Updated: Dec 1, 2021
The day has already flown by. Before you realized it, you've arrived at your venue, hung out with your groomsmen, and already started to get into your suit. Then it hits you: you're about to see your bride for the first time. You've known this day would come, but it just doesn't feel real. And before you know it, you're standing there, waiting, as your hear her footsteps slowly come towards you...
There he is, standing, waiting for you to call out his name. The memories of meeting, dating, and being engaged all flood into your memory as you softly walk closer to him. You can't wait for him to see you, in the perfect dress on the perfect day. You stop a few yards away, just to make sure that when he turns, he can see all of you the moment his eyes turn around. The butterflies are really flying now, and you open your mouth to ask to him to turn around...
Sure, you can call us "hopeless romantics" but the "First Look" will forever be one of our all-time favorite moments of the wedding day! The intimacy and joy that flows from a bride and groom seeing each other from the first time is something so beautiful, it's often hard to put into words. So we'd love to just take a moment to share some of the best reasons why you should consider the "First Look" for your wedding day!
This is going to come as a shock to you, but your wedding day won't last forever. Each moment is precious, and the more we can maximize your time on your wedding day, the better! Although your family formals, bridal party, and bride and groom portraits can be taken at any time during the day, the day tends to become slightly "back-end heavy" when all of those sessions have to happen after the ceremony. Suddenly, you are missing out on your cocktail hour and spending time with your guests because you are having to get all of your portraits done at one time. Instead, when you do a First Look, you can get most of your "Bride and Groom" portraits done immediately afterwards and move right on into your bridal party and your family formals! This leaves you with nothing but a few "Husband and Wife" portraits after the ceremony and then you are free to dance the night away at your reception!
Although SO many men hear how "You will want to see her the first time when she comes down the aisle", we've quickly learned that some of our guys loved the fact that they could be totally themselves during their First Look. They didn't have to hold back tears, and they didn't have to be self-conscious of the fact that everyone in the room is staring at them the first time they see their bride. This tradition has been around for a long time, and while some of our guys still want to see her the first time when she walks down the aisle (Which is totally fine with us!), we've never met the groom who said "I wish I would have waited" after the First Look. So, if you are a groom who has heard been told they HAVE to wait until the ceremony, we'd like to lovingly come alongside you and remind you: this day is about you and your bride. You two can make this day exactly what you want it to be!
We would feel dishonest if we didn't end this with a tiny disclaimer: we had a first look at our wedding. Yes yes, we know, we have a very biased opinion on this topic; but that is precisely why we feel so strongly about this and want to invite any couple to consider it. Our day flowed so smoothly, and we had so much more time to spend with our friends and family. So if you are on the fence, allow us to be the deciding factor: First Looks are worth it, we promise!
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