They may not be traditional, but first-look wedding photos are becoming very popular. It's still entirely up to you whether or not you want to uphold the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride until the ceremony, but if these photos are any indication, a first look is a beautiful way to start off your married life.
The instant a bride and groom first lock eyes on their big day is incredibly romantic — whether or not it's done in private before you say "I do" or as you make your grand entrance into the ceremony. If you're concerned about the groom's expression being any less excited when he sees you walking towards him to exchange vows, don't be. Most guys will still get teary-eyed in the moments before they say their big moment. And since he's already seen you in your wedding dress, he can appreciate the crystallizing realization that he's about to become the luckiest guy in the world even more.
While they're a fairly new trend in the world of weddings, couples are already reimaging first looks. From a "first touch," where couples hold hands around some form of partition, to creative ways for the bride to see the groom without him seeing her, there are plenty of ways to personalize this new tradition.
Get inspired for your own first-look photo by checking out our 21 favorite shots.
At left: Photo by Abby Jiu Photography