3 Top Reasons Why Couples do a First Look

June 23, 2021

What exactly is a first look?

It’s an intimate moment shared by the bride and groom just before the ceremony.

Wedding days are filled with love, joy, and sometimes jitters. Spending the rest of your life with someone is a big deal, so seeing them for the first time on this day shouldn’t be any different. First looks provide you that one-on-one time of comfort, love, and intimacy to share with your partner on your big day!

Here are the top 3 reasons why couples choose to do a first look:


Get more alone time together

With all the activities going on during your wedding day, it sometimes becomes hard to have a private moment of just the two of you. The reality is unless you schedule it in, you most likely won’t have much time to hang out with your new spouse. A first look is a great way to make sure you have this time! It’s a special moment, not only because you’re seeing your partner in wedding attire for the first time but also because it gives you an opportunity to be alone away from your guests.

2. Avoid having to rush through photos

You don’t have to wait until after the ceremony to take family photos and photos with each other. If you have a first look you can you can go directly to your reception after the ceremony, with no rush to take photos and just enjoy yourself. Additionally, if your ceremony is scheduled in the afternoon or evening, I would HIGHLY suggest having a first look, especially if you’re getting married during the fall and winter months when the sun sets earlier. This will ensure that you can take family and wedding party pictures right after your first look, while the sun is still out.


Photo from an elopement I second shot for Kept Record

Photo from an elopement I second shot for Kept Record

3. Keep the moment private

The first moment you see your spouse can be very emotional. If you are someone who is very private, it gives you the opportunity to be vulnerable, and let your walls down, and your emotions flow, without worrying about the crowd of wedding guests staring at you.


Photo from an elopement I second shot for Kept RecordPhoto from an elopement I second shot for Kept Record

A first look can give you that extra special moment you very much need on your wedding day. The ultimate goal for your day is that you spend it the way YOU want!

If you’re planning your big day and need a wedding pro and photography whiz wrapped into one, let’s talk! I offer a variety of services to help you thoughtfully capture your celebration.

xx Estephania