(Closed) Thoughts on “First Look” pre-ceremony photo shoots

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did it and loved it!

My first look photos are my favourite photos of the day – I just love them – you can see them here if you like!

I don’t think it took away from the aisle moment at all! That was still the moment I was walking toward my groom to marry him. I really loved that the first time we saw eachother on our wedding day it was an intimate moment with just us and the photographer.

 ETA: We did pictures through our cocktail hour as well. So we didn’t get to enjoy it per se but I don’t think we would have been able to get all of our pictures done in an hour (cocktail hour) and so that is why the first look was perfect for us!

Post # 4
14659 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was torn by doing this or not as well and we ended up doing it.  No regrets!  My favorite picture of the day came from the first look.  I second that it did not take away from the walk down the isle at all, he was still doing all he could to fight the tears, which lead to me almost bursting as I came toward him.  I thought this would give me time to join the cocktail hour, but… I still did not get to because the family pictures just took up so much time and we opted to do more pictures of us instead.

Post # 5
5800 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We loved our first look, I don’t think it took away from the walk down the aisle. We both still cried at the ceremony (and he did not cry at all during our first look). There is a difference between “hey you look so beautiful” and “holy sh*t we are about to get MARRIED”. I loved being able to hug him and talk to him which you can’t exactly do in the middle of your ceremony. We still missed the vast majority of our cocktail hour taking pictures but we did get to pop in for about 20 minutes.

Post # 6
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was torn too. But we did it and I am happy we did- we got to have our 4 legged family in the photos with us too, which was very important to us. The only thing I would suggest is making sure you have PLENTY of time and are very organized. We ran out of time and didn’t get as many photos as I wanted, and it was hard to get all of the family together I wanted to do our photos before the wedding. (We spent about 30 minutes of our cocktail hour doing group photos.)


I would say do it. I was so overwhelmed walking down the aisle by seeing everyone, that there was still a moment- it didn’t ruin it! Plus, we didn’t spend any time together the rest of the day, so it was nice to spend a few quiet moments together!

Post # 7
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I was going to do a first look, but I nixed that idea after a friend who had gotten married convinced me that the moment the groom sees you for the first time walking down the aisle is just as important to him as it is to you.  that sold me on waiting.

I have my photographer booked for up to 10 hours so hopefully he can get as many pictures out of it.

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