First Look – Yes or No?

Jeff and Sarah first look. Fyke Photography

One of the most popular questions I get asked by couples is about having a first look. The decision to do a first look at your wedding is entirely personal and depends on your preferences as a couple. For those that do not know what a first look is, it refers to a private moment between the bride and groom before the ceremony, where they see each other for the first time in their wedding attire. Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether to do a first look.

Emotional Connection

Madison and Jon - Fyke Photography

A first look can be a deeply emotional and intimate moment shared between a couple. It allows you to have a private moment together before the ceremony, which can be especially meaningful if you value having a personal connection and want to express your emotions freely without the presence of guests. If the bride and groom have special gifts to exchange, or letter to read to each other, a first look is a great time to do this.

Time and Schedule

Doing a first look can help streamline the timeline of your wedding day. It allows you to complete some or all of your formal couple and group portraits before the ceremony, which can free up time afterward to enjoy the cocktail hour or spend more time with your guests. It also help other vendors, such as your videographer, capture sweet moments to put in your video. Click here to see if a videographer is necessary for you.

Nerves and Relaxation

Seeing each other before the ceremony can help ease nerves and anxiety. Sharing a quiet moment together can provide a sense of calm and reassurance, allowing you to relax and fully enjoy the rest of the day.

Tradition and Surprise

If you value the tradition of seeing each other for the first time as you walk down the aisle, or if you want to capture the raw emotion of that moment, then skipping the first look may be the right choice for you. It can add an element of surprise and anticipation to the ceremony.

Lighting and Photography

From a photography standpoint, a first look can offer more flexibility in terms of lighting and location choices for your portraits. It allows us to capture your reactions and emotions in a controlled setting, which can result in beautiful and intimate photographs.

Ultimately, the decision to do a first look should be based on what feels right for you as a couple. Consider your personalities, preferences, and the overall flow of your wedding day. Discuss the pros and cons with your partner, and we are always here to help provide insights based on our experience and help you make an informed decision.

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