There are so many great reasons to have a first look before your ceremony. Whether you’re nervous or excited, it’s a chance to see one another and let the reality of the moment sink in. And of course, if you’re pressed for time, it means you can start photos early and not worry about missing cocktail hour! But with the focus so often on keeping your wedding day timeline moving instead of that emotional beginning to your wedding day, can you shift gears and opt for a private first look instead? We’ve got the answers.
Everyone loves a first look: The happy tears, the sweet kisses and the photos you’ll totally cherish. But having an audience doesn’t work for every couple. Whether you’re a little shy or just want to savor the moment between the two of you, you can definitely opt to nix the onlookers — photographer included!
For a first look that’s just between the two of you, recruit your photographer to help you get set up for the big reveal, then ask them to step away so you can share a few minutes of privacy. Exchange notes or gifts, have a quiet conversation, get a little giddy and then invite your photographer back (with some tissues!) to take portraits when you’re ready. Worried about your wedding party or families sneaking around to catch a peek? Make it clear that you’d rather see one another alone first. Better yet, have your photographer arrange them elsewhere so they’re ready to get a first look at the happy couple together!
If you really want those first moments captured on camera, you can also have your photographer stick around for your first look, then step away for a moment or two once he or she’s gotten the shot so you can let it all sink in.