Thoughts on first look photos

posted 1 year ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

We plan on doing first look at  our wedding because my fiance will be the one walking me down the aisle and I was thinking the first look photos would still give us that moment. We have decided that since we are breaking tradition anyways that we might as well have those photos done.

Post # 17
1941 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

We did a first look and I don’t regret it at all. It was so calming to be able to hang with my guy before the ceremony. Plus it worked out well logistically! 

Husband didn’t cry during the first look and DID cry when I was walking down the aisle. I think no matter what nothing takes away the raw emotion of that moment. 

Post # 18
958 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I was anti-first look, but we did a first look due to the timing of the ceremony and the sunset (we got married in late October). I am now SO glad we did. Those are some of my favorite pictures and after the ceremony we were able to immediately join our guests.

My Darling Husband says it didn’t take anything away from walking down the aisle – which is where he almost cried. For what its worth, I did not wear my veil for the first look and had it on with the blusher when I walked down the aisle so it would be somewhat different

Post # 19
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

We didn’t do a first look despite most people trying to convince us to to save time and logistically. I don’t feel like we wasted time, we did our photos during our cocktail hour and didn’t mind missing it. We still got to eat for a few minutes before our pics were take.  Tradition was important to us and me waking out was a very special moment for us. 

Post # 20
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We did it and loved it. We also did most of the pictures before the ceremony as we wanted to enjoy the reception with our guests.

Post # 21
1277 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Loved the first look! It was a truely beautiful moment for us.

Post # 22
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I personally really don’t like them, but lots of people do. Also, you don’t HAVE to spend that long taking photos after the ceremony during cocktail hour.

Post # 23
1362 posts
Bumble bee

I was so against it, but I lost that battle to my husband. Lol and I am actually SO glad we did it. Especially because our wedding was outside, the first look allowed for us to get some shots that were more shaded. The post ceremony shots are all in the sun so I had some trouble with keeping my eyes open. We did a little mini photo session after the first look, some of my faves are from this!

I also did a first look with my dad and I 100000x recommend it. I love the first look photos with my dad even more than the ones with my husband. It’s truly a moment I’ll cherish forever and have lovely photos capturing it. 

Post # 24
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

My husband was really against taking first look photos at first, but was glad we did in the end. Our photographers took the photos from far enough away that it felt private and gave us alone time for a few minutes after. We did all of our family photos before the ceremony too, and got to spend most of the cocktail time actually seeing our friends and family. It was perfect for us!


ETA: YESx1000 to doing a first look with dad/father figure. That is one of my favourite photos too. 

Post # 25
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Personally, we don’t want to do a first look, because we want the actual ceremony to be when we first see each other all dressed up. We like that tradition, and we’re both used to performing in public and such, so we don’t mind having that special moment in front of all our guests. 

We’ve already thought about ways to work around not doing a first look and how to schedule taking photos into our day, and I think we should have ample time to get photos done throughout the day. 

Also, side note, I don’t understand the concern about missing cocktail hour. A couple photographers I’ve met with have tried to talk us into doing a first look, citing “And then you don’t have to miss out on cocktail hour!” as a reason to do it. Like, isn’t that why cocktail hour became a standard part of the wedding day? To entertain the guests while the bride and groom and wedding party are off taking photos? At any rate, our cocktail hour will actually be 1.5 hrs long, and I’m not concerned about missing most of it because I don’t want to get too drunk too fast on my wedding day. 

Post # 26
2826 posts
Sugar bee

We did a first look and I was really glad we did! I actually didn’t know it was called a first look or anything, we just wanted to do some of our photos before the ceremony so that we didn’t have to be gone from our guests too long between the ceremony and reception. 

On top of making the timeline more relaxed I also loved seeing my husband before the ceremony. It made me feel a lot more relaxed and connected to him. You don’t really get to slow down and really talk to each other again until after the reception (and by then we were tipsy and ready to party haha).

Post # 27
1431 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI

These are some of my favorite pics from my wedding.  An emotional mostly private moment.

Post # 28
4 posts
  • Wedding: August 2020

As a photographer for , YES, do a first look. You are able to take so many more photos, and often times get to enjoy your entire cocktail hour 🙂

I personally did not do a first look and its one of my BIGGEST wedding day regrets.

Congrats and good luck!

Post # 29
74 posts
Worker bee

We did a first look! My pet peeve is long cocktail hours and I wanted no more than just over an hour (we only did family and more couple pictures after the ceremony).

i love it! It was just so much fun to hang out with the whole wedding party and my Hubby before walking down the aisle and not be rushed. He still shed a tear while I walked down the aisle! 

I just felt with a first look, I didn’t have to be worrying about how I looked and reacted in front of 100 people. 

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