One of the questions I am almost always asked by my couples is
“What do you think of First Look, should I do it?” My response is always the same. This is your day, your story. Whatever feels right to you is the right decision.
When you choose first look, it truly is an intimate moment between a couple. One half of the couple turns their back and waits. The other half approaches and taps them on the shoulder.
They turn, they look, they smile, they cry. They get to see each other and that moment belongs to only them… AND a photographer or two. Photographers capture that first look, you want them there. They capture your magic.
For many it eases the tension of all eyes on the couple as they step into place before the ceremony. It allows them a private place and setting to feel the love. If you choose to have a first look, the pressure is off. You can roll right into the photo shoot before the wedding starts. The parents, the bridal party, the spectacular back drop of Maine.
The Really Good:
Once you get most of the bridal party and family photos done, you have freed up a ton of time! You get to go to your cocktail party. You know – the one you spent months planning with me! Other than a few pictures after the ceremony, you can join the party already in progress. You have a chance to greet some of your guests before dinner. You can take in the venue, the flowers, the family and friends – the magic of your love story
If from the time you were little you have always dreamed about stepping into the site of your forever person – don’t do first look.
If you want that moment when you look up and your eyes lock – don’t do first look. If one of your parents is walking you down the aisle and they love this tradition – don’t do first look. If you don’t care if the cocktail party starts without you – don’t’ do it. If your fiancé feels strongly about seeing you when you walk up the aisle – honor that.
At the end of this very special day, it come down to what feels right to you. Remember this is your day, and your story to tell. It’s a personal decision. There is no right or wrong. It’s your big, spectacular day!