(Closed) Debating the first look

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I know it was a good thing for my groom, too.  He was REALLY nervous, and this helped him calm his nerves a little bit once he met up with me.  Everyone said he was white as a ghost at the ceremony regardless, but that part was because he isn’t used to having everyone’s eyes on him, not good with being the centre of attention.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m sure I posted this before but here’s a little clip of our first look. It was one of my favorite parts of the day. I would ABSOLUTELY do it again. Seeing his face and sharing that moment with him intimately was priceless. I also felt 10,000 times better about myself after that because up until that moment I wasn’t sure I felt beautiful.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_1E0YZDMq4

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think we’re doing one. Mostly because I want the first moment we see each other to be an intimate moment between the two of us (captured by our photographers lol) rather than shared with all of our guests. 

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

My fiance really didn’t want to see me before the wedding, so we’re not doing a “first look.” And I agree with someone else, this must be a new trend or something, because I’ve been to dozens of weddings and have never heard of this being done until I started researching for my own wedding.

For my fiance and I, we just aren’t interesting in spending hours posing for pictures, either before or after. We’ll have a photographer being as discreet as possible during the ceremony, and then family pictures for less than an hour afterwards.

 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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@andy113: Those are gorgeous! And you make such a beautiful couple!

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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@srast: It’s possible this was done at the weddings you’ve been to and as a guest you didn’t know. I’m sure our guests had no clue we had already seen each before the ceremony and taken several pictures.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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@UpstateCait: Thanks! Smile

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@UpstateCait: This post encouraged me to talk it out with my fiance. I think we’ve decided to do a first look as well. But, we will do it in a location other than the aisle I’ll be walking down. That way, we can have the benefits of a first look and have the moment where he (and guests) sees me walking down the aisle for the first time.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our first look was so special and wonderful. Besides the ceremony…it was the highlight of our day.  My husband is pretty private when it comes to his emotions, so when I mentioned the idea of a First Look he was all for it.

Our First Look was the perfect way for us to spend some quiet time together and talk about the exciting day ahead and all the wonderful times we’d spent together leading up to that moment. It also allowed us to spend as much time with our friends and family as we were able to attend the cocktail hour instead of disappearing to take formals after the ceremony.

Here are a few photos our photographer captured…I love them! 🙂 It’s a play-by-play of our first look moment! 

 

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All photos courtesy of Hinkley Photo (www.hinkleyphoto.com)

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did a first look, and I recommend it mainly because it made our timeline soo much easier, and we got to enjoy cocktail hour. To be honest, it wasn’t the most amazing moment of our day, and it wasn’t particularly special (it was in public and the groomsmen were standing like two feet away, which I wasn’t happy about). But I’m still glad we did it because I felt SO much calmer. And walking down the aisle was still amazing–THAT was the most special moment of the day, even though we’d already seen each other. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Also – on a side note – being Jewish almost every Jewish wedding I’ve been to and my parents and grandparents went to had first looks because of different religious traditions the bride and groom always see each other before the wedding ceremony.  For me it was “normal”, for my hubby it was new but he was glad after the fact that we did it.

Post # 30
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did a first look and I would not have had it any other way. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. for so many reasons! you get to see each other for the first time on your day in a more personal way, it really calms your nervous, ect! The first look felt like the most special part of the day. we had so much fun! so so so so so so amazing!

Here are some photos from our first look

 

 

Post # 31
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was on the fence too but we ended up doing it and I am so so so SO glad we did! It was a very special moment with just the two of us, the pictures are amazing, and we got to do all our pictures than and enjoy our private cocktail hour with our bridal party.

Post # 32
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Busy bee

I think that the first look is all about what you are looking forward too…

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