It’s no secret that intimacy and emotion often define the atmosphere surrounding  a couple’s wedding day – it’s why we love weddings!  One of the most emotional moments of the day, without a doubt, is when the groom first sees the bride. Traditionally, this takes place when the bride is walking down the aisle and the groom is waiting for her at the alter; however an alternative to sharing this emotion with all of your guests, is preserving this special moment for only the bride and groom to experience prior to the ceremony during a First Look.

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      A couple can never truly anticipate the intensity of emotions they will feel when they see each other for the first time on their wedding day.  This priceless moment can be filled with laughter, tears and everything in between.  Providing a candid environment where the couple can act on those emotions without holding back allows them to truly enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.

      Merrimon-Wynne House Wedding first-look on the staircase

      The first look can be the only time of the day where the couple is alone together during the hustle & bustle of the wedding festivities.  Preserving this time to tell each other how they feel in that very moment, is a memory they will cherish for the rest of their lives, in addition to helping the couple shake some of the nerves they are feeling before they step out in front of a large crowd.

      Rand-Bryan House Wedding Bride & Groom First Look


      In addition to allowing the newlyweds a private moment of intimacy before the hustle and bustle of the wedding begins, a first look also provides logistical benefits in the schedule and timing of the wedding day. Having the first look before the ceremony can make the flow of the day much less stressful because you are not trying to squish in lots of photos in the hour before the reception introduction.  Fitting family, bridal party and bride & groom photos all into 1 hour can be crazy stressful, especially if travel to the reception venue is involved.  Most of the important pics are taken prior to the ceremony allowing the couple to leisurely enjoy their whole day and perhaps even partake in the cocktail hour rather than feeling pressured to stay on schedule. 

      Bride & Groom Embracing at Merrimon-Wynne House


      For a photographer, getting to photograph a First Look is like winning the photography jackpot!  Not only can a First Look allow flexibility to solve lighting problems, the First Look is one of the most biggest and most romantic moments of the whole day! Being able to capture this truly candid event for the couple is priceless. From the groom seeing his bride for the first time in her wedding gown, to the bride wrapping her arms around her soon-to-be husband’s neck,  the expression and connection captured in this moment is so sweet and special.  Choosing to have a First Look on your wedding day will allow you to add some truly romantic images to your wedding album!

      Groom Seeing Bride for the first time at Rand-Bryan House Wedding

      Want to know more about whether or not a First Look is right for you?  Check out this article about First Looks from