One of my absolute favorite moments to capture on a wedding day is when a bride and groom see one another during their First Look. It's total goosebumps! There are so many benefits of doing a First Look including the bride and groom having this private moment, having plenty of time for photos, etc. CLICK HERE
to read the post I wrote on what a First Look is and why you may just want to do one!
Once a couple decides to do a First Look during their wedding planning, the next question is often "where should we do our First Look?" The options are endlessss... Really the location of the First Look is completely
up to the couple and where they would like to have this special reveal and moment. However, there are a few things that I think are important to think about when selecting a location:
One of the things I think is super important is making sure it is a somewhat private location. This moment between the two of you is sacred, beautiful, and intimate. It's a moment the two of you will never forget and cherish forever. When you see one another for the first time on your wedding day you want to feel whatever emotions you are feeling and not feel like you have to hold them in. Grooms, if the sight of your bride brings you to tears, you should feel comfortable enough to let them flow and just hold her in a tight embrace. Brides, is you want to wrap your arms around your soon to be husband and tell him of the excitement on your heart, you should feel like you can without holding back. Sometimes when other people are around during a first look or if there are spectators in close proximity it can take away from the focus of the moment and couples feel self conscious.
When thinking about locations, you also want to keep in mind if that location is quiet. You want to hold one another, let your hearts overflow with excitement and talk with one another with no distractions. You want to whisper sweet nothings to each other, not scream over the passing trains or beeping traffic. I mean, what bride wants to miss a word of what their groom says the first time he sees her in her wedding dress?!
Place For Photos Afterward.
Typically right after the First Look, we will take photos of the bride and groom together - sometimes just a few but often most of their portraits. We also frequently take bridal party photos at this location as well (who can wait a long distance away during the First Look or will meet you at the location after). ? So when selecting a location, think about also if it is a good place to take photos afterwards. However, if after the First Look we will be travelling to another location for photos, make sure your timeline allows for this travel in advance!
Having the First Look take place at a location that is close to (or at) the getting ready location or ceremony/reception location may also be something you want to think about. If the location you have in mind for the First Look is 20 minutes in the opposite direction of where everything else is, just make sure you account for this extra travel time in your timeline!