Post # 1
Any one opted to do a ‘first look’ series of photos BEFORE your ceremony? Our wedding is going to be at 7pm during June, so we’re hoping to do some pictures before the ceremony, to take advantage of the good lighting around that time. We’ll still do some afterwards, but our photographers suggested we consider doing photos both times.
We’re considering a ‘first look’ shoot but I don’t know anyone who’s ever done it. I’ve always envisioned the surprise of the bride arriving at the end of the aisle and how the groom reacts…but we’re getting married outside and my walk to the actual end of the aisle may mean my Fiance will see me from afar. Our photographers have said that doing an intimate ‘first look’ shoot between the two of us before we’re married may actually be more special and sentimental because the reaction and the moment will be just between the two of us instead of infront of a crowed. Photogs also said the actual processional down the aisle will make for a whole other emotion in and of itself, even if my groom has already seen me. I’m torn. I do like the just-between-us feel of the first look shoot, and i’ve seen some amazing photos online of people who’ve done it. They are SO full of emotion.
Did you do one? Do you regret it? Love it? Can I see pics??
Post # 3
Yes, yes! Your photographer is soo right about the first look being an intimate moment between the two of you guys. I always advocate this because my husband and I did one. I was so nervous walking up to him…when he turned around, I saw him crying and I starting crying too. It was such an amazing moment. And walking down the aisle was still every bit as special, but luckily I didn’t cry as much in front of all the guests.
Nothing can take away from the special-ness of walking down the aisle. But you will most definitely NOT regret doing a first look. If you want to see my pics, you can PM me but I’d rather not post them.
Post # 4
We did a first look, but we intentionally didn’t even have the photographer there for the moment when her first saw me. It felt like to intimate a moment to have a near stanger there–we felt that it really should just be the two of us. My groom saw me and we spent about 5 minutes enjoying that special moment. Then we called in the photographer for our “first look” series. Here are a few pics from that:
Me walking in to see my husband for our moment alone–he’s under that amazing 200 year old tree out of sight:
Five minutes later:
That moment walking down the aisle was still so special, even though he’d already seen me. Rather than thinking about how amazing I looked (in his words!), we could both focus on the huge commitment we were about to make to each other.
Post # 5
I’m interested in this topic too, so I wanted to give it a little bump!
Post # 6
I did it out of practicality. I wanted an evening wedding but I wanted outdoor pics and needed light. Hence we did a first look.
Post # 7
We did a first look and it was my favourite part of the day. It was so nice to get that down time together, we had a blast just hanging out and it made us relax. The photos we have from that time are some of my favourites as well because we just look like we’re having a ton of fun. I have zero regrets about doing a First Look and I would suggest it to everyone because I can’t see a single downside. We still had my walk down the aisle type moment, and I was glad that we could just give each other a huge hug, rather than just standing there silently.
I’ve posted these photos elsewhere on the site, so I apologize if everyone has seen them a million times, but anyways, here they are 🙂