What is a First Look? (aka the Reveal)

June 6th, 2024

A first look is an intimate moment where the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day, before the ceremony. It is usually arranged with their wedding photographer in a private place away from family and friends, to capture that moment just for them. A first look can be a wonderful way to add some excitement, emotion, and personalization to your wedding day. And we always suggest and recommend having a first look on your wedding day.


Here are some reasons why having a first look on your wedding is a great moment to have:

  • A first look can calm your nerves before the ceremony. If you or your partner are nervous about being in front of people, seeing each other beforehand can help you relax and enjoy the day more. You can also exchange some words of love, support, or even vows during your first look, making it more meaningful.


  • It can save you time by taking most of your photos before the ceremony. This way, you don't have to rush through your portraits after saying "I do", and you can spend more time with your guests during cocktail hour or reception. You can also get more creative with your photos, as you have more flexibility with lighting and location.


  • A first look can capture some amazing emotions that you might not get otherwise. The anticipation, surprise, joy, and love that you feel when you see each other for the first time on your wedding day are priceless. Your photographer can document these expressions in candid shots that will become cherished memories for years to come.


  • A first look can make your ceremony more special. Contrary to what some people might think, having a first look does not spoil the magic of walking down the aisle. In fact, it can enhance it by making you more confident and comfortable in front of your guests. You can also focus more on the meaning of your vows and commitment than on how you look or what others think.


  • A first look can be personalized to suit your style and preferences. There are no rules or expectations for how a first look should be done. You can choose any location that is meaningful or beautiful to you, such as a park, a garden, or even a train stop. You can also invite some key witnesses if you want to share this moment with them, or keep it just between yourselves if you prefer privacy. You can even do a non-reveal if you want to spend some time together without seeing each other yet.


Having a first look on your wedding is a great moment that offers many benefits for both you and your partner. It is not only an opportunity to take stunning photos but also an emotional experience that will make your wedding day more memorable and personal.


What do you think? Are you interested in having a first look on your wedding? If so, what kind of location would you choose?