The groom seeing his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle is a tradition that dates back to the time of Your. But these days, more and more couples are deciding to do a first look.


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A first look is a fun intimate moment between the bride and groom before the ceremony that is captured by their photographer and videographer.

We’ve been photographing weddings for over 3 years now, and have started to love when couples decide to do a first look. It’s ultimately your decision, but here are a few reasons why you should do a first look

Our Top 6 Reasons WHY You Should Do A First Look On Your Wedding Day

Calm your nerves

Getting wedding day jitters is totally normal, especially when you have two cameras pointed directly in your face. You might be anxious about reading your vows in front of all your family and friends. I know I would be. For many couples, having that private moment with their significant other before the ceremony helps calm both of their nerves, and release that built up stress.

Get your portraits done early

Wedding photos are one of my favorite parts of the day, but they do take a lot of time. If you leave portraits until after the ceremony, you will have to take family photos, plus wedding party photos. In my experience, family photos usually end up running behind, so getting your couples portraits done early will benefit everyone. You won’t have to take so many photos after the ceremony, and your guests won’t be waiting for y’all at cocktail hour.


Be Present in the Moment

Your wedding day will fly by in a blur. I’ve heard this time and time again from couples, how they couldn’t believe how fast the day went. That’s why it’s so important to get some amazing photos, and take a moment to breathe and take the day in. A first look will give you an amazing opportunity to relax and have a special moment together.

The emotion will be there no matter what

If you are afraid that seeing your significant other before the wedding will remove those emotions…. It will not. I have worked with many couples who waited to walk down the aisle, as well as couples who opted to do a first look, and both were amazing. You can really feel the emotion, the happiness and true joy on both. Take a look at this reaction and tell me which you think this is?

You will look your best

If you decide to do a first look, it’s usually right after you finished your makeup and put your dress on. You will look amazing and have so much excitement. A first look is such a great time to capture you and your significant other when you both look amazing

It’s your wedding

People have been breaking traditions more and more as of late. It’s your wedding after all, and the decision is in your hands. When you decide whether or not to have a first look, make sure you are both comfortable and on the same page.

Here’s two recent videos for you to check out. One with a first look and one without. Decide which you prefer and go from there.

Ultimately, it’s your decision. Here’s some thoughts on why you shouldn’t have a first look.


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