Post # 1
What does everyone think of the idea of “first look” photos? Do they ruin the moment? We’re getting married at 6pm in the winter, so it will be black dark by the time the ceremony is over so outdoor photos will not be an option. My photographer had suggested doing some photos before the ceremony. But I am SO afraid it will ruin the “coming down the aisle” moment.?????
Post # 3
It doesn’t ruin it at all. We did one and it was the best decision I made. It was such a special moment between us and we got some really amazing pictures. I was soooo anxious when walking down the aisle, I didn’t even really pay attention to what was going on.
Post # 4
I would talk to your groom. Does he want to see you then or at the ceremony for the first time? Mine wants to wait. I had a friend whose fiance wanted to take them before the wedding, and he put his foot down the night before that he wanted to be surprised and see her the first time down the aisle.
Post # 5
We’re choosing to do “first look” photos before the guests arrive, the space is really small, so we wont have anywhere to take proper photos after the ceremony. I don’t think it’s going to ruin the moment at all. It’s going to be like a slow-motion entrance from a movie… the music will be playing, everyone will be looking at you, and at the end of the aisle, your groom will be smiling ear-to-ear, eagerly waiting for you. It’ll still be perfect 🙂
Post # 6
We did a first look and my groom loved it. He’s not one to have a lot of attention on him, he can be a bit shy, so the first look allowed us to have an intimate moment with just the two of us. I love the pictures we got.
Post # 7
@stacey1313: We did a first look & it was absolutely the best decision! We got pictures of the two of us & then all of our family/bridal party pictures out of the way before the ceremony. After pictures, I went back to my bridal suite for about 15 minutes to wait for the ceremony to start.
Walking down the aisle to my husband was still a magical moment and he ended up crying watching me walk toward him (even though he had already seen me). After the ceremony, we did a quick little “just married” shoot and then we went straight to the reception. I would definitely recommend a first look but like a PP said, talk to your husband and make the decision together.
Post # 8
@stacey1313: were also getting married in the winter, so i totally understand you. We’ll run out of light if we dont do the first look. Personally, I’m excited! We will get to go right into the party, our guests wont have to endure the dreaded “gap” and I think it will really help with the nerves. Seeing you walk down the aise will stil be pretty awesome for the both of you… Seeing him beforehand wont chage that.
Post # 9
First Looks are the best thing ever!!! I think you get a better “moment” with a first look than you do at the aisle and it’s more convenient. This was one of the easiest decsisions in my wedding!
Post # 10
We did a first look. It was a beautiful moment, but neither of us cried. However, we both cried when I walked down the aisle.
We were hoping to do all bridal party photos before the ceremony, but couldn’t due to time. We spent most of cocktail hour taking photos, and I wish we could have gotten them all out of the way before.
Post # 11
I was happy with my decision to do a first look. It gave me and my husband an hour to spend some private moments together before the wedding. Since we also took our bridal party photos before the ceremony we were able to spend quality time with our guests at the reception.
Post # 12
We also did a first look, and it was AMAZING. We had the most intimate moment, we were both near tears, we had amazing pictures… and the intimacy between us was magical. I was so happy that we did it. And then walking down the aisle… that all went so fast. Both of us were happy, smiling, and still crying. It didn’t ruin anything at all! Our photos of the walk were still beautiful and completely full of emotion.
Post # 13
Thank you, thank you, thank you! All of these comments completely just killed the mini panic attack Ive been having about it!
Post # 14
while I love the photos of the 1st looks and its really the best time to take photos with the groom, I have always since I was a little girl, told myself I am not doing a 1st look. That my groom is not seeing me and I am not seeing him till I walk down that aisle. once it hits midnight a we are not seeing each other till the I do’s! My sister in law did it that way too and she said she doesn’t regret it. I’m confidant in my choice. I however having a first look with my dad. go think that will make it more special for him.
Post # 15
Our first look was one of our favorite moments from our wedding. Seeing my DH in a tux really made the whole day seem real. It was a giddy, emotional time and I’m glad we got to share it privately. It really eased my nerves for the rest of the afternoon. It didn’t take anything away from the magic of walking down the aisle.