I'm sure by now you've heard of a first look and you've definitely seen the photos on Pinterest. You know where the groom looses it the first time he sees his beautiful bride and it brings tears to your eyes even though you don't know the couple...that one might be just me...I'm a total sap when it comes to emotions on a wedding day :) If you are feeling out of the loop because you don't know what a first look it, don't worry I'll give you all the details ;)
First Look: When the couple sees each other before the ceremony and shares an intimate moment together to fully embrace seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day.
A couple weeks ago I talked about the importance of having a wedding timeline planned out ahead of time and touched on what goes into making a timeline. The first thing you need to decide when planning your timeline is, is a first look for us? Most couples that opt out of a first look decide it because it is tradition not to see each other before the ceremony or they want the WOW factor of walking down the aisle for the first time. Both perfectly good reasons to choose against a first look! But I'm sharing reasons why you should do a first look.
#1. The Reaction. Ladies let's be real, we all want our grooms to burst into tears and have their jaw drop to the floor the first time they see us. Now imagine you walk out of the doors to walk down the aisle and you see your groom from afar as you near the aisle and your heart is racing and on the verge of tears, but you can't really see his expression because you are so far away...with a first look you'll get to experience his reaction up close and personal
#2. The Experience + Emotions. When you walk down the aisle to meet your future husband and he grabs your hand and you give each other a look that says it all, but you can't say anything. You can't share how excited you are and he can't tell you how stunning you look and you can't hug and kiss each other...all you get is a "look". The emotions of seeing each other for the first time get swept away as you stand for your ceremony. For a first look you'll get to fully experience seeing each other for the first time and cry, hug, laugh and kiss each other with no reservation! And having that moment documented is priceless.
#3. Intimate + Private. During the ceremony all eyes are on you two...literally...they are here to watch you two. So you may hold back on your emotions because you have 100+ eyes watching you, but during a first look you won't be afraid to let the emotion go because you'll be 100% comfortable knowing that it is just you two in this private and intimate moment.
#4. Look Better + Less Stressful + More Time Together + More Photos. They main benefits are #1-#3, but they are looks of added bonuses as well! Since the first look typically takes place right after you finish getting ready you'll look better because your make up + hair will be nice and fresh :) For a first look I typically always have wedding party and family photos happen before the ceremony, so after the ceremony you don't have to stress about finding family and everyone can go straight to the party and relax. You'll actually spend more time together on one of the most important days of your lives! Usually time is limited to an hour or so between the ceremony and reception (cocktail hour) and in that time we have to fit in wedding party, family and B&G photos which is a tight squeeze. With a first look we can plan out as much time as we want before the ceremony to capture all the important photos you would like, which results in more photos!
#5. Don't Feel Pressured. It is not a requirement to do a first look and it completely up to you guys as a couple! I believe in educating my couples so that they can fully make the decision that best for them. Whether you choose to do one or not your day will still be beautiful :)
What have you decided for your wedding? Or if you are already married, what did you decide and why? Share your thoughts in the comments!