July 19, 2023

5 Reasons We Love A First Look


"We are still deciding on a First Look", is one of the most common phrases I hear from couples when we are in the planning stages of their Wedding Timeline. As someone who did not do a first look on my Wedding Day, I can understand why it's a difficult decision, but if I am being honest - I regret not doing one.

My Husband and I didn't get many photos together after the ceremony, and the photographer I hired ended up leaving really early without even telling me. Had I known she didn't feel good that day, I would have taken advantage of the time she was there and gotten even more photos with my Husband and family. This is why I strive to capture every special moment, because I wish I had hired someone that would have ensured that for me. Doing a First Look can guarantee you will have more time for photos.


A first look allows the couple to share a private and intimate moment together before the chaos of the wedding day begins. It provides an opportunity for them to connect on a deeper level, express their emotions, and support each other before they exchange vows.


Weddings can be stressful, and the anticipation leading up to the ceremony can create nervousness and jitters. A first look allows the couple to alleviate some of those nerves by spending quality time together, offering comfort and reassurance.


The first look often produces some of the most genuine and heartfelt reactions, as the couple gets to see each other for the first time in their wedding attire. It provides an opportunity for photographers or videographers to capture these emotional moments beautifully.


From a logistical standpoint, a first look can help streamline the timeline of the wedding day. By seeing each other earlier, couples can take bridal party and family portraits in advance, allowing more time for post-ceremony activities or to join cocktail hour and interact with their guests.

More Photo-Ops

A first look allows the couple to take advantage of the natural light and choose picturesque locations for their initial meeting. It provides more flexibility for capturing romantic and artistic shots, as photographers have greater control over the lighting and settings.

First Look with Dad

Sharing the first look with your dad allows you to bond and share a special moment together before the wedding ceremony. It can deepen the emotional connection between you and your father, creating a lasting memory for both of you. In many cultures, the father plays a significant role in a wedding ceremony. The first look with your dad is a symbolic tradition that represents the transition from being his daughter to becoming someone's wife. It holds sentimental value and honors the important role your father has played in your life.

The first look with your Dad allows your photographer to capture authentic and heartfelt moments between you and your Father. These photographs can be cherished for years to come, serving as a reminder of the love and bond you share with your dad on your wedding day. This allows you another opportunity to be captured with your Father outside of walking down the aisle and the Daddy/Daughter dance.

Ultimately, the decision to have a first look with your dad is a personal one. If it feels meaningful and important to you and your father, then it's a beautiful way to start your wedding day. However, if you prefer to have a different arrangement or if it doesn't align with your cultural or personal beliefs, there's no right or wrong choice. It's your wedding, and you should make decisions that feel true to you and your vision for the day.

First Look with the Girls

Your bridesmaids are often your closest friends or family members who have supported you throughout your life. Having a first look with them allows you to celebrate and honor those friendships on your wedding day. It's a special moment to share before the ceremony begins. They are there to provide emotional support and help you navigate the wedding day. A first look with them can help create a sense of camaraderie and unity. It allows you to connect with your bridesmaids, share any last-minute nerves or excitement, and receive their encouragement and reassurance. ALSO, these are just sweet, sweet moments to cherish forever.

Whatever you decide, whether that is to do a first look, or wait to see each other when you are at the altar, remember to enjoy every second of it. The day goes by like a flash of lightning.