5 Reasons to do a First Look Before Saying “I Do”

Groom waiting to see bride at Houmas House Plantation

Bride tapping groom on shoulder during first look at Houmas House Plantation

Groom seeing bride the first time during first look at Houmas House Plantation

bride and groom kissing at the first look at Houmas House Plantation

Your wedding day is a huge milestone in your life. It’s that special day where you get to celebrate finding the love of your life with all of your friends and family. One of the most memorable moments of that day is when the couple sees each other for the first time. As soon as you lay eyes on your soon-to-be significant other, all the frenzy of the wedding day fades away and it’s just the two of you. Traditionally, couples wait until the ceremony to see each other for the first time. Today, more and more couples are choosing to do first look sessions before the ceremony and here’s why.

What is a first look session?

A first look is a private moment for the couple to see each other for the first time before the ceremony, and away from family and friends.

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It’s All About the Two of You

First look sessions are more private and intimate, because it’s a one-on-one session with just the couple and the photographers. You don’t have to worry about staying cool and collected, because you’re not inside a church with hundreds of eyes on you. This allows you to be yourself so that your raw emotions and reactions can be captured!

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Calm the Wedding Nerves

It’s normal to have some pre-wedding jitters. This time alone allows you both to slow down, step away from all the wedding chaos, and just take a moment to enjoy each other and remind yourselves what this day is all about. Wedding days are very busy so couples really enjoy these few moments of alone time.

Bride and groom first look at Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, LA

Groom seeing bride for the first time during the first look at The Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, LA

Bride and groom at Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, LA

Less worrying about pictures, and more time with friends and family!

This is an important one! Setting aside time for a first look allows you to get more photos done prior to the ceremony. Most ceremony venues only allow a limited amount of time to get all formal portraits completed. Having ample time to get all of your portraits done before the ceremony creates a very relaxed atmosphere so that you can slow down and enjoy more quality time with your friends and family. The best part is after the ceremony, y’all get to go straight to the reception to get the party started!

First look session in New Orleans, LA

emotional first look between bride and groom in New Orleans, LA

Bride showing off her wedding dress during first look in New Orleans, LA

Bride and groom hugging during first look session in New Orleans, LA

Fresh Faces

Getting your pictures done before the ceremony and right after you’re done getting ready means that your makeup and outfits are as fresh as they can be!

Blindfolded groom during first look in New Orleans, LAx

emotional groom during first look session in New Orleans, LABride wiping groom's tears during first look in New Orleans, LA

It’s YOUR special moment

The first look doesn’t always have to be with the groom. Lots of brides choose to do their sessions with their bridesmaids, fathers, grandfathers, brothers or anyone who wants to get that first glimpse of the bride. You get to make it your own special moment!

Bride's father about to see her for the first time

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First look with bride and her father in New Orleans, LABride's father crying at first look session in New Orleans, LA

Emotional father daughter first look in New Orleans, LA

moments before father of the bride sees his daughter in her wedding dress

father's reaction to seeing bride in her wedding dress

emotional moment after first look between mother, father and bride

A first look is a great way to capture the raw intimate connection between a couple before the ceremony officially starts. It saves precious time, calms the nerves, and allows the couple to create a really special moment that will be remembered for a lifetime. We totally get it if you want to keep it traditional, but if you’re thinking about taking this route we’d love to discuss it with you! Shoot us an email or give us a call if you have any questions!

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