What is a first look? It’s an experience brides and grooms are opting for instead of waiting to see each other before the wedding. A private meeting is arranged and the bride and groom will get to see each other before for the first time.
Okay, first look…. I’m super happy we did this and so is Mike. It settled both of our nerves quite a bit, so that by the time the wedding rolled around, we were relaxed and excited to be getting married. It was super special for both of us because it was the only time during the whole day that we weren’t being bombarded by someone, needing “just a couple minutes of our time.” It gave us just five minutes to tell one another how much we loved the other and to truly relish the fact that we were about to be man and wife. And the rest of the pictures being taken right after that was great. No one had to wait around for all of that to be done during the start of the reception. I will recommend to every couple from now until forever that they have that moment together and that they do the rest of the photographs before the ceremony as well. – Katrina Sheppard
What is a first look? It’s an experience brides and grooms are opting for instead of waiting to see eachother before the wedding. A private meeting is arranged and the bride and groom will get to see eachother before for the first time.
I’ve posted this before, but I am such an advocate for the first look. I had to share Alexah’s email about her experience. Aside from the fact that you get to join party right away after the ceremony, but I also feel like it provides an intimate experience and sets the tone for the wedding. It really gives the bride and groom a minute to soak in what is really happening. After all the hard work and planning, this is the time for them to really enjoy each other.
“During wedding planning the very first thing I did after setting a wedding date was book our photographer. Before buying a dress, booking a caterer, a bartender, even a venue, I booked our photographer. I spent a good two months researching photographers before I contacted Tamara, and one of the things that I loved about her photography was her photo-journalist style, which to me is encompassed in the “First Look” pictures. As a photographer myself I knew that you cannot control every variable there is surrounding a ceremony, even the most seasoned and prepared photographer can have issues arise, so between that and the fact that I was preparing to have the worlds shortest ceremony, it made the first look photo’s a “no-brainer.” The part that I didn’t anticipate was how much more pleasant the wedding day would go doing pictures ahead of time. It would be an understatement to say I was stressed at the start of my wedding day, once Tamara arrived things went much more smoothly. I cannot imagine Tamara not being there because she was the only one who was really able to calm my nerves until we started pictures and I was able to see Garrett (my husband). I don’t think I would have been as calm and able to enjoy my ceremony had I not been able to see him before the wedding, the pictures we did before the ceremony were priceless, they were romantic, fun, whimsical and intimate, which is what our wedding was about. I know we could not have gotten anything near that quality or with that emotion had we done them after the ceremony, not to mention after the ceremony I just wanted to get to the “fun part” so to speak and felt guilty enough as it was taking the few wedding party and family photo’s that we did (once again Tamara calmed me down about “taking too long” as well). In short, we planned the first look photo’s more out of convenience but now I cannot imagine doing them any other way, nor having any other photographer. Thank you for all your help and the beautiful photos we will have to last a lifetime, Tamara!” – Garrett and Alexah Rush
I’m a huge advocate for the first look. I’m soooooo sad I didn’t do one with my husband. If I could turn back time I’d do a first look.
Anyway, 90% of my brides opt for the first look and I think it’s a great way to have that special moment with their grooms.
I’d asked Amy to give me her experience from the first look.
I loved the first look because it was such a special moment, different then I expected and it was just us – so I wasn’t nervous because all the guests were staring at me, it was just that anticipation type of nerves, adrenaline almost. It was just him and me. And Joe could react however he wanted to – he didn’t need to be stoically standing with our officiant. The first look allowed us to really gather ourselves and actually made us less nervous about walking down the aisle and speaking in front of 200+ people. Also, it made me feel so beautiful and special because Joe was able to say all the things he was thinking when he first saw me. He told me how beautiful I looked over and over and we were able to just be stunned for a while. I cried a little, which got it out of my system (kind of), and Joe held me because it was so cold outside (shout out to winter weddings!) We comforted and complimented each other and got to take all our formal pictures before the actual wedding. Now that you know Joe and my personalities a little better, we didn’t want to take pictures after the wedding, we wanted to get to the party as soon as we could! This allowed so much more time to work the room and say hi to family and friends that we hadn’t talked to yet, thank everyone for coming, and just mingle. I didn’t feel stressed, time-wise, and was actually able to relax and just have fun. We think the guests really appreciated it too. Everything at our wedding was perfect, including the first look!