Wedding Planning – The First Look

Good Morning. Happy Monday, Since there are so many couples getting engaged this season, I thought it would be good to pull an old post from the archives for you.

Let’s take a look back at a post from 2014, where I discussed the first look.


Today I have a topic that comes up at every wedding consultation.  It’s the First Look.

In days gone by tradition was for the bride and groom to see one another for the first time when the bride walked down the aisle.  The superstitious will say that the first look it is bad luck.

But……… things have changed and more couples are having the First Look. (Thank you, thank you!)  Hence, we have a new tradition.

Here are a few reasons that I feel it is important to have a first look.

1)  Nerves: Often the bride and groom are quite nervous about seeing each other for the first time.  Having this as a private moment will help take those nerves away.  Then walking down the aisle will be a moment of pure joy and less nerves.

2) More time for photos: After the first look the bride and groom, family and friends, will not feel rushed to finish through photos.  There is simply more time to get all of the special photos done with plenty of breathing room prior to the wedding.  With more time for photos – there are generally more photos taken.

3) Time Alone:  Think about this.  Months are spent getting ready for wedding day. Yet, on the actual day of the wedding the bride and groom don’t get much time to enjoy seeing one another.  By having a first look the bride and groom get the reaction of seeing their beloved and also some alone time  to enjoy each other and take it all in.

4) Camera ready:  Everyone needed for photos is going to look their best prior to the wedding.  The makeup and hair are fresh. The dresses and tuxes/suits are still crisp looking.  And… here is one that isn’t considered often.  The flowers look fresher too. Have you ever seen a corsage that has been hugged 200 times? With all of the money spent on hair, makeup, dresses, tuxes and flowers, you will want them to look the best in photos.

5) Here is the big one: As someone who has photographed weddings for over 16 years I can honestly say this is the one thing to give the most consideration to.  After the bride and groom are pronounced man and wife and they  go back down the aisle hand in hand but there is still a LOT to take care of.  Let me run down a time scenario for you here.

  • The ceremony is over at 5:00pm.
  • The receiving line or the exit of guests can take up to 45 minutes. Now the first person who exited is looking at 5:45pm.
  • From 5:45-6:00 the corral for everyone needed for photos begins (and believe me sometimes it is corralling. There is always someone who leaves because they forget they were needed for photos).
  • Photos generally take about 45 minutes after the ceremony.  Now the first guest to have left the wedding has waited 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Now at 6:45 the couple is ready to head to the reception hall which is yet another padding of time to add on. Now guests are starting to get impatient, hungry and wondering where everyone is.
  • By the time the couple is introduced and the meal is served or buffet has started the guests have waited for a long time. And trust me they won’t say it to your face but they won’t be very happy about it.

Now……… after reading through all of that I have some GREAT first look photos to share with you.

This was by far my favorite first look ever.  Brianne and Mark were going to peek around the corner to see each other. Meanwhile Brianne spotted his reflection in the window across the street. I love her reaction.



Time with your spouse is the best time spent on wedding day.  Enjoy your first look!

~ Amy