Many of our brides and grooms struggle with deciding on whether or not they would like to see each other before the ceremony- also known as a “first look.” Speaking from my own experience as a bride- I am so grateful that I did! The first look allowed me to completely calm down & remember that the wedding day was just about me and my amazing husband. Being a wedding planner, I knew that I would be nervous before the ceremony- my stomach was in knots! No one can relate to that feeling until you are actually there in that moment! But, when the time came for the first look I felt instantly at ease & seeing Andrew took all of those nerves away.
We find that the main reason why some brides choose to do a first look is so they are able to join the cocktail hour. Let’s be honest, sometimes cocktail hour is the best part of a wedding, and it is always more fun if the Bride & Groom are able to join in! If you are willing to do the first look, the majority of your wedding photos will be done before the ceremony which allows you to join the party! If you choose to see each other when you are walking down the aisle, all of your photos with the two of you and your families/wedding party will need to be taken during cocktail hour.
The first look is a time for the Bride & Groom to thoroughly enjoy & savor this special moment. That moment to just be alone and take in the fact that you are about to become husband and wife!They are able to be real and show their raw emotions, instead of doing this in front of all of the wedding guests. This moment, is something that only a first look can give you.