Now that the busy wedding season is upon us, a big question I get asked is:
In a heartbeat, my answer will always be, “Yes!” But here is the thing. Not only is it my professional opinion as a photographer, but I was also a bride a few years ago and regret not doing one with my groom. I did have a first look, but it was with my bridesmaids. So before you start stressing out, hear me out. It doesn’t matter if you decide to have two first looks or none. As your photographer, I support every decision you make and make THE best out of it.
Some of you might be wondering.
Brides.com defines it as:
The first look is when a couple sees each other for the first time on their wedding day. This intimate moment typically makes for an emotional photo opportunity.
I know what you’re thinking.
“It’s bad luck, isn’t it?!”
“But I want him to get emotional when I walk down the aisle.”
And I hear you! THOSE WERE MY EXACT THOUGHTS when I was in your shoes a few years ago. Then, I had no idea what a first look was, and now it’s one of my biggest regrets! Why? There were so many thoughts and emotions going through my mind and heart, I wanted to tell him many things, but I couldn’t. At least not until the ceremony was done, and guess what? The moment had already passed.
From a wedding photographer’s (and personal) point of view, here are the pros of doing a first look.
And honestly, that is the only con that comes to mind! If you’re Hispanic like me, you’ve heard that seeing each other before the ceremony is bad luck. So, I’ll share another blog post explaining where this tradition came from and why it no longer applies.
Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Reach out, and let’s have a chat!