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Totally agree! Our fav photos were first look, 90 minutes of photos around the resort. We were so relaxed & it helped to connect before the ceremony/festivities. I would never want all that pressure on the walk down the aisle. Plus, we had a quick post-ceremony photo session then we joined guests for cocktail hour!
We are doing a first look: partially so we can get formal photos out of the way before the party starts and partially so we will be less anxious at the church. It’s going to be nerve wracking enough being the center of attention!
I didn’t want to do a first look because of this reason but when i sat down with my photographer she made a good point that they are two different situations. One is super intimate with no one around you and one is in front of other people. She also said that no matter what, the emotions are different because you’ll get that feeling of “oh my gosh this is REALLY happening” so I’m doing one now!
I actually asked my fiance how he felt about this and he would prefer to not have a first look. I'm ok with it because I plan on getting pictures taken with my mom, grandmother, daughters, and bridesmaids before we leave my parents house. That'll get some pictures out of the way
I feel exactly the same way! I can’t bring myself to have that huge moment of seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day, for a photo shoot instead of at the ceremony! The only downside I guess is that we miss our cocktail hour, but I feel like the ceremony is the most important part obviously, and I’m not willing to sacrifice any of the sentimentality of the ceremony for any other part of the day!
Nothing against people who do it of course, we are just not about it at all. Our venue coordinator was like actually judging us for NOT wanting a first look and it annoyed me 😒
This is exactly why I wanted a first look. I loved how it was just us and the photographer and how we just had that moment alone. That is one of the things I wouldnt have changed about my wedding for anything.
We are planning a first look. I get giddy just thinking about it honestly! I think it would be so hard for me to see him for the first time coming down the aisle and not even really be able to really hug him or kiss him yet. I also know that I am going to ugly cry so better to get that out when it is just the two of us. Also, for us it makes logistical sense because if we all get ready in the suites at the reception venue, and do the first look, the whole bridal party can just take the party bus to the church
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First this picture is the sweetest. And I absolutely agree with the rest. It was one of my favorite parts of the day, didn’t take anything away from the walk down the aisle and we loved joining our guests at cocktail hour.
And to add to the wonderful pictures of first looks here’s H at ours. He also had a similar expression when I walked into the ceremony.