One thing we always discuss with our wedding planning or coordination clients are the First Looks. There are so many different ways to do this. First look with your partner, your wedding party, family, etc. We are a huge fan of ALL. THE. FIRST. LOOKS! So we want to make sure we strategically plan these moments for the absolute best memories! Typically on a wedding day we do a wedding party first look, followed by a first look with dad and finally a first look with the groom! Then it is off to crank out the rest of the images pre-ceremony so post-ceremony, you can relax and enjoy the reception! On the fence about any of the first look images for your wedding day? Let these below help inspire your decision.
FIRST LOOK - WEDDING PARTY
We find that not a lot of brides consider this when we start planning the timeline for the wedding day. They want their getting ready images in their adorable robes/PJs/Dresses, but then it’s usually off to getting ready images and then wedding party portraits. We love asking this question during our month of management meeting, and the brides eagerly agreeing to to say yes after we suggest the idea.
Below are some of our favorite Wedding Party First Looks!
FIRST LOOK - DAD
For the most part, mom’s get the luxury of being the only one in the room with the bride while she gets dressed and finishes the final touches. She buttons/lace-up/zip-ups the dress, assists with the veil, securing a bracelet, buckling shoes, etc. It is a precious moment that I do not feel should be passed up, given you are able and your mother or parent-figure is still here with us on Earth. I find that the first look with Dads are spectacular! I especially love when the Brides try to guess if Dad will cry or not, 9 times out of 10, he does, and it is the most beautiful display of emotion between a father and daughter we get to witness!
Here are some of our favorites first looks with dad!
FIRST LOOK - BRIDE & GROOM (OR PARTNERS)
Have you considered doing a first look with your future partner?? If not, I highly encourage them!! Here are a few reasons why:
Most people do not do a first look because of “tradition”….this tradition mostly stems from the days of arranged marriages, (along with a veil), that would ensure the groom would not run away once he saw his newlywed bride. Do you think your partner will run away when they see you on the wedding day? No? Then you are safe from tradition to do a first look!
Time Together - This day will fly by! You will look back and wonder where the time went. Once you say your, “I Do’s”, there is a lot of moving parts that go into play before you get to sit down, eat and then dance the night away. A first look saves so much time! You can now get almost half, if not more, of your wedding portraits out of the way. This allows you to either join cocktail hour sooner, sneak off to the getting ready areas for a breather or depending on the sunset time, you two can sneak away for stunning golden hour images as husband and wife!
Pictures - this goes back to the point above - you usually have to carve out 45 minutes - 1 hour of images post ceremony do get all the family and joint wedding party images out of the way. A First Look pre-ceremony allows these images to be completed pre-ceremony, allowing you both to be present and enjoy your wedding reception you have spent so much time and money on for the absolute most amount of time possible!
Here are some First Looks and the magical images they permitted pre-ceremony!