Why I Chose A First Look For My Wedding

When a bride books me for their wedding, one of the first questions I ask is whether or not they are doing a first look. Sometimes they are very strong willed with whether or not they'll do it, and some brides don't even know what that is. There are positives and negatives to both, but I'm just going to share why I decided to do a first look for my wedding!

What is a first look?

A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before they walk down the aisle. Typically, this happens about an hour or two before the wedding.

Why am I choosing to do one?

My favorite part of the first look is the intimacy. When I have photographed first looks in the past, there is usually just the bride, groom, photographer and videographer. I love that the first time I see Nate (my soon-to-be hubby) that it will just be us. That I can hug him, we can laugh, cry, or whatever else without anyone watching.

What are the benefits?

Other than the intimacy, I think that group photos go much smoother before the ceremony. When I have been to weddings that do not do a first look, the photos in between the ceremony and reception are very rushed. Here is how I would schedule time with a first look:

Get Ready Photos Separately

Meet at Desired Destination

First Look

Photos of the Bride and Groom

Photos of the Bridal Party


Photos with Family

More Photos of the Bride and Groom


In my case, my ceremony is at 5:30 and my reception is at 7:00. That gives my guests about an hour for cocktail hour, I couldn't imagine trying to cram all of my photos into only an hour! So that's why the first look works for me.

Do you have to do a first look? Of course not! It's your day. Hopefully this just helps you figure out whether or not this works for you.

Have you done a first look? Or not? I'd love to hear about your experience!