To ‘First Look’ Or Not

Deciding when to see your bride/groom for the first time on your wedding day is a BIG deal! It’s a decision that you need to make together and that you need to really think about.

There are 2 options :
>See each other before the ceremony (‘first look’), or
>See each other for the first time when she is walking down the aisle to him.

Here, let me help. Ask each other these questions to help make your decision :
>Do you want everything to be very traditional?
>Do you want to share in a moment together that no one else will be around for (besides a photographer who will hopefully be far enough away that it will still feel intimate)?
>Do you want the groom to be just as surprised as the rest of the guests when the bride walks down the aisle?
>Do you want to take the majority of your pictures before the ceremony so that you aren’t gone as long taking pictures between the ceremony and reception?
>Is it important that your wedding guests get to see the groom’s face and reaction when he gets to see the bride for the first time on your wedding day?

Let’s imagine :
Close your eyes, pretend it’s your wedding day. Imagine being all dressed up and looking your best. Now, imagine that your fiance walks up to you, you spin around and there he/she is. Nobody else is around, just you and him/her. You get to take your time and really look at each other, taking in the way he/she looks. You get to tell each other exactly how you feel. And, all of this is captured by your photographer from a distance.

Close your eyes again, pretend it’s your wedding day. Imagine being all dressed up and looking your best. Think of the excitement you feel of waiting to see what your fiance looks like, the suspense, the adrenaline. Now, imagine locking eyes across the aisle from each other. It’s just you and him/her, surrounded by everybody you love, allowing your family and friends to share in this intimate moment with you. Seeing the sparkle in his eyes while she works her way toward him for the first time in her wedding dress. And, all of this is captured by your photographer.

What feels better? What gets you more excited? What will mean more to you? Once you know this, your decision is made.

Regardless of if a couple does a ‘first look’ or not, one of my absolute favorite parts of every wedding is the grooms’ face when he sees his bride walk down the aisle to him. Awwww……love!

Thanks to Shillawna Ruffner Photography once again for your amazing photos! Click here to check out more of where these came from.

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