Why you should consider a First Look


The Groom prepares for a first look by covering his face with his eyes. Image by Photography of Sarah Mae.

The first look is a highly popular addition to many wedding day timelines. The first look or sneak peek is the moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day. No guests, no distractions. It is a very special moment that the bride and groom share that the photographer(s) capture with little to no interruptions.


Unlike the traditional reveal of the bride walking down the aisle as being the time when the couple sees each other, the first look is a more intimate moment shared between just the bride and groom. You can actually look into each other’s eyes, which only makes the moment more genuine. The bride isn’t worried about not tripping down the aisle, the groom isn’t trying to hold it together in front of all their guests, it is a moment when the two of you can really take in and savor the moment of seeing each other just before you say your ‘I do’s’.


The bride is coming up from behind the groom as they prepare for their Wedding Day First Look experience.Image by Photography of Sarah Mae.

The first look captures the initial reaction of the bride and groom and allows the two to act naturally when seeing each other for the first time. You can cry, laugh, hug, kiss and just simply be in the moment without having all your guests around. This not only yields beautiful one of a kind images but will also leave you with some spare time to capture a few more couple’s images just after this tender moment.


The sneak peek is ideal because you both will be looking your best. Your hair and makeup is still perfectly in place and gives you time to do any touch-ups before the ceremony. Including a sneak peek to your timeline also allows the photographers the opportunity to focus on capturing the reactions of some of the guests as the bride makes her way down the aisle during the ceremony, which is often missed because the focus is usually on the bride and groom’s expression and reactions to one another. Finally, the sneak peek is one of the best ways to eliminate any of the wedding day jitters. Since you already have the emotional part of seeing each other for the first time you are more relaxed and calm walking down the aisle and saying your vows.


The groom turns around and sees his bride for the first time in this First Look photo. Image by Photography of Sarah Mae.


To recap, some of the reasons why you may want to do a First Look are:

- You will get more portraits as a bride and groom because portrait time isn't competing for space with mingling with family and friends, or family photo time.


- Your photographer and videographer will be able to capture much more close up and intimate moments if you'd like them. During the ceremony we have to stay out of the way and try not to obstruct the guest's view.

- Having a private moment to connect and say a few sweet words to each other is a really precious thing, especially before you make public declarations together.

- Your guests won't need to wait very long after the ceremony for the next event-of-the day event. I know as a guest sometimes cocktail hour can seem a bit long.

- You might even be able to enjoy your own cocktail hour! I know this is a favorite for a lot of my clients. They get to mingle, sip on their signature drink, and eat yummy appetizers that they would have otherwise missed out on.

The bride and groom cozied up together at the conclusion of their First Look experience. The groom is whispering in the bride's ear how excited he is for this day. Image by Photography of Sarah Mae.

In the end, whether you want to do a first look, or wait until the wedding to see one another I am happy to capture each and every part of your day!

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