When I was planning our wedding over three years ago (wow, time flies!), the one thing I dreamed about was the first time Jeff would see me on our wedding day. Would he be beaming? Would he cry? Whatever the reaction, I wanted that moment, and I wanted it caught on film. And for the record, he bawled like a baby, and yes I got it on film. It was the sweetest thing.
Because I wanted that moment, I never even thought about sacrificing it just for a bit more time to take photos. I thought seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day at any other moment than when I walked down the aisle would be anticlimactic. Then I started following some of the most amazing wedding photographers’ blogs, and I read so many accounts on this beautiful moment coined The First Look, where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony while it is all captured by their photographers. They were not just “Hey, there you are. You look great!” moments and then on with the photos! They were wonderful, intimate moments, where a beautiful location had been chosen, the photographers blending into the background, and the couple having a sweet sweet moment just between the two of them while the photographers captured it from afar.
Last summer my brother and his fiance were planning a wedding, and they asked me to be a part of that moment. I was beyond honored to be asked to photograph their First Look. Not only is it a very special, private moment, but I was also his sister! Who wants their big sister there, intruding on one of their most intimate moments with the love of their life! But it was an honor and so sweet. I am definitely a fan of First Looks after that, and I completely stand on the other side of the To First Look or Not To First Look debate.
And I also understand why photographers are fans. While the day is totally about the couple, and photographers are just there to serve, allowing a realistic amount of time to not only let the photographers work but to also give them the opportunity to deliver on what the couples’ expectations are is hard to do on a jam-packed wedding day. Often there is not much time between the ceremony and reception, so having a First Look earlier in the day allows more time for photos and some breathing room in the schedule, which is beneficial to both the couple and the photographers.
With that, I leave you with Part Two of Ahron and Kathy’s wedding. They wrote letters to each other, had Jeff and I deliver them right before the First Look, read them, cried, then saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. So here is their very precious First Look.