should we do a first look?

A first look is where you and your partner see each other and spend about about an hour taking your portraits before the wedding. I recommend a first look to every single couple. It’s such a special, personal, and romantic moment.



  1. It’s the only time the two of you will get to spend alone on your wedding day. And isn’t your wedding day about the two of you?
  2. You can plan a much more guest friendly wedding day timeline. Since you will do most of your pictures before the ceremony, you and your new husband or wife will lead your guest straight to cocktails! They will love you for it.
  3. You get that fluttery feeling twice! Once during the first look, and once while walking down the aisle. This was how my best friend convinced my husband and I that we should do a first look! First look = wedding day squared.


“Stop the bus”, you might say, “Isn’t it bad luck for a couple to see one another before the wedding?” Well, that tradition dates back to the time of arranged marriages, where families were afraid that the bride or groom would run away screaming before the wedding if they had the chance to see each other (interestingly, that’s also where the tradition of the veil over the face dates from). I can’t imagine this is the kind of “bad luck” you are worried about in 2012!


I recommend that the first look is a private moment between the bride and the groom in the same location that we will do bridal portraits. I can help you pick the best location and coordinate the timing of the first look with my second photographer. After the first look, we do your bridal portraits for 20-30 minutes. And then we bring your bridal party in for bridal party portraits (if you are doing them) for 15-20 minutes. Once the portraits are done, we travel to the ceremony venue, where you head to different rooms, calm down a bit, and then get married! Usually, we do family portraits immediately after the ceremony.

All that being said, I understand it is your wedding day, and if after reading this you still aren’t convinced, no problem. It’s your day, and more than anything else I want it to be perfect for you! As usual, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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