What is a First Look and should you have one?

Kathy Silke Photography - Ireland Wedding Photographer - First Look 1-5

For those couples who want to do something a little different or simply find it a daunting thought to see each other for the first time in a room full of people, a First Look might be for you!

A first look is where the couple sees each other for the first time not at the top of the aisle but instead before the ceremony, alone, usually with a photographer to capture this special moment. It can be a magical intimate moment, away from prying eyes and cameras, where you’re both able to share the emotion together.

Heres a few reasons why it might be for you:

1. Time

Time can be a big factor, if your getting married in winter for example light fades fast. Photos after the ceremony may be precious few. So why not come together before the ceremony for those beautiful intimate photos? It takes some of the pressure off the rest of the day and you both get to enjoy the moment together.

2. Missing Family or Family Politics

Sometimes a relative may no longer be with us, or there may be inter family squabbles that mean walking down the aisle just isn’t possible for varying reasons. In this case a First Look is a pressure free way to do your own thing and still get the rush of seeing each other for the first time.

3. Nerves

Most of us aren’t entirely comfortable emoting in front of big crowds, even more so when the crowd has cameras and phones and iPads pointed at you. For some it’s enough to break you out in a small sweat! A First Look takes all of that away. Instead of a big crowd its just the two of you (and your photographer) sharing a special moment of excitement and intimacy.

Kathy Silke Photography - Ireland Wedding Photographer - First Look 1-5

Kathy Silke Photography - Ireland Wedding Photographer - First Look 1-5

A First Look isn’t for everyone though, the more traditional brides and grooms will prefer seeing each other for the first time at the top of the aisle. Heres a few reason why it might not be for you:

1. Timing

Once again timing is a factor you must consider. To save time later you may have to move things up in the morning, which may mean an earlier start for you.

2. Tradition

Ireland is a hugely traditional country and most people will want the tradition of walking down the aisle and see each other for the first time then as the tradition they want to keep alive. Which is totally fine!  🙂

3. Bad Luck

Depending how superstitious you are! But the belief that it’s bad luck for the bride to see the groom before the ceremony is one that is certainly still talked a lot about today.

Kathy Silke Photography - Ireland Wedding Photographer - First Look 1-5

Kathy Silke Photography - Ireland Wedding Photographer - First Look 1-5

Do you dare to do something different or stay with tradition?

Not sure which to choose? I’d love to chat with you and learn more about what you have for your wedding day. As an Ireland wedding photographer with experience shooting weddings with and without a First Look experience, I am happy to listen and then share my professional opinion based on your specific needs. Just email me at [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you!

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