Post # 1
We’re doing a first look because of budget reasons. I got my dream photographer for 3 hours. 10am-1pm. Our ceremony is at 11am and our reception is at noon. the first look is a nessesity for getting all the shots we want. Paying more isn’t an option-and I don’t want to anyway. I’m happy with my choice.
I’m just scared that it’s going to take away from that magical feeling that brides say that they get. I dont want to cheapen that moment all because I wanted to work in a few reception shots.
Post # 3
we got ready in the same room, rode together in the same vehicle, and took group photos before the ceremony. we were together all morning and day.
and you know what?
the walk was so exciting and magical. i was giddy as a kid in a candy store when i saw him at the front of the aisle.
Post # 4
Coming from the other perspective here…we didn’t do a first look, and the walk down the aisle was NOT magical. I was a nervous wreck, which is super unlike me, this may sound bad but normally I kinda like having the spotlight and I was so excited for that moment where I come down the aisle in front of everyone and my husband and I see eachother for the first time on our wedding day. I actually wish we had done a first look, because I ended up being so nervous with everyone watching that I couldn’t even properly enjoy it. In hindsight I think doing the first look would have been sweet and helped me be more excited with less jitters and nerves about my walk down the aisle.
Post # 5
Yes!!!!! Absolutely… because that is when it really is happening… I started to cry as soon as I rounded the center aisle and she still looked at me like it was the first time
Here I am smiling… the next moment my son is asking me… are you crying
And the tears began to fall… I’m getting married !!!!!! This is where my photographer and videographer also said they started to cry and they have been to a lot of weddings, so that was wonderful to hear that they were so touched by our love and Ceremony
It’s a happy day and the smiles bounced back quite quickly
And she welcomes me with Love and smiles and adoration
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@nativedesires: Awww you look so cuteeeeeeee and happy!!
Post # 7
It absolutely was still magical!! I am not a fan of being in the spotlight, so I had been tense and nervous all day getting ready. I needed that time with him before the ceremony to help calm me and remember why I was there in the first place. We did our bridal pictures right after the first look before the ceremony so our guests wouldn’t have to wait too long on us after.
I wouldn’t have done it any other way. 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
The entire day was magical, so I can’t say that the first look did or did not detract from the walking down the aisle moment. Seriously, I was floating on a cloud that entire weekend. So yeah. What I can tell you is that it was awesome getting all of the photos done before the ceremony so that we could get right down to celebrating with everyone. I am so glad that we did not waste the precious time with friends and family, some of whom we only get to see once every 2ish years.
Post # 9
YES! Walking down the aisle was still magical–it’s such a different feeling from the first look. Taking pics before the ceremony also saves you more time to spend with your friends and family afterward, since you’re not busy taking pictures for an hour+ after the ceremony. If I could do it over again, even if I had the $ to spend on a longer reception, I still would have done a first look.
Post # 10
What exactly is a first look? We checked out the venue first if that’s what it means lol. Can’t say that walking down the aisle was magical, nor was I a nervous wreck. It simply felt like walking in time to some music, that was it.
Post # 11
I did a first look becase my wedding was in winter and our ceremony was later and I wanted some photos in the daylight. I loved our first look, it was definitely special being the only 2 there to see each other before everything and everyone and it helped with the jitters. Its actually the favorite part of my highlight video!
Post # 12
Most definitely – it was VERY magical still.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
YES! Doing a first look was one of the best wedding decisions we made.
I can get super emotional, and I did not want to be walking down the aisle as a blubbering mess. :)- Seeing DH beforehand was awesome. Our photographer made sure it was private- my Mom stayed around the corner until we were “settled”, about five minutes later, so the first time we saw each other in our wedding attire, it was just him and me. He looked SO handsome, and he got to “admire me” in my pretty dress. All my nervousness went away- (almost all, I will admit that right before the ceremony, I did get a couple butterflies)
Walking down the aisle, I felt proud, confident, and assured. I was relaxed, but like PPs wrote, I still felt giddy. I think I enjoyed the moment a lot more, having done the first look…I wasn’t nervous about seeing him.
Post # 14
We did a first look and everything will still magical! I was SOO glad we did the first look, it really helped calm my nerves for the wedding and it didn’t make the walk down the aisle any less special.
Our first look, I really can’t get enough of this picture.
You can’t really tell but this is him crying again while i’m walking down the aisle.
Post # 15
@nativedesires: I <3 when you post pics. U always look so happy. U and ur wife are so cute!
Post # 16
SO glad I found this thread! I was adamant about NO first look, but after thinking about all the logistics and having a sunset timed ceremony, if we want daylight pics, we need to do a first look. I’m usually a ball of nerves too, I think I’d end up feeling like @Wonderstruck did! Hopefully then, FI would calm my nerves 🙂