What is a first look ?

bride hugging groom after first look at Burritt on the MountainA first look is a few moments the photographer sets up where the bride and groom see each other privately for the first time.
Here’s how it usually works: The groom faces away. The bride walks up taps him on the shoulder then he turns around and sees his bride!

The First Look

I like to get as many of the ‘formal’ photos done before the ceremony as possible. I find that it allows my couples to make the most of the time with their guests at the reception.

What it looks like

I will arrive as you are getting your hair and makeup done. I’ll capture all your accessories, dresses, and bouquets. Then move on to photos of you getting dressed. Then, I like to do a few of just you, and then it’s time to see your soon to be husband for the first time. I’m a big believer in “The First Look” for a few reasons. I know that the day goes by so quickly. It can be really special to have a little time alone before the ceremony to see each other before all your guests arrive. It can be a very emotional moment seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day and is so nice to experience it privately.

This is your time to celebrate as just the two of you without the eyes of all your guests. Plus, it means that you can get all your “formal” photos done before the ceremony.  I really liked structuring it this way because it feels like the pressure is off after the ‘formals’ are done and you can just enjoy yourselves. This is just my perspective though. This is your day and I am just a small part of it. I want you to experience it the way you and your groom dreamed it. I’m happy to provide input, but really, it’s up to you to decide how you want your wedding day timeline to be.

You can check out my Pinterest board of favorite first looks .

bride and groom kissing at first look

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