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  • Amanda Koch

5 Reasons Why You SHOULD Do a First Look

Let's finally talk about the first look..... Traditionally, couples would see each other for the first time at the altar, but the first look offers an alternative approach and a lot of other benefits. In this blog, we will explore five compelling reasons why you should consider incorporating a first look into your wedding day, creating an intimate and unforgettable experience.






  1. Intimate Connection: The first look allows you and your partner to share an intimate moment together before the ceremony, away from the prying eyes of your guests. In this private setting, you can express your emotions freely, soak in the significance of the day, and take a moment to appreciate each other's beauty and love. It's an opportunity to calm your nerves, hold each other, and exchange words of encouragement, creating a special bond that will carry you through the day.

  2. Time Alone: Weddings can be busy, with a packed schedule and numerous obligations. By opting for a first look, you carve out a precious pocket of time for just the two of you. Amidst the whirlwind of the day, this dedicated time allows you to escape momentarily and reconnect, grounding yourselves in the love that brought you together in the first place. It's an oasis of tranquility where you can reflect on your journey, the excitement of the upcoming ceremony, and the commitment you're about to make.

  3. Capturing Genuine Reactions: The first look provides a unique opportunity for your photographer to capture raw, unfiltered emotions. Whether it's the tear in your eye or the ear-to-ear grin on your partner's face, these genuine reactions make for incredibly heartfelt and authentic photographs. These images will be cherished for a lifetime, serving as a tangible reminder of the love and excitement you felt in that very moment. By choosing a first look, you allow your photographer to document the beginning of your wedding day story with all its heartfelt emotions.

  4. Extending the Celebration: Your wedding day is a celebration of your love story, and by doing a first look, you extend the festivities. Instead of waiting until after the ceremony for the traditional couple portraits, you can capture those beautiful images earlier in the day. This extra time means you can schedule a longer photo session, allowing for more creative shots and exploring different locations. Completing these portraits early on frees up time to enjoy cocktail hour or spend more quality time with your loved ones during the reception.

  5. Alleviating Nerves: Weddings can be nerve-wracking, and the anticipation leading up to the ceremony can be overwhelming. A first look can help alleviate those nerves. Seeing each other before the ceremony gives you a chance to calm each other's jitters, offer reassurance, and remind yourselves why you're embarking on this journey together. It's a beautiful way to start the day with a sense of calm and tranquility, setting the tone for a relaxed and joyous celebration.






While the traditional approach of seeing each other for the first time at the altar holds its own charm, the first look offers a host of benefits that shouldn't be overlooked. The intimate connection, dedicated time alone, authentic photographs, extended celebration, and alleviation of nerves are all compelling reasons to consider incorporating a first look into your wedding day. Ultimately, the decision rests with you and your partner, so choose the option that feels most aligned with your vision of the perfect wedding day.







Design & Coordination: @thedayofdiva

Photo: Lindsay @rockymountainphoto.co

Desserts: @kakebydarci

Officiant: @doc_cheryl222

Photo booth: @xpressbooth



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