You see him standing in the distance, his back toward you, waiting anxiously under a huge oak tree. You’ve waited all year for this – or maybe even longer! After spending the morning preparing with the girls, you are more than ready to see your handsome soon-to-be husband’s face.
In just a few seconds, you’ll see each other for the first time on your wedding day. Having this moment together before the rest of the day unfolds will be like a breath of fresh air. Now that the day has finally arrived, you are so glad you both opted to do a first look, a time before the ceremony for the two of you to take it all in, enjoy each other’s presence, and share an intimate moment without everyone watching.
You walk up to him and place your hand gently on his shoulder. He turns around, and there it is: The Look. You couldn’t be happier!
Three reasons to consider a first look on your wedding day:
1. Allows a Private Moment – Maybe one or both of you feel a little nervous about reacting in front of a room full of people. A first look gives you the privacy to respond however you want when you see each other for the first time. Hug, cry, kiss, laugh, whisper sweet nothings – whatever you feel led to do. A first look also gives you time to connect before the ceremony. Most likely, your spouse-to-be is the best person in the world at calming your nerves.
2. Extra Time for Portraits – On a less romantic note, I hate to talk schedule and efficiency here, but a first look frees up some time. We can do the couple’s portraits early while you still look fresh. Plus, we all know that everyone, even the bride and groom, can’t wait to get the party started after saying, “I do.” Doing a first look saves a some time after the ceremony so you can enjoy your reception with friends and family sooner.
3. Unique Options – A first look doesn’t have to just be the bride and groom. There are several other fun, heartwarming combos to consider, such as: bride and father, bride and bridesmaids, bride and mother, etc.
Or, if you want to honor the tradition of not seeing each other until the ceremony, consider a first touch instead. The bride and groom hold hands and exchange words without seeing each other.
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