Post # 1
My fiance and I’s photographer wants to do first-look photographs before our ceremony which is not something I have considered before. This might sound stupid but I always believed it was bad luck to see your groom before you got married. I suppose this is probably an outdated and old-fashioned way of thinking. There is something to be said about having those pictures of my fiance’s face when he sees me the first time as a bride. I sitll have mixed feelings though…Did anyone else do first-look photos?
Post # 3
Yes I did and it was worth it to me. You get to fully experience the moment together rather than from afar.
Post # 4
This article helped convince me. I mean, I always was leaning towards it, but this made it a logistical choice for FI and myself
Post # 5
I also thought it might be a nice moment that we can share together and alone before the ceremony and the excitement of the reception and celebrating. I have seen samples of our photographer’s photographs of “first-look” photos and they are gorgeous. I suppose I need to quit being so “old-school” about it. 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
I originally did not want to do a first look, but my husband and my photographers convinced me otherwise. I’m glad that they did. 🙂 A lot of things went wrong the morning of our wedding and I was so upset and nervous all day. Seeing my soon-to-be husband before the ceremony, just the two of us, was one of the most calming moments of the day. I know it’s a tough decision and I’m sure whatever you decide to do will be wonderful, but now that the wedding is over I am so, so happy we had a first look and a moment to ourselves.
Post # 7
We did a first look and I am so happy we did! We were able to enjoy every aspect of our wedding this way without having to be taken away for a ton of pictures. We also ended up including our bridal party in our first look since we were truly so close to all of them. It was a very special moment that I would never regreat.
Post # 8
Yes, that is one aspect of “first look” photos that I am looking forward to. Having a moment to ourselves before the ceremony and the excitement of the reception and celebration. And also, my fiance and I are having a 6 pm ceremony with a reception afterwards. So we don’t have a choice but to do photographs with us, the family, and our bridal party beforehand. I like that aspect so that guest won’t have to wait after the ceremony for us to arrive! 🙂
Post # 9
We did a first look and all formal photos with the wedding party before the ceremony, and it was one of the best decisions we made!
I was a bundle of nerves before seeing my husband, but having our moment together before the ceremony totally made the ceremony itself much less nerve-wracking. I enjoyed getting to see him and show off my dress and hair/makeup alone instead of in front of an audience– we got to share a moment that I will always remember. It didn’t reduce the amazing moment of walking down the aisle and being given away by my father at all.
Post # 10
@lovelylight99: We did them. However, I already KNEW I wanted to do them, H was just like “Sure!”
Plus we walked right into the ceremony space together (an outdoor space) so the timing/placement was perfect for our situation.
So if you aren’t sold on the idea, and you have some odd belief in superstitions, don’t let someone talk you into it.
Post # 11
It all depends on how *you* feel about it.
I have seen some GORGEOUS and lovely and sweet first look photos. My photographer suggested it to my FI and I, and while I *do* love the concept and the look of the photos, FI and I both really want the first time he sees me on our wedding day to be when I’m coming down the aisle.
…not doing a first look is going to make it so hard not to kiss him until after our vows when I reach the end of the aisle, though! 😉
Post # 12
I think I will probably stick with the “first look” photographs because our ceremony is at 6 pm in the evening and for the purpose of saving time and having good lighting, have to take pictures beforehand. And “first look” photos are moments you can’t get back again. 🙂
Post # 13
I think were going to do the pictures where we are on other sides of a wall so we don’t see each but can hold hands and get cute pictures before
Post # 14
Growing up, I always wanted the first look to be while I was walking down the aisle. Even when I started planning our wedding, I didn’t want to see FI before the actual ceremony. However, practicality has changed all of that. Our reception is only 4.5 hours. I really want to spend that time with FI and guests. I don’t want people to be waiting for us for an hour while we take our photos. So, that’s my main reason. 🙂
Post # 15
We tossed around the idea, but I really had my heart set on the big reveal at the altar. I told the photographer to focus on him when I first came in… there would be plenty photos of me throughout the day. I have no regrets that we didn’t do a first look. She got an amazing shot and we had plenty of time to get some great shots of just the two of us after family photos during the cocktail hour.
Post # 16
I personally really want to do one because we are going to have a really tight schedule for the day of and I want to get as many pictures as possible out of the way before the ceremony.