Why Doing a First Look Matters
So I’m going to start off with answering the question most couples have, what is a first look? A first look is a private moment between the bride and groom before the ceremony. Best of all, it’s captured by their photographer. Many couples are skeptical of a first look for many reasons, the one main being:
The First Look Will Take Away From the Aisle Moment
This is a a very valid concern. When most couples dream of their wedding day, they immediately envision seeing each other for the first time across the room. The Groom in the front with his boys at his side, and the Bride at the other end of the aisle, daddy in arm. I can honestly say, that’s how I pictured my wedding day! However, what most people don’t realize, is that a first look is much more intimate. It’s a private moment for the two of you to spend alone before all the chaos begins. In most instances, it’s very emotional because you’re not surrounded by so many people. You have the few moments to just relax, be yourselves, and truly take in the last few moments before you become husband and wife. I’ve had many couples say that they thought the first look would take away from the aisle moment. BUT when the groom is standing at the alter, the music starts playing, and everyone stands up, all the emotions coming flooding back because now, it’s really happening. Seeing your bride walk toward you with her father is an emotional moment whether you saw each other before or not.
Want to know the best reason to do a first look?!
First Looks Make the Day go Smoother
Wait Molly, what are you talking about?! I’m serious on this one guys! Doing a first look helps the timeline of the day become a lot less stressful because you have more time! A first look can allow you get get a head start on bridal party photos so that when the ceremony is over, you have more time to enjoy cocktail hour with your closest family and friends! It also ensures that you’ll have more time for those creamy, dreamy husband and wife sunset portraits that your always pinning and double tapping on instagram! By doing a first look, you can accomplish so much earlier in the day and spend more time enjoying the wedding you spent months planning!
*ADDED BONUS* You get to spend more time with your husband, the person who (along with you) the whole day is supposed to be about!
If I Could go Back
My husband and I didn’t opt into the first look and it is something that if I could, I would go back and change. I wish we had the adorable first look photos that always make me want to cry when I see them. (Don’t believe me on how romantic they are? Just look them up on Pinterest.) I wish we had more time to spend together throughout the day and doing a first look absolutely would’ve helped that.
To Sum It Up
First looks truly, don’t take anyway from the emotion of walking down the aisle. They save you more time throughout the day, making the timeline a bazillion times less stressful. And last but not least, they give you pictures that you will cherish for a lifetime; remembering that intimate moment before you said “I do.”
If you’re still curious about first looks and want to know more! Comment below or send me an e-mail! I’d love to elaborate on the subject if it will help all you blushing bride-to-be’s!
Until Next Time,
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