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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

First Look

Weddings are (obviously) one of my favorite topics at the moment. =P Emily, who just happens to be an incredible photographer, is here to share her very favorite first look photos. Swooon

I've always thought the idea of first look photos is a neat one: you have a moment to yourselves, instead of in front of your entire guest list, to see each other for the first time on your wedding day.  As a wedding photographer, I really love first look photos because it alleviates a lot of the pressure to take a ton of portrait photos in the time crunch post-ceremony, which means you get to hit up your reception (i.e. PARTY DOWN) a lot sooner!

Need more reasons for taking first look photos?  Ask and you shall receive.  (And many thanks to The Things We Would Blog for helping me with this list).

  • You still get the impact of seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day.  Sometimes couples are concerned that they'll be losing the "wow" factor of seeing each other for the first time as the bride walks down the aisle.  But you're still about to get married.  The moment is HUGE. 

  • The two of you can experience that moment in private and really relish it with each other.  A bride I'm working with, whose wedding is coming up in the fall, said she'd much rather do some first look photos because otherwise she'll feel awkward once she gets to the altar to marry her man, because she'll want to chat with him in the excitement of the moment.  You can't really do that with your guests looking on as the ceremony begins.  You can do it with first look photos!

  • You'll get to your party faster (as I mentioned earlier), and thus feel less rushed and less stressed.  The photos you have to take during the cocktail hour will diminish significantly if you can take bridal portraits as well as bridal party photos before the ceremony instead of trying to squeeze them in with all your post-ceremony family portraits.

  • Perhaps a smaller reason in terms of the big picture of the day, but your hair and makeup look fresher if you do portraits before the ceremony instead of after!

Here are some of my favorite first look shots; my ultimate favorites are the ones with tears involved (what can I say?  I'm a sucker for an emotional groom).

And, if you still really, really want to wait for the ceremony to see each other for the first time, you can still take first look photos.  There is no shortage of cute ideas for taking photographs together without actually seeing each other.

What is your opinion on first look photos?  Will you be doing them for your wedding (or did you do them at your wedding)?  Why or why not?


Kiersten said...

These photos are so gorgeous! Is it strange that I teared up a little looking at them? I just think they're probably the most emotional wedding photos I've ever seen, and I absolutely love the idea!
<3 Kiersten

Sini said...

Oohh.. I got cold chills while looking these photos! I would love these for my own wedding.

Chloe Moon said...

I've always been torn about whether or not to do a first look or not. I'm not engaged so I have time to think. I always get teary eyed looking at photos like this because the emotion is so real! I think I like the blindfolded ones the best! That's pretty cool!! No peeking! =)

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Mo (New on U) said...

I highly recommend doing a first look. I was a bundle of nerves that day, but it was so great walking down the aisle with a sense of calm. Having that first hyped up moment just to ourselves was perfect and really let me relax in front of the the "audience" at the ceremony.

Anonymous said...

i love first look photos. i really want to do them.

Robyn said...

Agreed..So cute

lauren | eyes/ears/mouth+lens said...

My eyes are totally watering haha I love these photos!!

Ash said...

i so loved having a first look- and poor justin,balling like a BABY.. oh yes, it was quite sweet.

Janelle @ Two Cups Of Happy said...

These are so sweet! I love when grooms get teary too.

Sarah Ohm said...

Oh man. Looking at these made me cry!! Shit.. I'm going to be a wreck if I ever get married.

Elizabeth said...

Love the first look pictures here! I am so torn about whether or not to do them for my wedding. My fiance doesn't want to do them, he wants to be surprised when they open the church doors for me to walk down the aisle so we are leaning towards no, but seeing some of these really makes me want to do them. I am thinking of maybe doing a first look with my Dad so that he can get all of his tears out of the way because I am his only daughter, so he is going to be a blubbering mess when the day finally comes!


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