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Should you have a first look on the wedding day?

In the realm of wedding traditions, the “first look” is a relatively modern addition that has quickly gained popularity among couples— and for good reason. Simply put, it’s when the couple sees each other before they exchange vows. It’s an intimate meeting between them, just as they are ready to start their wedding ceremony and celebration. Usually done alone, away from friends and family, the first look is a very romantic and beautiful moment.

Traditional vs Modern

Some couples may prefer to stick to tradition and opt out of this “new” tradition. However, even for those couples, there’s still a way to incorporate the essence of the first look into their day. They can choose to hold hands with their eyes closed or share an embrace without actually seeing each other. Whichever way they decide to go, it’s important to remember that having a first look won’t take away the magic of walking down the aisle to meet your future spouse at the altar. This moment is only the beginning of your journey together, and a first look offers the perfect opportunity to shake away any nervousness and greet each other with love before saying “I do”.


One of the main reasons why a first look is often recommended is because the wedding day tends to fly by. By taking care of these couple candids and portraits outside of the rush of the rest of the day, couples can ensure they have beautiful and intimate photos capturing the very first time they see each other before the ceremony. These photos not only serve as beautiful mementos of the day but also capture the raw emotion and anticipation that comes with such a significant moment. It’s a time to savor each other’s presence, exchange heartfelt words, and reaffirm the love and commitment they share. For many couples, this private moment away from the hustle and bustle of the day becomes one of the most cherished memories of their wedding.

First look with parents

Another heartwarming aspect of the first look is the opportunity to include parents in this special moment. A first look with mom or dad adds an extra layer of emotion and significance to the occasion. It’s a chance for parents to witness their child’s joy and excitement before they officially tie the knot, creating precious memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Practical reasons

Aside from the emotional aspect, there are also practical benefits to having a first look. By scheduling a first look before the ceremony, couples can alleviate some of the pressure and nerves that often accompany walking down the aisle. It allows them to enjoy a more relaxed and stress-free ceremony, knowing they’ve already shared a private moment together.

Incorporating a first look into your wedding day can significantly enhance the overall experience and streamline the timeline. One of the key benefits is the ability to get photos done early in the day, allowing the couple to relax and enjoy the rest of their celebration without feeling rushed. This ensures that they have ample time to savor every moment of their special day without worrying about fitting in photo sessions between events.

Ultimately, your wedding day is about celebrating your love and commitment to each other. Whether you choose to have a first look or not, the most important thing is to do what feels right for you as a couple. If you do decide to incorporate a first look into your day, rest assured that it will be a magical, unforgettable moment that sets the tone for the rest of your celebration.

We’ll be happy to guide you through this process, add it to the wedding day timeline and answer any questions if you want to incorporate it into your images.

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I’m Diana, a Film and Digital PHOTOGRAPHER in NYC & beyond

I believe in the magic that happens when people feel comfortable, allowing their true selves to shine. Real emotion is the secret ingredient that turns a photo into a precious memory. But it’s not just about the final images; it’s about having a great time while creating them. 




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