All About the First Look
Paperia | October 2017
The ‘first look’ is a relatively new twist on tradition, when the bride and groom meet on their wedding day prior to the ceremony. Typically, the practice is done alone – away from family and friends – with just the couple and the wedding photographer.
Some couples take this approach in an effort to have an intimate, private, memorable moment before the crowded celebration ensues. Others opt for a ‘first look’ simply out of practicality – to capture the best lighting or to free up time later in the day’s schedule.
There are many ways to coordinate a touching first look. Some couples are even starting to invite a very small number of family or bridal party members to take part.
A common practice is to have the photographer guide the bride in so that she is standing back-to-back with her groom, and then the couple turns to face each other. Another popular approach is to have the groom’s back turned, and the bride to come up behind him and cover his eyes. Some couples even take a few moments to share prepared words before they turn for that anticipated look!
Many Jewish couples who sign a marriage agreement, known as a ” Ketubah,” see each other for the first time just prior to the wedding ceremony. They are also seen by those who have to witness the signing.
On the other hand, traditionalists who elect to meet their soon-to-be-spouse at the altar feel the grand entrance of swinging doors and turning heads is hard to beat, and they want to share that special moment with all of their guests.
Is a first look right for you? It’s a personal decision, and you should hold true to your preference – despite what your photographer may advise.