Reasons for A First Look: Why Every Couple Should Do a First Look | Guest Post

Here on Knotsvilla, we love guest posts from industry professionals! Because while I enjoy showing stunning pictures and inspiring couples through such to plan their dream wedding, good and practical wedding planning advice can never be too much. Especially coming from those literally on the field of it all. In today’s post, Vancouver wedding photographer, Justin Ho, gives reasons why every couple should consider a first look for their wedding photos.

Reasons for A First Look

1) Quality Time With Each Other Before The Wedding

First looks allow you to be together and have some alone time on your wedding day. Normally portraits are a little rushed after the family and friend portraits following the ceremony. Once those are done, they want to spend time with you and take photos as well. It’s hard to regain that intimate feeling again. Vice versa, after your first look, you have all the emotions. These are some of the best times for photos (and photos during the golden hour). Lastly, often ceremonies are followed by a cocktail hour and reception. Take that time to spend with friends and families!

2) More Portraits After The First Look

You’re investing so much into wedding photography, why not get more photos. Touching on my last point, allowing a first look gets you more portraits simply because you’re not rushed after the ceremony. In addition, you’ll look the best during this time with fresh hair and makeup!

3) Enjoy the Surprise Freely and Get The Reaction Twice

You actually get intimate time on your wedding day with each other. Often times couples forget that when they see each other for the first time, it’s when she’s walking down the aisle and it’s an overwhelming experience. He can’t touch you, embrace you or speak to you, after he’s wowed by how stunning you look. You have to wait until 40 minutes later when the ceremony is over for him to react and tell you how amazing you look. And after 40 minutes of the ceremony, the reaction isn’t the same.

Some may worry that they won’t get the same reaction as she walks down the aisle. However, I’ve seen grooms cry twice! Once during the first look and during the ceremony.

4) You Get Rid of the Nerves Before The Wedding

I understand some couples may think a first look isn’t very traditional. However, because they have never experienced their wedding day before, they didn’t know how nerve-racking it can be. By having a first look you get all the jitters out before the ceremony. You get to relax and soak everything in with your bridal party and have fun before the ceremony. 

5) Extend Your Day by 2 Hours

Normally the wedding day would start when you come down the aisle, then the ceremony would end, you would rush through portraits so that you’re not late for the reception. With a first look, your wedding day is extended by almost 2 hours! Instead of being rushed for your bridal party portraits you actually get to enjoy them and have fun hanging out with your BEST friends on your wedding day. In the end, I believe that’s what your day is about. Celebrating this milestone with those who have been a HUGE part of your life.

6) Bonus Tip: First Look Wedding Alternative, Keeping the Tradition

Another alternative to a first look is what I call a modified first look. You still get a chance to talk to each other, hold each other, and embrace the moment before the ceremony. You can either use a wall or door and do a non-traditional first look. I’ve seen couples exchange gifts and or exchange cards during this moment and read it out loud. 

ABOUT ME: Hey friends! I’m Justin Ho a Vancouver wedding photographer. Not everyone feels comfortable in front of the camera, but everyone wants candid and natural photos true to themselves, along with a stress-free experience from start to finish!  Capturing the raw moments during your wedding and preserving this adventure we call life brings me the greatest joy.

Finding meaningful and purposeful work that brings joy to people’s lives, is why wedding photography is my passion.

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4 Responses

  1. Dunnita Moody

    Coming from the UK, I have never heard the term first look before. What a beautiful concept, over here the couple tend to meet up at the church, from then on the rest of the day is hectic for them.

  2. Phuket Wedding Planner by Phuket Weds

    Very interesting post! I love to read about weddings, this is so original not much blogs talks about the first look at the bride, such great ideas, thank you.”

  3. Desmon Hickson

    Hey Gee,

    Thanks for the content. I just got married last year in August (coming up on one year). I think in hindsight having some sort of time to see my wife could have been beneficial for sure. While our wedding was fantastic, we both felt like things were a bit of a whirlwind, and the only time we really got together was right before we left for our hotel. A first look would have probably solved that problem a bit. But, I also wanted to avoid it, because I thought I would have wanted to spend too much time with her. I’m sure there’s a way to make it work. Thanks for the post!


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