Traditional marriages dictate that it’s bad luck for a groom to see the bride before the ceremony, but what happens when couples break tradition and opt for a first look? One word…magic. For those of you who haven’t heard about this crazy trend, a first look is when a couple gets to see each other in their suit, dress, etc., before the ceremony. It is an incredibly intimate moment that allows the bride and groom to spend a few moments alone without the pressure of an audience.
First looks are an amazing way for a couple to share that incredible moment of love and anticipation that comes with staring down the aisle at each other in a private, personal and deeply emotional one-on-one way. There is nothing we love more than capturing the moment a groom sees his bride coming down the aisle, but that emotion is only amplified during a first look because there are no distractions and no audience.
First looks aren’t just for the bride and groom though! Many brides choose to do a first look with their dads, a moment that is just as–if not more–special than a typical first look. Nothing is more heartwarming than a bride’s father tearing up as he sees her in her dress for the first time, and the love that fills the room as he prepares to walk her down the aisle is incredible to witness.
So is a first look right for you? There are a lot of factors that go into determining whether this is a viable option for you. It is important to consider tradition and superstitions, doing a “first look” means that the traditional moment of the groom seeing the bride for the first time as she comes down the aisle is no longer an option. However, it enables to couple to share that moment alone and can calm any pre-wedding jitters either of them may have–ultimately making that walk down the aisle even more special.
We absolutely love the photos we are able to capture during the first look, so we always advocate for it. Deciding to do a first look with your partner is a very personal decision, but you can always do one with your parents for photos that are just as moving and beautiful. Whether you share a first look with your parent or spouse-to-be, the photos and moment are sure to be magical in every way.