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Bridal Advice | Why a First Look can change your Wedding Day!

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Why a First Look can change your Wedding Day!

So I want to start out by saying I get why so many Brides immediately say they are not interested in a “First Look.” They want the first time their Groom sees them to be as they are walking down the aisle and they are just hoping this reaction is accompanied by tears! But what if I tell you that you can still get this type of reaction and much more with a First Look?

I have to admit I was just as skeptical when I was planning my own Wedding Photography and deciding whether I wanted to do a First Look and let me tell you it was one of the BEST decisions I made! So for all my Brides out there or future Brides, do me a favor and at least read my experience as a real Bride and Wedding Photographer  and have an open mind!


What if you could have two reactions on your wedding day … an intimate moment with your soon to be husband and the moment you walk down the aisle in front of all your best friends and family? Traditionally Brides are scared by the idea that they will lose the Grooms reaction as they walk down the aisle if they see each other before the ceremony. But speaking from my own experience as well as my husbands, this is definitely not the case!

Imagine your Groom waiting with his back to you  as you walk towards him and then slowly call out his name to turn. This simulates what it will be like as you are walking down the aisle and instead of your Groom worrying about his vows or all the people who are watching him, his attention is just on you and how gorgeous you look! You both can cry, embrace, hug, kiss and say whatever you want to say in that First Look instead of having to wait until after a ceremony!

And then comes the ceremony … and the butterflies all over again! You are separated again and waiting to walk down the aisle in front of all your family and friends. You are officially going to be MARRIED! This is a completely different and unreal feeling that no First Look can take away! When you see each other for the First Look you are experiencing that moment when you both see each other dressed as a Bride and a Groom and can focus on how amazing you both look and shake off any nerves you might have. But when you see each other walking down the aisle this moment is all about what is SHOULD be … your vows and becoming HUSBAND and WIFE!

After Kevin and I shared our First Look all I remember is being so much more excited to walk down the aisle and MARRY the love of my life. We both felt the butterflies all over again in anticipation of becoming MR + MRS. And best yet was that we already spent some amazing moments together on our wedding and were creating many more to remember our special day!


OK, so this may not always seem obvious but when you traditionally walk down the aisle and shock your husband to be with how beautiful you look he does not even have a chance to tell you how gorgeous you look, he can’t embrace you or talk to you! You will have to wait until the ceremony is over and sometimes longer before he can tell you how amazingly beautiful you look and by that time the First Look has long passed.

You’re wedding day is about you and your Groom so why wouldn’t you want to spend more time TOGETHER? Doing a First Look allows you to spend time together alone on your wedding day which is pretty rare. There was nothing I wanted more on my wedding day than to spend as much time with Kevin as I possibly could. And since you just experienced your First Look this puts you in the perfect mode for dreamy romantic portraits!


You are investing a lot of money into you’re wedding! You want to have gorgeous portraits to remember all the hard work and planning that went into your special day but you also want to be a part of the party and experience everything , like mingling and enjoying the amazing hors d’oeuvres you picked out! Choosing to do a First Look allows you to get almost all of your portraits done prior to your ceremony giving you the chance to mingle with guests during cocktail hour or capture additional family formals. With a First Look I am able to capture Bride and Groom photos , Bridal Party and even some family formals before the ceremony even begins!


If you are like me and my husband Kevin as well as most of my Brides and Grooms, you may be a little …. OK maybe more than a little nervous about the whole walking down the aisle or reading your vows! So from my own experience as well as my Brides and Grooms who did a First Look, it really helps you feel more relaxed and ready for the ceremony. No more sweaty palms!

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  • Anonymous

    26.04.2016 at 19:04 Reply

    Love this article and was thinking about a first look. This helps solidify my decision! Thanks Mallori!

    • Mallori Ma | Photography

      26.04.2016 at 22:53 Reply

      Oh YAY!! I am so happy this was helpful for you!

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