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Should I do a "first look"?

Posted by Casey Harrison  January 8, 2013 04:06 PM

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We are excited to offer a "question and answer" column as a part of our new Blissfully Inspired blog, and starting next week we will be accepting questions from you! I decided to kick-start this column with a question I get asked by almost all of my couples: should we see each other before the ceremony?

As a photographer, I'd say my couples choose to do "first looks" about 75% of the time. First looks are a newer development as more and more couples choose to forego the tradition of waiting for the walk down the aisle, and your photographer can capture your meeting for posterity. From a photo perspective, it definitely makes the day flow more smoothly and allows for a more relaxed time taking portraits of the two of you. It's also really nice for you to get all of your photos done before the ceremony so that you can focus on enjoying yourself afterwards. I also think that couples appreciate having a moment to connect and take a deep breath together before the craziness of the day begins.

But (and this is a big but), if either of you would like to go the traditional route, you absolutely should. I find that the groom often has an idea in his mind of seeing his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle, and you shouldn't give that up if you don't want to. There are always ways to get the photos taken. A good compromise in that situation is to do what the couple pictured below did - hold hands around a corner so that you can connect with your spouse-to-be without ruining the surprise!

FirstLook.jpgPhoto by Hello Love Photography

Whatever you choose, seeing your spouse-to-be for the first time is definitely one of the most emotional and memorable parts of your wedding day. Have fun!


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Becca Olcott has a thing for old love letters and good old-fashioned romance. Bringing daily wedding updates and advice is second nature to Becca. She spends her days working with the brides of New England designing tablescapes full of lush florals and antique gems through her business Petal Floral Design.
Casey Harrison is a wedding and portrait photographer in the lovely city of Boston. She spends her days scouting the countryside for beautiful locations for shoots and taking photos of couples in love through her business Hello Love Photography.

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