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  • Writer's pictureJarrod Rigby

The First Look: A Photographer's Perspective on Capturing Your Moment

In the whirlwind of wedding planning, one of the decisions that often polarizes couples is the idea of a "first look" — that private moment before the ceremony where couples see each other for the first time on their wedding day. While traditions vary, and preferences differ, there are compelling reasons to consider a first look from a photographer's standpoint.

A Moment of Calm Before the Celebration

The walk down the aisle is a cherished and iconic part of any wedding ceremony, surrounded by the smiling faces of friends and family. Yet, from the moment you say "I do," the day unfolds in a joyous blur of congratulations, toasts, and dances. Amidst this beautiful chaos, finding a moment of tranquility with your new spouse can be a rarity. A first look offers a secluded interlude, allowing you both to share in the anticipation and excitement of the day ahead, uninterrupted.

Peak Appearance, Peak Emotion

Dressed in your wedding best, with hair styled and makeup applied to perfection, the first look captures you both at your peak. Emotions are fresh, and the anticipation of seeing each other for the first time adds a layer of intimacy and emotion to your portraits that is hard to replicate post-ceremony. These are the moments that, when captured, become the treasured centerpieces of your wedding album.

Maximizing Your Time — And Your Photos

Post-ceremony, the demands on your time multiply. Between family portraits, greeting guests, and the myriad of celebratory rituals, the window for capturing portraits of the two of you in the splendor of your chosen venue can quickly narrow. Opting for a first look allows your photographer to dedicate time to capturing those stunning, intimate portraits without the rush or distractions that come post-ceremony. 

Moreover, a first look doesn't just afford you more photographic opportunities—it can streamline your schedule. By taking care of couple and even some bridal party photos beforehand, you can transition more seamlessly into your reception and start celebrating sooner.

It's Your Choice

Ultimately, the decision to have a first look is deeply personal. If preserving the tradition of seeing each other at the altar for the first time feels right for you, consider building a dedicated 15-minute window into your wedding timeline specifically for portraits. This ensures that, regardless of when you choose to have them taken, those invaluable photos of just the two of you, in the setting you carefully selected, are non-negotiable.

Whether you opt for a first look or prefer the anticipation of the aisle, what matters most is that your day unfolds in a way that feels true to you. Your wedding is a story, and these moments, whether shared in private before the ceremony or captured amidst the day's festivities, are the ones you'll treasure for a lifetime.

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