Wedding Trend: First Look

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The First Look, The Reveal, First sight. Regardless of the terminology, more couples are choosing to meet in private before the ceremony, allowing for some beautiful and intimate photographs and videography to be captured. It can be a private event for the couple or shared with close friends and family. This time is a low pressure, yet highly emotional, way to spend a few special moments as a couple before walking down the aisle. If your wedding day timeline is tight a first look session can allow you to create amazing images, without sacrificing time with your guests.

The tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the ceremony dates back to the times of arranged marriages. There was a fear that the groom would meet the bride and be displeased, thus backing out of the agreement. Those days are long gone, but the tradition remains. Some brides and grooms carry on the tradition in favor of the big moment when the bride walks down the aisle. Couples who choose to do the first look session realize that there will still be a big moment when the guests see the bride and the emotion of meeting the groom at the end of the aisle for your ceremony will still exist.

Another advantage to the first look session is no restrictions on the placement of the photographer and videographer. Some churches limit shooting locations, making it more difficult to get images of the bride or groom’s face during the processional. A first look session can take place at the location of your choice, allowing the photographer and videographer to position themselves to get the best images of this event. Your photographer and videographer can create the environment for this special moment and then allow it to unfold naturally. This gives you the private time to exchange looks and words without interference and direction. After you have a few private moments, you can capture additional images for your wedding album and video.

Most often, the groom is positioned so that his back is to his bride. Your photographer and videographer can then capture your approach to the groom and the moment when he gets the first look. Another twist is to have the bride positioned on one side of a door way and open the doors for the reveal. Some couples opt to keep the first look at the ceremony location by positioning the groom at the end of the aisle with his back to the bride as she approaches. If you wish to involve close family or friends, they can be seated in the pews for this approach.

Regardless of which approach you take, the first time you see each other on your wedding day will be amazing!

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