Life through a lens

First Look

What is the First Look?  It is when the bride and groom choose to see each other before the ceremony in order to get most, if not all, the formal photos out of the way so that everyone arrives at the reception at the same time.  Once the bride and groom are ready, the photographer coordinates the First Look, usually by taking the groom somewhere secluded and intimate where he awaits his beautiful bride.  When she arrives, they are able to take each other in for the first time on their day.  The couple is able to say things to each other during that time that they would never be able to say at the alter.  As the photographer, I love it when a couple chooses this option for several reasons:

1)  I am able to capture the raw emotion of the bride and groom as they see each other for the first time without 300+ guests watching them.  They are able to express that emotion to each other instead of keeping it all in until after the ceremony.

2)  We are able to take photos in natural light

3)  The couple is able to have a mini photo shoot of just the two of them

4)  The day flows much smoother when there’s no added stress to get quick photos of everyone after the ceremony

5)  Everyone gets to the reception at the same time and the couple doesn’t miss seeing guests that leave early due to taking formal photos

My husband and I did not do a First Look because, at the time, I had no idea what one was.  We waited to see each other until the ceremony.  And that ‘look’ on my husband’s face, well, it wasn’t that awesome…

He looks scared and really nervous, like he’s about to puke.  Not exactly what I was hoping for, but luckily he got to tell me later what he was thinking and feeling.  I just wish we would have had that time before all the rush to take it all in together.

Obviously, this is your day and your decision.  I just hope I can educate someone about this opportunity that they otherwise wouldn’t have known.

And to show you what I’m talking about, here’s a few photos from the First Look at Jared & Sarah’s wedding:

He was so nervous and excited as he heard Sarah approaching…


More to come from their wedding in the next post!  Happy Friday!

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5 responses

  1. Kacie Roberts

    Hey Cassy! Came across your blog, congrats on the success you’ve had with photography. You are talanted! Jason and I chose to do the “First Look”, and I highly recommend it. I hadn’t heard of it until my florist mentioned it, and at first I was thought no way, but the more I thought about, I decided it was a good idea. Our pictures were great, and it gave us a chance to have a quiet moment together before all the chaos. Won’t ever forget it.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:01 am

    • Cassy

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you guys got to do the first look and loved it. I really wish Matt and I had. We got to our reception over an hour after everyone else, and some people we never got to see because they had already left. I think its a great thing for everyone all around!

      June 3, 2010 at 11:30 pm

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