FIRST LOOK(elopement or wedding)

Umm… a first what? Originating from across the pond in the US, a First Look is a concept where the bride and groom get to see each other for the first time before they walk down the aisle and tie the knot, usually in a private, intimate setting. Some couples are horrified at the thought of breaking with tradition and seeing each other before the ceremony but bear with us because there are a lot of benefits to this concept.

Still with us? Great! A First Look is a really exciting concept for any couple willing to break the mould, and here are the reasons why:

It’s a private and special occasion, full of raw, genuine emotion where the two of you can snatch a few precious moments alone together in an otherwise busy day. You’ll get to see each other for the first time, all dressed up, and really drink everything in, taking the time to remind yourselves of why you’re both there.

There’s no rush or pressure of other eyes watching you (other than your photographers of course). If you break out in a sweat at the thought of walking down the aisle with all eyes on you, being the centre of attention, then this can be the perfect opportunity to relax, calm each other’s nerves and fully appreciate each other without that added pressure.

For anybody worried that it might detract from the ceremony and walking down the aisle, just remember that just because you’ve seen each other, doesn’t mean anybody else has. The room will still be overflowing with emotion when your parents, bridesmaids, and guests all see you come together to tie the knot.

You can introduce a fun, surprise element that tells a great story. Perhaps blindfold the groom? Or sneak up behind the bride for a surprise kiss? Get creative, and you’ll get a great sequence of images out of it. Don’t be afraid to get emotional, it will only add to the atmosphere (plus make-up can always be touched up before the ceremony starts!).

If what you really want to do after your ceremony is celebrated with your friends and family catching up over bubbly and canapés, rather than spending an hour away from them for photographs, it is a terrific opportunity to get those gorgeous couple shots, while still allowing you to enjoy the rest of the day with your guests.

Of course, it’s not for everyone. If you’re a traditionalist then the moment of walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time is probably one of the most important moments of your wedding day. What’s important is that you and your other half discuss things and make sure you are both comfortable and happy before making any decisions.