There’s so many moments about a wedding day that I adore.
Every once in awhile, I get asked the question, “Do you require couples to have a first look on the wedding day?” Quick answer: No, it’s ultimately up to the both of you! However… keep reading!
From my point of view, photographing a first look is pretty darn magical. In those tiny moments, there’s just a genuine joy that’s hard to describe. I also love the little snuggles, tears, and giggles… because that’s not something that always happens down at the alter. With a first look, you have the chance to talk to each other. This has been huge for some couples! It’s a great quiet time before the hustle and bustle of the wedding day and maybe a rare chance that it will be just the two of you (there will probably be family or the bridal party lingering around afterwards). Quiet moments + couples portraits + chatting = win-win. You’ll get to your reception much faster and you’ll have more variety of images to choose from.
You may be wondering, but what if we (you the bride and groom) don’t opt for a first look? Last year, I started asking the question: Would you like to have a first look with someone else? Perhaps someone that means a lot to you? And oh my gosh, this has been the best. There have been “first looks” with siblings, parents, and grandparents.
Here’s Kasey and her dad. The top image was right before she put her wedding dress on:
Swoon. I teared up. Everyone teared up. And it was beautiful, emotional, and genuine.
So before you completely toss out the idea of a first look, sit and simmer on it for a bit. <3