You may or may not have heard of a ‘first look’. A ‘first look’ is where a couple chooses to see each other before the wedding ceremony. Usually this happens somewhere private. The groom will wait for the bride and when she arrives he turns around and they see each other for the first time on their wedding day. There are other ways to do it too. For example the bride and groom are placed next to each other, hands covering their eyes, and they look at the same time. Whatever way you choose to do it here are the reasons why you might opt for a ‘first look’.
Some couples just like the idea of breaking tradition and doing their own thing. But for most couples it’s about having a special moment together while all is still quite and calm. For anyone who might be nervous about the ceremony it’s a great way to ease the anticipation. Some couples will also take a few wedding portraits after their ‘first look’ so they have more time to spend with guests during cocktail hour. If your ceremony is late in the day a ‘first look’ allows you the opportunity to take all the group photos or wedding portraits earlier on while there is still daylight and giving you more time to relax and party later! Sometimes a ‘first look’ can be more emotional as the couple is more at ease. As a photographer I keep quiet in the background documenting the moment, letting the couple have their time together. So would you opt for a ‘first look’? If you are still curious you can always seek advice from your photographer.