You may have caught that I alluded to our pre-ceremony pictures in my post about transportation. And I meant it just like it sounded—we’ll be doing all of the bridal party, immediate family, and couple’s photos before the ceremony.
So that means we’re in the first-look camp!
I don’t think there’s a right or a wrong way to go about the first-look decision, so I’m just sharing our reasoning for it here and it might help if you’re undecided. I loved the idea of a first look since I first heard about it years ago, and I always felt like it would be a good option for us. I really love surprises—both planning them and being surprised—and the idea of a first look gives me the same kind of rush as executing a good surprise. Or maybe I’m just narcissistic and want some good pictures of him observing how good I look in my dress. Same diff.
Once we get to wedding planning, I’m even more confident in this idea. First, do you remember our church, St. Francis?
St. Francis church aisle / Photo by Art de Vie
OK, so the angle and the lens may be exaggerating the image on the right a little, but it’s still a very long aisle. Our first glimpse of each other in the church will be from quite a distance, and we certainly won’t be able to see each other’s faces clearly. I’m sure it will still be an emotional moment, but I’d much prefer our reveal to each other to be at a proximity where no one feels inclined to squint to see the other. I want to see that look in his eyes and his smile when he sees me as a bride for the first time, and I can’t do that from the vestibule.