for my brides & grooms | WHY A FIRST LOOK?

Consider a First Look if…

You are getting married at or after sunset
You’re a couple looking for your day to be relaxed without feeling rushed
You want to make sure you and your guests can go enjoy the party
You might have some extra nerves on your wedding day

What is a first look & what are the advantages of doing one on your wedding day?

A first look is done in a beautiful, private spot and we photograph you from afar, so you have time to enjoy each other without feeling like you’re on display. Your groom will have his back turned and, once you’re ready, you’ll walk to him. This moment is just for the two of you, instead of in front of every one during the ceremony and allows for a different kind of intimacy and excitement, as you get to soak it all in!

Once you’ve had time to enjoy the moment, we’ll photograph you two together, leaving plenty of time for fun photos with your bridal party and timeless family portraits in beautiful light. Time for you to enjoy the people who have come from far and wide to celebrate this day!

Then it’s time for your 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 (see the last two photos below for proof!). Both moments special and sacred in different ways. And after your ceremony, it’s immediately time to celebrate with family & friends! No stress in making sure all your family stays behind after your ceremony for photos, no missing your cocktail hour. Just time to party!

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.

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