When my parents got married, it was considered bad luck to see the bride before the wedding. I grew up always knowing that and planned to keep it that way. I got engaged in 2013 and traditions have changed since then.Judd and I discussed things and decided that a First Look before the wedding was the way to go. What, the bride and groom are going to see each other before the wedding? I know what you all are thinking either that is ridiculous or really awesome.
We met with our photographer and had a game plan for how our First Look would go. I wasn’t nervous at all in fact I was dying to see Judd! On our wedding day, I was hidden in a room of our venue while our photographer walked Judd out to a brick pathway by the ceremony site. His back was turned to the building so he wouldn’t see me come outside. When I got the go-ahead, I stepped out of the venue and down the stairs on the brick pathway, Judd waiting at the end. I was a little nervous mainly because I had to carry my dress train, flowers and try not to trip. When I reached him, I tapped him on his shoulder so he could turn around. We hugged and kissed and just took everything in that was about to happen. It was only us two and the photographers who were pretty stealth in their ways of capturing our First Look. It was intimate and everything we wanted. We had some laughs and got our nerves out ahead of time. By the time the ceremony time came, I was ready to get married and get the party started!
Benefits of the First Look:
- It helps get your nerves out before the ceremony. I wasn’t particularly nervous but being able to see Judd beforehand made me feel at ease and excited.
- It’s private and intimate between the couple before family and friends are around. Wedding day flies by and with guests greeting you and taking pictures it’s hard to find time with just the two of you.
- It helps your photographer stay ahead of their schdule by doing the wedding portraits with the bride and groom pre-ceremony. Being a photographer myself, I know how important it is to stay on schedule. Our First Look helped our photographer stay ahead of schedule. She even managed to get all of our family pictures in before the ceremony began.
First Looks are a new tradition that a lot of brides and grooms are doing. It’s a great way to get portraits done prior to the ceremony that way the after ceremony photos would be family and bridal party cutting back time. I am so happy we did a First Look. The pictures really speak a thousand words! (Photos by Steph Owens Photography)