5 reasons to do a First Look on your wedding day!

 

A “First look” or “Reveal” is when a couple meets privately before their ceremony, thus breaking with the tradition of not seeing each other until the actual I do’s. For some couples, not seeing each other before the ceremony is really important. However, for others a First Look is a really great opportunity to get some wonderful images, have a special moment together, and streamline their wedding timeline/schedule. I’m always excited when couples tell me that they’re considering doing a First Look because I absolutely love photographing them!

Here are my top 5 reasons for doing a first look:

 

1. A First Look makes for beautiful photographs

First looks are emotional and beautiful. I love the look of delighted, surprised or teary-eyed smiles that appear on bride and groom’s faces when they do a reveal. Those are incredible moments to photograph! I also I don’t think it ruins that moment of seeing your spouse-to-be walk down the aisle. I’ve seen brides and grooms cry at both the first look and then again at the ceremony! There’s tons of excitement in that moment even after doing a First Look.

Groom cries during First Look on his wedding day

Leah and Brendan’s Reveal makes my heart melt

groom is emotional during reveal with his bride-to-be

2. Streamlining your timeline

By doing a First Look we are often able to get a chunk of photos done before the ceremony. That way you can have your cocktail hour or reception immediately after or very soon after the ceremony. Not only does this simplify your timeline, but it also makes it so that guests aren’t left wondering what to do in the hours in between the ceremony and reception.

same-sex couple does a first look on their wedding day

Same-Sex wedding first look

Love the fact that Kirk & Ryan decided to do a First Look

Same-Sex couple sees each other before ceremony

Two Groom see each other before their same-sex wedding

3. You get to share a moment just the two of you before saying “I do”

Often with the hustle and bustle of the day, couples barely get a moment to themselves. Doing a First Look is a chance to be together and share your excitement before the ceremony. Of course there’s the photographer and second shooter there as well, but I promise we’ll give you space and time to just have a minute to yourselves.

groom cries as he sees his bride on their wedding day

This reveal was so sweet

groom cries when he sees his bride-to-be at their reveal

groom kisses bride's hand

4. It’s a chance to see each other all dressed up for the first time in a more intimate way

Sometimes with the anticipation of walking down the aisle you don’t get a chance to really take in the scene and appreciate the moment. The first look is more intimate in that sense. That is also why I always recommend that the First Look be done with just the bride and groom not with the bridal party or family present.

This was one of my favourite moments from Jayme & Kevin’s wedding day

Bride and groom share a first look on their wedding day

5. Your photos are done before the ceremony

With many of your photos done before the ceremony you’ll have more time to relax and fully enjoy the ceremony and reception. Awesome, right?

First look during winter wedding

We did Jon & Michelle‘s reveal in one of the couple’s favourite spots

winter wedding first look

 

Of course all that being said, the First Look is not for everyone. For some couples they’d rather not see each other until the ceremony. Each couple is unique and each wedding should be a reflection of that.

p.s. There are also some fun alternatives to First Looks such as doing a Reveal with your bridesmaids or parents before the ceremony.

bridesmaids are excited to see the bride all dressed

dad is emotional when he sees his daughter in bridal gown

Dad is emotional when he sees the bride on her wedding day

Or doing what Stephanie and William did and hold hands around corner or door. They got t0 say a few loving words to each other before the ceremony but didn’t break tradition by seeing each other.

bride and groom before wedding ceremony

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