Weddings: Why you should do a First Look
by Jamie Canter on October 22nd, 2015

Weddings are crazy.  There are so many decisions, expectations and tasks to get done that it can be exhausting.  Not to mention that you are usually dealing family members and dynamics (and dysfunction!), all around what should be a joyous event. It is so wonder that brides end up a little frazzled and weary by the time the wedding rolls around.  They are happy but so ready to be married. 

One way to ensure that your wedding day doesn't become a checklist of events is to have a first look.  This involved the couple seeing each other before the wedding without any other people around.  Usually the groom will stand with his back to the bride and she gets to walk up and see his face when he turns around.  I have captured many of these moments and I can say without a doubt that the couple is always calmer, happier and more at peace after they get to spend a few moments together.  As a photographer, I will guide this event, positioning the groom and bride for some photo worthy moments.  But then, I step back and let them have time to talk, kiss and pray.  We usually do this 30-45 minutes before the wedding, after we have taken most of the pictures and before the guests start arriving.  I also enlist a bridesmaid or groomsmen to be the lookout person making sure that no one comes over while they are having this time together.  After they finish, I take some pictures of them as a couple and send them both back to their respective areas.
Another option that I have done on more than one occasion is a letter or gift exchange where they couple doesn't see each other but they get to talk.  We have done this around a corner and behind some trees.  Just hearing each other voices and getting to hold hands, and/o pray, has such a calming effect on both parties.  I highly recommend doing one of these options if you are getting married!
Here's one where the groom was blindfolded...  This allowed them to get close but he didn't see the bride.

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