Happy Belated 4th of July, gang! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and could spend it celebrating with your families and friends…and to my overseas bloggies, I hope you had a great Sunday nonetheless!
Today I want to talk about First Looks. They are a recent addition to the wedding world, and photographers LOVE them. “What’s a First Look?” My non-wedding-planning-readers may ask. A First Look is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time BEFORE the ceremony…and BEFORE the bride walks down the aisle. Oh, the horror! The superstitions! I know, I know. But really? The First Look produces some really wonderful photo opportunities, gives the bride and groom a chance to relax a bit, and can really help with the flow of your day by allowing you to get a lot of the posey-posey wedding party pictures out of the way immediately instead of waiting until after the ceremony. In short, it’s a great way to help smooth out your schedule and allow you and your groom a few intimate moments together before the ceremony. And it produces some great photos, like these:
All that being said, Dr. Groomy and I are not doing a First Look.
(Insert record scratching noise here)
I know…sounds like I love the idea of a First Look, right? I do, but…it’s just not for me. I am not traditional about a lot of things, but when the bride sees the groom and vice versa is one thing that I am pretty certain on. I want that “moment” of walking down the aisle to be the first time we lay eyes on each other that day. I’m also pretty superstitious, believe it or not (ahem, remember how adamant I was about who holds the cake knife?!), and I think there is just something classically romantic about the bride and groom not seeing each other for the first time until she’s walking down the aisle. I know, everyone who has a first look recommends it and still says that the aisle moment is meaningful…and I believe you, I do…but I also know myself and I know how I’ll feel if I’ve already seen Dr. Groomy. So, First Look be damned, at least in our book!
Did you do a first look, or are you planning to? What are your thoughts on this new tradition?
*My apologies if posting is a bit light this week. I am swamped at the office right now and am struggling to catch up on some wedding projects at home…I’ll be back to a more regular posting schedule next week!