January 29, 2020

Let's talk about First Looks!

What is a First Look!?!

A trend we can't get enough of...pure pre wedding magic! I mean think about it, you spend countless hours making sure your wedding day look is perfection so why not show it off in a grand display of amazing-ness? A first look is a time prior to the wedding where we have the groom waiting, blindfolded or with eyes closed and we set up the bride, make sure the dress is perfect, get our cameras in position and count down to the moment the groom can open his eyes and see his bride for the first time on their wedding day. A lot of times when I ask a bride if she wants to do a first look the answer is either an astounding, "YES!" or a very quick "NO WAY" it's rare to find someone that doesn't already have an opinion about this trend. We love love love love it. For us it's an opportunity to capture that first look. It gives us an opportunity, away from the hustle and bustle of a faced paced wedding to REALLY capture that beautiful moment and then step back (with our zoom lens ready to go of course!) and capture some genuinely intimate moments before a couple says, "I do" and makes their story a forever story.

BUT...for those of you that say no, we get it. We also understand that for some, that childhood dream of rounding the corner to walk down the isle while your groom lays eyes on you, the bride you, for the very first time. We LOVE that moment too. For those brides (and the others too...you can't have too many first looks) we think it's so much fun to set up a few other options for first looks. Capturing a father turning to see his daughter for the first time brings tears to our eyes nearly every time. It's MAGICAL. Or those bridesmaids! Having all of them (aside from your maid of honor!) step out of the room while you put your dress on and wait with eyes closed to see their best friend in all of her glorious bridal attire is something that makes us smile. The squeals, tears, hugs, giggles, and excitement to be there with you, on the most important day of your life, and seeing you for the first time is absolutely amazing!

Here is a small collection of some of the first looks we've had the honor of capturing! What do you think? Is this a trend or a new must have? Have you done it? We'd love to see your first look images!