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Should You Consider a First Look on Your Wedding Day

It’s a new age, so it’s no longer considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. What’s more, there are actually some pretty big advantages to a first-look session prior to the wedding. Not only are the bride, groom, bridal party and family in top form, the bride and bridesmaids’ hair and makeup are fresh, and the groom and groomsmen are still OK with being in their tuxes.
If you do decide to go with a pre-ceremony formal portrait approach, be sure to set aside 15 minutes of private time for just the two of you. These private moments, before you start taking more formal, posed portraits, are often the most special for the bride and groom. You are able to share a moment together, or exchange meaningful gifts, relax and think about the moments to come. This quiet, contemplative time also serves as a break to calm your nerves. This healthy pre-ceremony atmosphere creates a smooth, steady flow through the day’s events. Getting this step out of the way early in the day frees up the rest of your time to spend with your guests.
This may be the first time you have come across a First Look and you may think its a fantastic idea or perhaps you’re still not sure if it’s right for you. If you want to find out a bit more about what a First Look is all about we’ve scoured the web for a little research on this ever more popular concept: Inside Weddings magazine have written a fantastic article on the subject, you can have a look at some examples of first look photographs on renown wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes and read this genuine feedback from grooms who opted for a First Look on their wedding day from American photographer Jasmine Star. If you are considering this for your wedding and have any questions for us please get in touch and we can share our thoughts on how this may work for your big day.


Nicola and Glen are an international wedding photography duo based in the Cotswolds. They specialise in destination weddings in the English countryside servicing clients from London and abroad getting married in the English countryside. Their work is about helping people feel relaxed and natural in front of the camera and experience the joy of having their love documented. They are themselves a couple and together bring their own unique perspectives to create the most beautiful record of two people on their wedding day.





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Nicola & Glen