ceremony, this would be in a private place away from family and friends to capture that moment just for the two of you.
Your first look can be such an amazing part of your day – it’s a romantic addition to your wedding that not only adds to the experience but also calms the day-of nerves!
Not all couples are sure about doing a first look. Those that don’t want to do a first look typically tell me: ‘I want my groom to have a big reaction; to cry when he first sees me walking down the aisle.’ Also, I’ve heard fear expressed that he would not have any reaction at the ceremony if they do a first look! I think that most brides really want a picture-perfect expression!
Think about this – your groom may feel less pressure and feel more open to expressing his emotions when he sees you at the top of the aisle because of the sweet and intimate moments you two were able to share during your first look.
Put yourself in your groom’s shoes. Without a first look on the day of your wedding, he hasn’t seen you all day. He is hanging out with his groomsmen waiting for his cue to line up for the start of the ceremony. Perhaps he appeared to be calm earlier on in the day, but is now becoming anxious and nervous. After all, he will be standing in front of your friends and family, each one waiting to see HIS reaction when you reach the aisle! Sounds like a lot of pressure to me, and not very intimate at that. It is absolutely still something you two will remember forever, but if you’ve had a first look you will both be way more relaxed (plus your groom will be far less nervous!). With a first look, the pressure will be off and you two will both be able to enjoy your day and time both apart and together.
40% more portraits
enjoy the surprise freely
extend your day by 3 hours
your only alone time
Brides, if you have never seen your man cry or get emotional, you can’t expect him to be overly emotional on your wedding day. Some guys just embrace their brides and never cry…and that’s ok! I guarantee i will capture his genuine smiles as he sees you for the first time. Some guys show very little emotion when their brides is coming down the aisle and that’s ok too. Just ENJOY this amazing day and try not to put any expectations on him. One thing I have noticed after shooting DOZENS of weddings is that the stress and nerves that come with a wedding day can sometimes make it hard for grooms to truly express their emotions. it’s just a lot to take in all at once. this si a great reason to share a first look and also a great reason to give some grace to your guy! Enjoy this time together, no matter what his reaction is like!
There’s SO many benefits to choosing to do a first look on your wedding day, but most of all it’s important to remember that ultimately it’s YOUR choice – I’m so stoked to for you!