First Look Photos

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

kellynn323:  I am doing the first look because we will be able to take a lot of picture before the wedding and knoe people that have done it and they were so happy they had done so. They recomended 100% because they say the day will go buy so fast, they was able to enjoy their cocktail hour. 

Post # 4
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

we are doing it because we want as much time together on our wedding day as possible and we would like our first moments together to be private and not with a huge crowd. We will barely be alone the rest if the day, so that 20 minutes will be very special to us.

You can do everything except large group shits before the ceremony and do everything else at cocktail hour (maybe lengthen to 90 minutes) and be fine. My sister did it, but as a BM, I felt rushed and like I was missing out on the fun at cocktail hour. 

Post # 5
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

kellynn323:  We are planning on it. We plan on taking all of our formal pictures with the bridal party and family before our ceremony. our list of reasons

  • I think spending time and taking pictures before the ceremony, ensures they wont be rushed, we will get what we want and that everyone important to us will be there surrounding us with love before we go down the aisle. 
  • FI & I rarely do things apart, so I think it would make us both anxious to be in the same place, just waiting around until the ceremony to see each other. Especially FI, with his anxiety about large groups of people (particularly people he knows… ) being together will hep settle those nerves. 
  • I think those pictures are always “extra special” and a unique moment between a bride and a groom. To me thats a personal moment, not one I care to have in front almost everyone we know.  
  • I personally dont feel it takes away from the walk down the aisle. That walk is about excitement and aniticipation about what is next- not about seeing each other as a bride/groom for the first time. 
Post # 6
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - The Fox Hill Inn

We are doing a first look mainly due to timing of the day. We are having our ceremony & reception at the same venue, which starts at 6 pm. Since it’s a Saturday night wedding, they also have a wedding earlier in the day so we cannot arrive at the venue before 5:15. My FI was a little uneasy about a first look because of “tradition” but I told him if he wanted to eat his dinner (which was his #1 must have for a venue – great food!) then this would give him more time of sitting and eating and less taking photos and getting pulled from table to table during the reception. He’s come around to the idea because he understands the lack of time we have at the venue before the ceremony, and the sun will be setting shortly after. So to not add unnecessary stress to the day, we’ve opted to find a location in the area for first look & bridal party photos before the ceremony. Plus, I told him that we needed pretty pictures of us walking down the aisle, not of us sobbing! Little happy tears are okay though 🙂 Just being able to enjoy our cocktail hour with our guests & actually eating all the delicious food we are paying for sold my FI on the first look decision.

Post # 8
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

kellynn323:  We are doing a first look, for many reasons.

  1. It’s an outdoor ceremony and tent reception all fairly close together.  There’s no place to go take photos where guests won’t be wandering around.
  2. We don’t have time for photos after the ceremony because the venue has an early close.
  3. I don’t want to keep our wedding party from enjoying the reception because they’re stuck taking pictures.
  4. I want those few special, quiet moments with Mr. S before we really begin the shenanigans since from what I hear, you won’t be alone together again until you leave at the end of the night.  Uh, hi.  It’s our wedding, I’d like at least a little time with my husband.
  5. I hate being a guest at weddings where we’re waiting around forever while they take photos.  The last time that happened, the photos took twice as long as they planned for so appetizers ran out and nearly all the guests ended up shitfaced by the time they arrived. Which in turn ran up their bar bill significantly.  And then we still had to wait on a plated dinner to be served.  
Post # 9
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

kellynn323: For logistical reasons, we are doing first look and family photos before the ceremony. I would hate for my guests to be waiting around during cocktail hour if we run over our time to take all the photos we want. Plus, I’d want that private moment beforehand to calm our nerves and I don’t believe it will take away that emotion we’ll feel when he sees me walking down the aisle.

On the other hand, a nice compromise that I’m considering is to do first touch photos. The bride and groom are hidden on either side of a door, wall, or corner so they won’t see each other, but they’ll be able to hold hands, talk to each other, and exchange cards or gifts all while getting their photos done. 

Post # 10
2800 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am totally on the first look train.  I want to enjoy my reception.  I’m paying for it!  I understand that a lot of people do photos durring their cocktail hour, but I always find it really weird that you are at a party for someone and they aren’t there. 

Post # 11
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our first look & time together alone before the craziness wad my favorite part of the day – AND we did them at 9:00 am for an 11 am ceremony. I’m not a morning person at all, and it wad still totally worth it. Like PP also mentioned, we also had time for a few moments to ourselves before going straight to the reception. I was still plenty excited to see him ad I walked down the aisle. 

Post # 12
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


kellynn323:  We were married in October and we did a first look!  It was at where we met for the first time.  He was even sitting in the same stool he was that day when we met.  🙂  We had the bridal party meet us there for pictures as well.  We got a lot of great shots!  It was very special. 🙂








Post # 14
221 posts
Helper bee

I don’t feel comfortable posting the pictures, but my hands down favorite picture of the whole night is our first look. The expression on my husbands face, a perfect mixture of awe,love, happiness with a touch of fixing to cry, is priceless. There is not way the lighting, distance, ect would have been that spot on at the aisle. In addition my hair was still perfect and I really enjoyed going straight  to the party and have the time to eat dinner. Wouldn’t have don’t it any other way

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