The first look was popularized a few years back now, but I still find most prospective clients are still unaware and continually inquire as to what exactly that means...
The first look is a conscious choice to see each other, in full wedding attire, before the ceremony, with a focus on creating an especially intimate moment, full of surprise and wonder, that is shared by a bride and groom, alone, in anticipation of their soon-to-be official union to each other.
Many stray from this idea purely because of its non-traditional nature. At first glance, it feels like an affront to the age old rule of not seeing your husband before the ceremony. In actuality, I find it to be quite the opposite. It heightens that moment of first seeing your loved one in all their glory of wedding attire, and amplifies the emotions that come along with that "first look," because it intentionally removes all obstacles and distractions and drives the focus to sharing that moment just as it should be. Just you. And the one you love. A moment together, as you embark on the greatest journey of your lives on the most important day of your lives. A quiet, intentional reminder in the busyness of the day, "I'm here. I love you. This is our day. I'm yours. Forever."
As photographers, yes, this is a luxury, for any number of reasons. The settings are unique, the emotions real, the images powerful. And of course, there's no complaint about the extra time it affords to accomplish a greater spread of work than the usual brief period awarded after the ceremony. But it's not about me.
Nichole & Daniel's first look was ideal. At the Marl Inn in Yorktown, VA; it was beautiful, private and perfect. In every way.