I was a bride too. I understand the push and pull of every one telling you what they think you should do on your wedding day. How they did it. Why what they did was awesome. It can get so overwhelming that you’re not really sure what you even want. So when it comes to the decision of whether you and your groom see each other before the ceremony or wait until you walk down the aisle, I think it should be an informed decision you two get to make for yourselves.
What is a first look & what are the advantages of doing one on my wedding day?
I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings and some couples chose to do a first look, some chose to wait until the ceremony and either way, we make it work with the proper planning. That being said, there are some wonderful advantages to doing a first look…
A first look goes something like this; we find a beautiful private spot, away from all the flurry of preparation, and set your groom up with his back turned to the you. Then we get you all set up, dress, hair and make-up looking fabulous, and then we back away. This is a moment that is just between you and your (almost!) husband. We are shooting from afar with long lenses to allow you both to take the moment in, to see each other for the first time on your wedding day, to feel the emotion and joy of what you are about to do- together. Being able to have this moment, just between each other, instead of in front of every one during the ceremony allows for a different kind of intimacy, allowing it to truly sink in and enjoy what is just yours as a couple. And from that moment on, the day is spent together!
After getting photos of just you two, we get plenty of time for fun photos with the bridal party and timeless family portraits. Time for you to enjoy the people who have come from far and wide to celebrate this day.
Then it’s time for the ceremony! And this is where the biggest objection comes in…the worry that a First Look will ruin that special moment of walking down the aisle. We’ve actually had so many grooms tell us that doing a First Look actually made that moment of walking down the aisle even more special to them, having those jittery nerves out of the way they were able to truly soak in the moment. We’ve documented so many big, happy smiles from grooms during a First look, only to be followed by sweet tears watching his bride walk down the aisle. Both moments special and sacred in different ways. And after that, it’s immediately time to celebrate with family & friends! No stress in making sure every one is in the right place for photos after the ceremony, no worrying about your guests waiting for you at the reception. Just time to party!
So if you’re a couple looking for your day to be relaxed without feeling rushed, if you might describe yourself as having some extra nerves on that day, if you’re getting married at or after sunset or you just want to make sure you and your guests can go enjoy the party, a First Look might be a great option for you. We’ve had so many brides (and even more grooms!) tell us it was one of the best decisions they made for their wedding day, but no matter what you decide, we can’t wait to photograph all the beautiful moments on your special day!
Nashville wedding photographer, Kristyn Hogan, documents the spirited, fresh, timeless story of weddings in Nashville and destinations worldwide.