What is a First Look? More importantly, why should you make it part of your wedding day? It is a special time for you and your beloved to enjoy his first look at you as his bride. I melt for movie moments when a man looks at the woman he loves with that “special” look as if he’s truly seeing her for the first time. First Look is all about that moment!
So, why would a First Look enhance your wedding day? Maybe you’ve always dreamed of walking down the aisle as that magic moment; I’m not saying that’s wrong! I’m simply providing an insider’s perspective on a few aspects you may not have considered. At Persuasion Photography, we love First Looks and feel like they help you slow down and truly savor the moment. Here are a few reasons that support our point of view:
1. Reduce the Pressure
The flurry before a ceremony often leaves people frazzled. Feeling joyful can actually be an effort when the time comes for you to walk down the aisle. (Everyone’s eyes are on you…. and you have the expectation of happiness hanging over your head. Share the joy privately- before the day has drained you both.
2. Share the Moment
I imagined glowing like an incandescent goddess as I walked down the aisle with my groom weeping in awe and. Ummmm… that didn’t happen! Like many men, he’s rather stoic in front of a crowd. I knew he was happy and that he loved me, but his face was deadpan, and I had NO idea what he as thinking.
During a first look, you are free to express yourselves without onlookers. You can talk, tell each other what’s on your heart, he can absorb every detail! You’ll likely get a better reaction from him in privacy (not too men enjoy crying in public).
3. Avoid Burnout
This is a high-expectation moment! If you experience it early, you’re mentally and emotionally free to make other memories that may otherwise slip past your notice. Weddings can be very emotionally draining (even positive feelings still require energy). First Looks will clear the path for all that the day holds; as a bonus, you are free to cry because because he’s already seen you at your best.
4. Timeline Freedom Galore!
Have you ever attended a wedding where you waited for hours between the ceremony and the reception? It isn’t very pleasant. A First Look takes care of your bridal and couples’ portraits while you are fresh. Ideally, bridal party and immediate family portraits should follow your First Look. Guests will be happy with this courtesy, you don’t have to be on your feet as long, and you will get to be present for the celebration!
5. Not Just for Him
First Look can be shared with others beside your groom. Remember when we discussed ways you could honor and appreciate your family? I can think of nothing better than setting this time aside for your loved ones! If you want the grand entrance on a smaller scale, consider having a select, chosen few present for the First Look (and it can be conducted down the aisle, if you want that special memory).
Like something you’ve seen in this post? Memphis brides, you’re in luck, because all the collaborating vendors are local (with the exception of the veil- but she ships)!
Dress: Low’s Bridal
Veil: Rose Red Bridal Designs
Makeup: Theresa Little
Hair: Brooke Daniel
Flowers: Le Fleur
Linens: Mahaffey Tent and Event Rental
Table Settings: Stockroom Vintage Memphis
Calligraphy: Lucky 13 Letters
Design: Pineapple Processions
Photography: Persuasion Photography