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What is a first look?

March 7, 2023

Ever wondered what is a

first look?

at your wedding

As a professional wedding and elopement photographer, one of the most exciting parts of my job is capturing the beautiful and emotional moments between couples on their special day. One such moment that has become increasingly popular, especially in the US is the “first look.”


What is a first look?

A “first look” is a special moment between the bride and groom where they see each other for the first time on their wedding day, usually before the ceremony. The bride and groom are typically alone or with just their photographer, creating an intimate moment for the couple to connect and experience a range of emotions

why do couples choose a first look

There are several reasons why clients choose to do a first look. Firstly, it can help calm nerves and relieve some of the anxiety that comes with walking down the aisle in front of all their guests. Secondly, a first look allows for more time for photos to be taken, both of the couple and with their bridal party, which can save time later on in the day. Additionally, couples who choose to do a first look get to spend more time together on their wedding day, creating a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere.

Why Photographers Love First Looks

As elopement and wedding photographers, we absolutely love first looks!

Not only does it provide a chance to capture authentic emotions and reactions, but it also allows us to capture intimate moments between the couple without the distractions of guests or the pressure of a ticking clock
. Additionally, a first look often allows for better lighting and locations for photos.

One of the main reasons why first looks have become so popular is the emotion and intimacy that they provide. When the bride and groom see each other for the first time, they often experience a range of emotions, from excitement and joy to nerves and anticipation. By having this moment alone, the couple can connect on a deeper level and create an intimate memory that they will cherish forever. As a photographer, it is incredibly rewarding to capture these raw and genuine moments.

Where to do your first look

While a first look can take place almost anywhere, there are some popular locations that work particularly well. A beautiful outdoor location, such as a beach or mountain vista, can provide a stunning backdrop for the couple. For those getting ready in a nice hotel, the hotel lobby or staircase can also make for a dramatic setting.

Alternatively, a couple’s home or a location that holds special meaning to you can provide a more personal touch.

In conclusion

The “first look” is a beautiful wedding tradition that has become increasingly popular in the last few years.

It provides a chance for the couple to connect and experience a range of emotions in an intimate setting, while also allowing for more time for photos to be taken. Photographers love first looks because they provide the opportunity to capture authentic emotions and create stunning images in a more relaxed setting.

Whether it takes place in a beautiful outdoor location, an elegant hotel lobby or staircase, or a location that holds special meaning to the couple, a first look is a truly special moment that should not be missed.

In our opinion – do it! They will provide you with some of the most meaningful imagery you could hope for!

Thanks for reading. To read about more Scottish Wedding Traditions, click the link. If you are looking for an elopement photographer in Scotland we would love to chat!

Matt and Jodie – The Sassenachs

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