Post # 17
We did not do one and I really regret it. I wanted one, but my husband was very much against it. The reason why I regret not doing one is because I ugly cried walking down the aisle, it was really bad. Then I cried for the first 30 minutes of the ceremony. Ugh.
Post # 18
yes without a doubt we are doing this. It is the moment I am looking forward to the most. Just my groom and I seeing each other for the first time. I still think he’ll have a great reaction and squeak a tear out when I walk down the aisle towards him. – He better! 😉
Post # 19
I did a first look and it was the best decision for sure. I definitely do not regret it. We wanted to get all the photos done before the ceremony because 1) Good pictures were super important to us and 2) Our ceremony was at 4:00pm in February in Quebec, so it would have been getting dark by the end of our ceremony. We had our first look around 2:00pm (the first time we’d seen each other since the night before). It was such a special, tender moment. It didn’t take away from the ceremony itself at all, it was still just as exhilerating walking down the aisle. Because we did the photos beforehand, as soon as the ceremony ended I was able to relax, greet all of our guests and just enjoy this big party we’d spent a year planning lol.
I never understood why people think first look photos are somehow more “staged” than walking down the aisle ones. IMO, walking down the aisle pictures are the most cliche, boring and staged there are. The emotions are all there either way. I still saw his face light up and I still cried. It wasn’t any less special in any way.
Post # 20
Fiance and I are traditional and want the first time we see one another to be when I walk down the aisle. That being said, I totally understand the benefits of having a First Look, and I love seeing the pictures that come out of it! It’s just not for us.
Post # 21
I want a picture JUST LIKE THIS! So adorable.
Post # 22
So we didn’t do a first look – not out of superstition – but just because I had always dreamed of the moment walking down the aisle. We did a “first touch” photo. And then after the ceremony as we left the sanctuary we were given a few moments to just be together and my photographer took a few shots from afar. Those shots are some of our favorite shots.
Walking down aisle (seeing him for the first time):
Him seeing me for the first time (in bigger size you can see the tears):
Right after the ceremony:
Post # 23
I say no, we’re both very traditional and Fiance thinks it’s not as special to see me before. I do feel the same, I mean I almost feel it would be kind of awkward lol. I really wanted to do a susnset ceremony but because we couldn’t agree to a first look we have to push it back so we have time for pictures in the sun. It will be worth it though to see the look on his face for the first time as I’m walking down the aisle, there’s just something so special about it. 🙂
Post # 24
I love your first touch photo!!
Post # 25
I didn’t want to when we started planning but I’m so glad I changed my mind. I never cried, but I was able to relax once we saw each other, get some pictures taken, and just roll with it. Then we weren’t rushed after the ceremony to get all our pictures done, either, since we pretty much sent everyone right in for cocktails and appetizers.
Also I don’t think it took anything away from the walk down the aisle.
Post # 26
I love the idea of them and I have seen some fabulous photos that really capture the true emotion of what the day is really about. I don’t think I will be doing them because of a time factor. Our ceremony is at 11 am. I have four bridesmaids and two junior girls (PLUS ME) to get ready. I am hoping that a 7 am start is all I need to make it in time – LOL.
Post # 27
Yes, I say go for it. You can see my first look photos if you go looking through my posts, I shared some.
I still get compliments on a number of things from my wedding, and not having any wait time between the ceremony and reception is one of them. I especially hear it a lot after our guests have been to someone else’s wedding.
Post # 28
We wanted to wait… and we did.
I’m glad we did – it added to the anticipation of the moment and the experience of the ceremony. DH wishes we did a first look (only so he could have attended cocktail hour).
If attending cocktail hour is important to etiher of you, I’d say do a first look. Otherwise, I say wait!
Just talk it through and make a decision TOGETHER. I had a friend that did a first look (because it worked logistically) and her husband later told her he was disappointed because he always envisioned seeing his bride come down the aisle as the first time he saw her. I’m not quite sure why that didn’t come out in their planning together, but it’s something to consider!
Post # 29
We are… its just the timing. Our ceremony is at 6:30, so we cant really do photos after lol
But were still going to have a special first moment seeing each other all dolled up
Post # 30
We did a first look and it was a fabulous idea. The photos of that moment are priceless and the emotions are so genuine. It was literally just the two of us and our photographer. It was also very convenient to get all the family photos out of the way before the ceremony so everyone looked fresh and organized. We still took time away from cocktail hour to take our photos privately (because of lighting) but at least our families got to enjoy it and we still had time to mingle during cocktail hour.
Post # 31
We did one and I don’t regret it for a second. It seemed very unnatural to be forced to stay away from him considering the entire point of the day was us coming together. Timing-wise, it made sense as well. And my husband HATED the idea that everyone would be staring at him, judging his reaction (seriously, we put a lot of pressure on the grooms to have the perfect reaction!) if we did it the traditional way. This way, we got to be together before the ceremony and keep each other calm and grounded. Didn’t take away from the aisle moment at all, I was still walking down the aisle to marry the love of my life, and that’s pretty damn special.
Either way, make sure you make the decision together and are happy with it. There’s no right way, it’s whatever makes yall happy!