I’ll never forget the day I experienced watching a “first look” between a groom and his bride.
It was the fall of 2018 in Aurora, on Cayuga Lake. Anthony, stood on the dock overlooking the lake and watched the boats pass by. In the background, the song “Speechless” by Dan and Shay came over the speakers. Nicole, dressed in a beautiful white lace wedding gown, walked down the stairs of the lake house, anxious and ready to see her groom’s reaction. As she walked toward him, the smile on her face was sweet and priceless. There is no other word to describe it then emotional when Anthony turned around to see his bride. The tears flooded down his face, he held her close, and whispered, “You look so beautiful.”
Just typing this now, I have serious goosebumps going up and down my spine. They cried, I cried, and it had to have been one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever witnessed in my life.
Although a first look isn’t exactly “traditional”, having a first look definitely comes with some pros!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with not doing a first look either! Here are some pros and cons with not having a first look!
As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of first looks! Although I would never force a couple to have a first look, I will always throw the option out there because there are so many pros to doing one! As mentioned above, it also allows a ton of flexibility with your timeline, so it doesn’t feel crunched or rushed! Whether or not you choose to have a first look, it is important to keep an open mind and an open heart! For all you know, it might be one of the best decisions you make on your wedding day!
Here are some more examples of a first look!