The First Look is when the Bride and Groom decide to see each other before the ceremony. For centuries the groom was not to see his bride until after the vows have been made and the couple married. That’s right, the veil was actually used to hide the bride until the marriage was complete. In the middle ages, arranged marriages were the norm. The Parents would not let the Bride or Groom see each other to guarantee the wedding would occur. Or to ensure the soon to be Bride or Groom wouldn’t get cold feet after seeing the other.
We are finding more and more couples are opting to see each other before the ceremony. This time lends itself to amazing moments and the ability to talk to each other without the whispers during the ceremony. If you think this takes away from the emotions of coming down the aisle, we have seen several Grooms tear up as their bride walked down the aisle after seeing them during the First Look. Despite already seeing their Bride before the wedding, the emotions of the grand entrance into matrimony is unmatched. And in actuality, we usually get two gasps from the Groom, at the first look and then at the ceremony.
Here is an amazing reaction we captured at one of our most recent First Looks.
When a couple decides to see each other before the ceremony we work with them to find a great location and we get the Groom in position (to make sure he doesn’t peek) and then step back and let the couple have their time alone, while we snap away from a distance.
Needless to say as photographers, we heart First Looks!