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The Benefits Of Doing A First Look

The Benefits Of Doing A First Look

By now, you've probably heard of the superstition that it's bad luck for couples to see each other on their wedding day. However, the "first look" trend has caught on over the last few years and gained immense popularity. The first look is a private, intimate moment between partners when they first see each other on their wedding day, before the ceremony.

Gabe and Genesis's first look at Ashley Ridge

Here are some reasons why first looks are becoming increasingly popular among couples.

Reduced Wedding Day Stress

Having some wedding day jitters is normal, right? A first look provides a calm and private setting, allowing you and your partner to have some quiet moments together before the chaos of the ceremony and reception. Spending time with your favorite person can help ease wedding day stress and remind you to focus on each other and enjoy the moment.


More Time for Wedding Portraits

More photos are always a good thing. A first look allows you to take portraits before the ceremony. This is particularly beneficial if you want to take advantage of the best light for photos while minimizing the time spent away from your guests.


Increased Intimacy

A first look provides a private and intimate moment for you and your partner to share, just the two of you. This moment allows you to connect on a deeper level, making it a memory you'll always cherish.


A Unique Photo Opportunity

We've seen some incredible first-look photos that capture all the raw emotions as the couple sees each other for the first time. These photos are beautiful and emotional and often become some of the most treasured wedding day memories.

Troy Katie First Look at Lyndsay Grove by Wedgewood Weddings

The first look can be a beautiful way to start your marriage journey and create beautiful and lasting memories of the most special day in your life. Whether you're a traditionalist or an advocate for contemporary trends, the first look is worth considering as an addition to your wedding day plans.

We spoke with renowned photographer Aaron T from A Perfect Impression, and he shared his thoughts on why he loves it when couples do a first look. 

  • What are the benefits of doing a first look?
    • The first look works so well on your wedding day for many reasons. It gives you time and space to have real intimacy with your future spouse, with more time for couple photos than you could ever do during a cocktail hour.
    • Another main benefit is that we can get the couple alone. Try doing that after the ceremony! 

Bride hugging groom before first look - Golden Gate Club at the Presidio - Wedgewood Weddings - 1

  • How do first-look photos help with wedding day nerves?
    • You both may have some nerves, and that's completely normal. Nobody else on that day will better understand the emotions you're going through as your lives are about to change in an amazing and exciting new way. 
    • It also makes the exchange of looks down the aisle even better because you've had a chance to connect before the whirlwind kicks off!
  • Why is it helpful to have more time for family portraits?
    • Many people think that getting to the ceremony is stressful. Getting through the family photos is the most stressful! Sometimes, a couple feels frazzled after family photos because it took longer than they expected.
    • Completing your photos before the ceremony will allow you to join the party and be in the moment with family and friends. We usually see couples who do a first look enjoy cocktail hour for a half hour or longer, compared to couples who skip the first look. 

First Look at Tapestry House

 

Thanks, Aaron, for all your insight on why a first look may be the right choice for you. For more tips from a seasoned wedding photographer, be sure to check out this interview as well as this handy guide for all the can't-miss photos you'll want captured on your big day! 

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