While not for the superstitious, first look wedding photos have been topping the list of wedding must-haves for many couples over the past few years. It's still entirely up to you whether or not you want to uphold the idea of not seeing your soon-to-be spouse until the ceremony, but—if these sweet snapshots are any indication—a first look is a beautiful way to start off your married life.
The instant a couple first locks 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. But while they may not be a time-honored custom, first look wedding photos have become something of a new tradition amongst modern couples who opt to see one another before the ceremony, resulting in heartwarming, tear-jerking photos.
On the fence about doing a first look? Firstly, seeing your partner before walking down the aisle is a great way to ease any pre-wedding jitters. And if you're concerned about your partner's expression being any less excited when they see you walking down the aisle to exchange vows, don't be. Chances are, your love will still get teary-eyed in the moments before they say "I do." And since they've already seen you in your wedding dress, they can appreciate the crystallizing realization that you two are about to become the two luckiest people in the world even more so.
Have we swayed you? Well then it's time to get inspired. From a "first touch" where couples hold hands around some form of partition to weep-worthy surprises, there are plenty of ways to personalize a first look.
Get some romantic ideas for your own first look by checking out our 37 favorite shots below.
We can hear his gasp from here.
We bet their cheeks hurt from smiling after this first look.
Shhh....here comes the bride.
These brides just couldn't contain their excitement upon seeing each other.
When the big moment finally came, this bride wrapped her arms around her groom to let him know she had arrived.
I'm not crying, you're crying...
While this couple didn't actually see one another, the groom sweetly serenaded his bride ahead of their ceremony.
No shame if you just can't hold back the tears.
Sometimes the anticipation is just too much—you just can't help but run.
Be prepared for your emotions to run the gamut during your first look.
A first look so special, the bride had to wipe away her groom's tears.
This giddy bride couldn't contain her excitement upon seeing her groom for the first time.
This groom just couldn't believe his eyes.
This groom was bowled over by the sight of his beautiful bride.
This "first touch" is the best of both worlds: The couple got to share a moment together, but waited until the ceremony to actually see one another.
This emotional first look has us reaching for the Kleenex.
These two brides couldn't have been happier to lay eyes on one another.
A first look followed by a tighter-than-tight embrace.
This cheeky bride covered her groom's eyes before the big reveal.
Sharing a sweet, quiet moment ahead of your ceremony is just the thing to calm your nerves.
A little rain didn't get in the way of this couple's first look.
Adorably peeking over your shoulder is a perfect first look pose.
This estate gate is such a charming first look location.
A staircase makes for quite the grand entrance for a first look.
This couple shared a sweet moment on the steps of their Lake Como venue ahead of their ceremony.
If you don't mind an audience, why not get the whole wedding party involved?
We can't help but smile looking at these two.
She's got a ways to go before she gets to her groom, but how stunning is this first look setting?
We can feel his anticipation from here.
Behold this beautiful bride and her handsome groom.
Ready or not, here she comes.
A little mood music never hurt.
Surrounded by a magical mountainous landscape, this couple still can't keep their eyes off each other.
Here comes the groom.
This is where a custom handkerchief comes in handy.
This groom's smile couldn't be wider.
Just look at his face!