Post # 1
This is something that has been on my mind lately. I am not a super emotional type of person, but sometimes I find myself caught offguard and the waterworks come! I am worried that if I wait until I am walking down the aisle to have that first look at FI, then I will just start to cry and be a mess at the altar! This happened to my friend at her wedding this summer – all the photos of her walking down the aisle are her red faced and full on sobbing – poor girl!
I had never heard of the “first look” until I signed up here on Wedding Bee. I like it becuase it seems like a good way to share that emotional moment just with your significant other (and possibly photographer).
What do others think of the first look. Did you do it or are you planning on doing it, and why? Do you think this sounds like a good option for me?
Post # 3
We are going to do the first look because, like you, I don’t want to end up like your friend, and we also think it will be one of the best pictures in our album.
I think you should do it
Post # 4
We’re doing it (after convincing my FI that it was the right choice) and I couldn’t be happier! So many Bees have done first looks, and I know they all were really glad they did it. Photographers LOVE them, too, I think. From all of the Bees who’ve done it, they said that it didn’t change the emotion of anything. I think you should do it 🙂
Post # 5
I’ve worked as a wedding photo assistant and I think you should DO IT!!
Here’s the reason:
It’s really intimate, and special, to be together for your last moment together as bride and groom, ALONE.
You can get the water works out of the way.
The photos are amazing.
You get a few minutes alone with out being overwhelmed by family.
The photographer has more time to take formal shots of you.
The photographer will often have time because of the first look to squeeze in family photos, after.
I’m doing it!! It’s so touching and beautiful.. Just make sure the place you do it is PRIVATE.. You don’t want Aunt Gertrude bursting into tears as you kiss your fiance for the last time as unmarried couple..
Post # 6
Thanks for the responses! I think I am convinced – a first look it is!
Post # 7
Good choice! I’m trying to convince my fiance this is the way to go for time reasons. We are having the ceremony and reception at his grandparents’ house so there is no pause time in between for pictures. If we do a first look we can get some pictures done ahead of time and just do family pictures afterwards.
Post # 8
Valhalla, we plan on doing it! I am like you—a major crier! And I dont want to be out of control when walking down the aisle. So we are doing a private first look in the garden. That way, it is still special and intimate and romantic, and our expressions will be caught on camera.
Post # 9
I did it, and I’m really glad I did. The pictures are amazing, it calmed me down, it let me get my emotions out ahead of time.
Post # 10
WOW THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!
You bees really made my day! I was pacing back and forth about this decision.
should i go traditional or have this special moment? And I was always leaning to a first look, but i wasnt sure.
Well I am officially on board with you guys and I will be doing a first look also ! I just know if i dont i will be a blubbering idiot walking down the aisle!!
Post # 11
we’ll totally do it! but we’ll do it before the ceremony so that we can have ample time to take photos before the ceremony.
Post # 12
I’m totally doing it, even though my mom is so against it. I just KNOW that I’m going to cry like a freakin’ baby and I don’t want to do it
a) in front of everyone
b) so my makeup will be all over the place for pictures!
Post # 13
I LOVE it when brides do this ! It allows them to take couple and family pictures before the wedding which means that after those are done ……. they can just totally relax and enjoy! If you see each other beforehand, you don’t have to pause after the ceremony for photos and miss the apps/drinks when your reception starts. I think it’s a great way to go, but it’s completely up to the couple.