(Closed) First look or almost first look? Yay/Nay? Pics please!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: First look, almost first look, or no pre-ceremony pics?
    Love polls, woo hoo! : (19 votes)
    17 %
    Did a first look, it was amazing : (13 votes)
    12 %
    Did a first look, it was bad : (0 votes)
    Plan on doing a first look : (49 votes)
    44 %
    Did an "almost" first look, it was amazing : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Did an "almost" first look, it was bad : (0 votes)
    Plan on doing an "almost" first look : (4 votes)
    4 %
    No way am I going (or No way I didn't go) anywhere near my fiance before the ceremony! : (26 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We did a first look and I loved it and all the pictures that we were able to get together because of it!

    Pictures aren’t working here for me at the moment so I can’t post any…

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    7560 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    We did a first look and I loved it! It allowed us to have some alone time, plus we were able to enjoy the reception because we weren’t off taking photos. I don’t have pictures back yet or else I would share. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We did a first look and it was SO much fun! It didn’t ruin the emotion to walking down the ailse one bit and it let us take a ton of amazing pictures we wouldn’t have been able to if we hadn’t done a first look!

    you can also see it on our video:

    https://vimeo.com/45679154

    if you coulnd’t tell I played a little trick on my Husband 😛

    Post # 7
    Member
    2201 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We did a first look and LOVED it! Here are a few of my favorite pics from our first look. And yes, I was still a tearful, emotional mess when I walked up the aisle toward him 2 hours later. 

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    3141 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Post # 9
    Member
    3141 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Post # 10
    Member
    3141 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Post # 12
    Member
    323 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @letsgobowlingx:  

     

    Beautiful vdeo! You look stunning and so Happy!

    Post # 13
    Member
    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @nativedesires:  Oh I love it! Look at those faces!!

     

    As a photographer, I LOVE first looks! Absolutely positively am totally for them.

    Most weddings are a lot of work, a lot of rushing and a lot of running and saying hi to people and thanking them and dancing your tush off and enjoying the open bar. The day is such a whirlwind, I’ve had so many people turn around and tell me while looking at pictures that they don’t remember this or that or the other at all.

    For the couple, the first look often gives you guys a few moments of just sheer, undiluted joy of being together without the bridal party or the planner (and if your photog is good, most people even forget about the stalker with all the camera gear following behind them). You guys get a couple minutes to bond and maybe even exchange gives or letters without having someone pull you this way or that or even feeling like you have to.

    For the photographer, it provides some amazing, unrushed, candid, emotional photos. Photos you might not be able to get in that squished little hour (seriously, not that much time…lol). It gives some time to get a few portraits out of the way and is really, for me, just a huge weight off my shoulders.

    That isn’t to say that weddings without the “first look” suck– by no means do they suck. That emotion that you see on the faces of the bride and groom. Oh gosh, they’re still there and you’re still going to get that. But from a logistical point of view I think it’s a wonderful idea.

    Did you know that whole “not seeing the bride” thing started with arranged marriages? The family wanted to hide the bride (ha! I rhymed) so that the groom wouldn’t be able to decline her if she was ugly? 

    Post # 14
    Member
    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re not doing engagement photos so I think we might do a “first look” before the ceremony. After the ceremony we’ll just be too busy taking photos with family and friends, I think, and I don’t want our guests to have to wait around too long. Plus we’re having a late afternoon/evening ceremony so the light will be better before the ceremony I think!

    Post # 15
    Member
    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @letsgobowlingx:  Jesus, I don’t even know you and your video made me tear up a bit! Your wedding looks soooooooooooo lovely.

    Post # 16
    Member
    154 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @letsgobowlingx:  you’re wedding looked amazing – so much fun! I had never really thought about doing a first look but your video seems to have changed my mind! 

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