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Our first look was our little moment away where we could really take everything in - together - while talking and laughing and hugging and squeezing eachother! All in a natural and unscripted way. Having these photos is priceless. They are us seeing eachother for the first time in a way that is truly us. We loved our first look so much I always let brides of mine know of this option.


I love that first looks are truly meant for just the two of you. You are allowed to be who you want to be, react how you want to react, and be in a comforting environment without a hundred eyes on you. It's a moment alone for you to see eachother for the first time, tucked away in an intimate setting. These moments are emotional and we'll be there to capture it all in a unique way.


PS: in case you're worried, the walk down the aisle was still just as powerful for us. This is the moment he sees you not just as his bride, but is about to make you his life partner. It was just as powerful but it came without all the nerves and jitters! 

1. privacy

2. timeline

When you choose to take pictures prior to the ceremony, you are really giving yourself (and your family and bridal party) more time to enjoy the day and your party! The day goes by SO fast, and trust me you’ll want to be present for it, not feeling like you were away the whole time taking pictures. When you look back on your wedding day do you want to remember being gone taking photos? Or would you rather remember that you were able to sit back and enjoy your day, organically. Hand in hand with your partner, mingling and celebrating with your favorite people.

You’ll actually have time to mingle with your guests, grab a cocktail or two, taste your hor d'oeuvres and just be present without having to immediately leave the scene to get photos. Taking photos prior to the ceremony also frees up your photographer’s time after the ceremony to grab those pictures of cocktail hour. The guests mingling with eachother as well as detail shots of your centerpieces and reception decor.

The morning of weddings can sometimes be a littttle more chaotic than we intended them to be. Small details go missing, timeline is already being stretched, hair isn't turning out as expected, etc. etc. My first look was the first moment out of the day where I was able to relax and forget about everything else. It completely put the entire day into perspective and prioritized everything. Seeing him and being with him allowed me to get out of my head, away from worrying about all the little details, and instead focus on what was real and right in front of me, that I was marrying my soulmate! Everything else melted away.

3. mindset

4. more time together

Ready for the best part? Rather than having to spend half your day hiding from each other, a first look allows you to spend your wedding day TOGETHER! Yess! PSST, this can honestly be the difference of three hours. Seeing eachother at 4:00 ceremony or seeing eachother at 1:00 with a full day still ahead of you!

Okay so final thoughts, I know it may not be tradition, but if a First Look prior to ceremony allows you to spend more time together, get more genuine photos, creates a smoother timeline for all parties involved, and allows you to relax and enjoy your party after ceremony - I think there's a reason so many couples are making this a new tradition. I mean when it comes down to it, shouldn't the ceremony be about the actual act of getting married? Not when or how he sees you? You have the option to make this "first look" aspect special in your own way, in any setting.

When you choose to take pictures prior to the ceremony, you are really giving yourself (and your family and bridal party) more time to enjoy the day and your party! The day goes by SO fast, and trust me you’ll want to be present for it, not feeling like you were away the whole time taking pictures. When you look back on your wedding day do you want to remember being gone taking photos? Or would you rather remember that you were able to sit back and enjoy your day, organically. Hand in hand with your partner, mingling and celebrating with your favorite people.


You’ll actually have time to mingle with your guests, grab a cocktail or two, taste your hor d'oeuvres and just be present without having to immediately leave the scene to get photos. Taking photos prior to the ceremony also frees up your photographer’s time after the ceremony to grab those pictures of cocktail hour. The guests mingling with eachother as well as detail shots of your centerpieces and reception decor.

2. timeline

The morning of weddings can sometimes be a littttle more chaotic than we intended them to be. Small details go missing, timeline is already being stretched, hair isn't turning out as expected, etc. etc. My first look was the first moment out of the day where I was able to relax and forget about everything else. It completely put the entire day into perspective and prioritized everything. Seeing him and being with him allowed me to get out of my head, away from worrying about all the little details, and instead focus on what was real and right in front of me, that I was marrying my soulmate! Everything else melted away.

3. mindset

Ready for the best part? Rather than having to spend half your day hiding from each other, a first look allows you to spend your wedding day TOGETHER! Yess!

Okay so final thoughts, I know it may not be tradition, but if it allows you to spend more time together, get more genuine photos, creates a smoother timeline for all parties involved, and allows you to relax after ceremony - I think there's a reason so many people are making this a new tradition. When it comes down to it, isn't the ceremony about the actual act of getting married? Not when or how he sees you? You have the option to make this part unique, intimate and your own.



4. more time together

I hope you found this helpful in determining if a First Look is right for you.

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