This week I wanted to share something from our wedding. Dustin and I have been married for almost 6 years. One of the things I loved most about our wedding was the photography, more specifically that we opted to do the “First Look” with our photographer. If you aren’t familiar with the “First Look”, it is when the bride and groom see each other before the wedding.
Our photographer, Catherine Guidry, was absolutely amazing and when I brought up the idea she was so excited that we wanted to do this.
Here are 3 reasons why we decided to do the first look:
When I first heard about “The First Look” I looked up why couples normally don’t see each other before the wedding. This is what I found on BridalGuide.com:
During the time when arranged marriages were custom, the betrothed couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding at all. The wedding symbolized a business deal between two families (romantic, huh?), and a father would have been pleased for his daughter to marry a man from a rich, land-owning family. But he also feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and thought she wasn’t attractive, he’d call off the wedding, casting shame onto the bride and her family. Therefore, it became a tradition that the bride and groom were only allowed to meet at the wedding ceremony so that the groom did not have the opportunity to change his mind.
We wanted our photographer to capture pictures of “First Look” with just Dustin and I. We thought it would be so special and intimate for it just to be us when we first saw each other. I’m sure we can all agree that your wedding day goes by so fast and this was such a special time for Dustin and me to spend together.
Just a side note from the “husband”. Gretchen doesn’t know about my little edit here. Sabotage!
I loved this idea as well and I have to say that Catherine and Gretchen were very slick about setting this up. Catherine had asked me to come outside so she could take individual photos of the groom. Little did I know that Gretchen was walking up behind me. If you’re wondering, no I did not cry. My allergies were just in full force that day. Yep. Allergies. What a coincidence!
She looked absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t take my watery allergic eyes off her. It’s an intimate moment we will have forever.
Plus, little did we know that our family and our wedding party were watching through the window, sharing the moment with us!
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Another reason why we decided to do a “First Look” was because we planned for Dustin and I to take our pictures and then use the beautiful grounds to take pictures with the bridal party. We were even able to take pictures with our immediate family before the ceremony as well. This allowed us to have a different backdrop for our pictures instead of all pictures being taken inside the church after the ceremony. Since we had taken the majority of the pictures before the ceremony, we spent about 15-20 minutes afterward to take the rest of the family pictures inside the church. This allowed us to get to the reception much earlier than most couples do to enjoy the rest of the night with our family and friends.
Did you stay with tradition or did you do the “First Look?” Please comment below and share your thoughts.