Post # 1
So, after reading so many threads about people doing their ‘First Look’ before the ceremony, I really want to do this! Our ceremony and reception are in the same place, and my mom insists that we cannot take more than an hour maximum for photos. I absolutely love photos, and I want tons of them so I’m thinking that a First Look will be a perfect way to do this!
I’m going to talk to my Fiance about it this weekend, and I would love to have some photos of other couples First Look just to back up how awesome it really could be!
Post # 3
Personally, I want the first time my Fiance sees me in my wedding gown to be when I am walking down the aisle. If it’s not that important to you than you can do a first look. I just can’t wait to see his face when I am walking down the aisle towards him.
Post # 4
Our pics, one of my favorite parts of the day. Did not take away from the walk down the aisle at all. Darling Husband did not shed a tear during our first look and he criiiied when he saw me coming down the aisle. For me there was a difference between “hey look, we’re all dressed up to get married” and “OMG I AM WALKING TOWARDS THE MAN I AM ABOUT TO MARRY”.
Post # 5
I LOVED our first look. It was so nice to have that time, not at all rushed, when we could just be alone (mostly) and enjoy the fact that we were about to be married. It was really great and one of my favorite parts of the day. After the ceremony everything was moving so fast and our family pictures got rushed and I got frustrated… I’m just really glad that our pics weren’t during that time.
Post # 6
I was so unsure about the first look until. I went back and forth and even created this post…http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/tell-me-you-regret-your-first-look
I promise you that it was the best decision we ever made. DH and I have spoken about it so many times since. He was originally against it, but the bees helped me to convince him. It was a magical moment shared between him and I on that day and by no means did it change the emotion of walking down the aisle. Darling Husband still had tears rolling down his face when I got to him (and so did my dad).
Post # 7
aww, so cute! thanks for the pictures, ladies! I totally want to do a first look!
Post # 8
We did a first look and are SO glad we did. It was great to see him and spend some time, just the two of us, before the wedding. We were able to take our time with pictures (and also did bridal party photos prior to the ceremony) so that we were able to fully enjoy the cocktail hour without being rushed. The only posed photos we did after the ceremony were family pics. I felt SO calm after I saw him, just seeing him totally eased the little anxiety I had before the wedding (anxiety about walking down the aisle in front of everyone, not about marrying him!).
Post # 9
We loved doing the first look.
The only thing I would recommend if you decide to do it, is make sure the photographer is in a positionw here he/she actually get’s the look on your FI’s face and not the back of his head. I’ve seen so many first look pictures, where there are great pics of the groom’s face as he has his back to his bride who is walking up behind him. But then when he turns around, the photographer get’s a great picture of the bride’s face, but not of the groom’s face. I find that sooooo disappointing.
Post # 10
We did our first look and then went just the two of us with our photographer to this stunning state park overlooking the ocean (in San Diego) to do a private portrait session. It was the best hour of the day. It was so nice to have that private time to ourselves on our wedding day. Everything else is a hectic whirlwind of emotion, and that portrait session was our chance to just slow down and really *be* with one another.
I highly recommend it!
Post # 11
Darling Husband cried when he saw me
Post # 12
@Loribeth: TOTALLY AGREE.
I feel like there just has to be another way for the first look to happen. I’m not a huge fan of the ‘surprise from behind’ method (haha that sounds bad). I’d rather him be able to see me at a slight distance so he can see the whole dress and what not, as opposed to being right on top of him the second he turns around. Anyone have suggestions?
Post # 13
@KristenGotMarried: We didn’t do the whole come up behind thing because we also thought that was weird. If you see my photos above, I was kind of hiding behind a corner.
Post # 14
lol @ suprise from behind lololol!
If I were having a traditional wedding with lots of people attending, I would totally do a first look. (i had never even heard of it before the Bee btw :P)
But since we are having a Destination Wedding and there are probably 10-20 max attending? I don’t think I will.
Post # 15
@Tswife4ever: I just saw that! I like this method. I’m getting married in a conservatory with a gorgeous tropical butterfly room where they all fly around willy-nilly. I’m thinking I’ll ‘hide’ from him and he can find me.
Post # 16
@KristenGotMarried: We did the surprise from behind, but the photographer was behind me, so she totally got his expression when he saw me. Although, I have to say, it’s probably not the most romantic way to do it. I think I like the idea of walking toward each other…
Darling Husband did have a wonderful expression the first time he saw me, even if it was a surprise from behind.