I really enjoy First Looks, and for so many reasons. I enjoy them so much that Scott and I did a First Look for our wedding day. If you have never heard of a First Look let me explain a little. A First Look is when you and your Groom see each other before the ceremony. This is a special time for both of you and I am excited to share all the benefits of having a First Look!
There were several reasons why we had a First Look, but mainly, it was important because of where our ceremony was to be, and how it was going to happen. We got married on Hatteras Island in North Carolina right on the beach in front of the ocean, which means I had to walk up and down a pretty big sand dune to get to the ceremony site. Without the First Look, Scott and I would have seen each other for the first time right before the ceremony from pretty far away, about 150 feet away. I wanted to be near him when he saw me for the first time so I could see his reaction to my dress and my hair and how I looked. From so far away the impression would have been lost, and I didn’t want that. Seeing his reaction close up was more important to me than if we saw each other for the first time minutes before we said our vows.
We did a First Look and I loved it. It was just Scott and I on the beach with our photographers and both of us had the chance to see each other’s reaction up close and have a few minutes together to say hi and talk before the ceremony started.
Over half of our couples want First Looks and I am always so excited when they want to do one. If you are someone who does not want to do a First Look – that is totally fine! Like I said, over half of our couples do them, but that still means there are many couples who do not want to do a First Look. We are happy to work with them to add more time during their sunset portraits to get some extra shots in!
Here are the top 3 reasons to do a First Look.
Those are my top 3 tips for why you should do a First Look. If you are not into First Looks, that is totally okay! We never want to push a First Look on a couple who isn’t interested in one, but we like them to know it is an option. All of our wedding days are different, we just know that we love First Looks and more then half of our couples do as well!
This is an image from Chelsea walking with her dad down the aisle during the ceremony – Even though Brian and Chelsea did a First Look, both of them teared up while she came down the aisle.
I am an Ohio based photographer who loves photographing weddings and engagements, traveling to beautiful sandy beaches, running after our adorable son Wyatt and border collie Bentley. A chips and salsa freak. Lover of coconut smelling lotions - candles - tea - desserts and... well anything that smells coconuty, and finally warm summer nights on our patio! Come hang out with me on Instagram and Facebook!