Laura's Advice: Should You do a First Look?


I want to start by saying, your photographer should never, ever force you to do something you do not want to do on your wedding day. This should go without saying, but I have heard too many stories about photographers forcing opinions, posing, etc. on their couples. Remember it is your day, you get to decide what you will and will not be doing :)

With that being said, I get asked the question “should we do a First Look?” and here is my response, “it is completely up to you!” It is truly such a personal decision and there are a lot of factors that play into making this decision.

A few things to consider when making a decision:

  • Will it make you anxious to not see your groom before the ceremony?

  • How will the light be on your wedding day? Will it be dark outside when your ceremony is over?

  • Will you want a private moment with your groom before walking down the aisle?

  • Do you want to head straight to your reception after your ceremony? Get to mingle and enjoy cocktail hour with your guests?

Regardless of what you decide, the moment you see your groom, whether that is walking down the aisle, or during a private First Look, will be one of the sweetest moments of your entire day!