“First Look” is a modern buzz-phrase in the wedding industry. If you haven’t heard of it, or you have heard of it, and you are skeptical, take a moment to read more about this surprising wedding trend.
It’s actually fairly simple to explain. Before the wedding ceremony occurs, the groom gets a first look at his bride. This is a private moment between the bride and groom. The rest of the bridal party is not present. The First Look usually occurs somewhere beautiful and peaceful, away from the guests who are probably gathering for the upcoming ceremony. Of course, the wedding photographer is present at the First Look. We’ll talk more about that later. As it turns out, the First Look and wedding photography have a lot to do with each other.
Doesn’t this modern wedding trend buck against too many firm traditions? Why would anyone want a First Look?
Let’s think about a traditional wedding ceremony. Emotions are high. Nerves are even higher. Everyone is looking at the bride as she sweeps slowly up the aisle, arm-in-arm with her father. The groom, waiting at the front of church wants to have eyes only for his beloved, but he is sweaty. He feels like he wants to faint. And there are so many people in the audience! Does the groom remember how beautiful his bride looks coming up the aisle? Maybe. Maybe not. Chances are, his brain isn’t relaxed enough to register her true beauty. It’s one of the most important days of his life, and he can’t concentrate on his lovely wife-to-be!
Now let’s consider a wedding ceremony that has been preceded by a First Look. Emotions and nerves are still high, the bride is still beautiful and sweeping, and the groom is still unable to fully concentrate on his true love. However, he isn’t feeling guilty about it because he already had that first encounter with her out in the garden. He stood with his back to her, eyes closed. She came quietly up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder. He turned and gasped and cried a little. They embraced and laughed nervously together. They shared a moment taking in the gravity of the day to come. (All the while, the wedding photographer did her best to be invisible and yet capture the moment.) When the few minutes of privacy are over, the bride and groom separate to prepare for the momentous wedding ceremony. The First Look serves as an excellent stress-reliever on a very stressful day.
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