I think out of all wedding pictures, first looks are my favorite. They’re definitely a recent phenomenon, but I appreciate the logistic advantage—they allow the bride and groom to enjoy some of the cocktail hour or at least not spend a ton of time taking photos after the ceremony.
(Photo by Kyle Hepp)
(Photos by Denise Bovee)
(Photos by Caroline Ghetes)
However, I know there’s a debate. Tradition dictates that the groom sees his bride for the first time when she’s walking down the aisle. His first look at her is also everyone else’s, and there’s definitely something special about that. I should note here that I love these pictures too”¦
(Photos by Bryan Johnson)
Maybe I just like the idea of someone being in awe of my beauty? 🙂 (Photo by Joie Lala)
So, what to do? I was kind of on the side of waiting until the aisle walk”¦until Wolfman told me it was really important to him to get this:
(Photo by Gabe Aceves)
We’ll be blocks away from the National Mall, the Washington Monument, and the White House. Wolfman made a great point—it’s a small number of couples that have the opportunity to commemorate their big day with such icons. How cool will it be to look back and not only remember our wedding day, but also the city in which we fell in love”¦the capital of our country (cue “America the Beautiful” and flag waving here)? So”¦we gotta do it, right? Right.
This is just a long-winded way of saying we will be doing a first look. Since it’s winter and we’re having an evening ceremony”¦this means we need to get these pictures done beforehand if we want any sunlight. The current plan is to just get an Uber to ride around with us and our photographer to hit all the major points of interest—and we’ve over-budgeted time just in case it’s slower than we think. It helps that we only really want couple pictures with the monuments—not of our entire party. I’m excited about this”¦and I’m pumped to be able to go to cocktail hour eat our awesome passed appetizers!
Where do you all fall on the first-look debate? What made your decision—logistics, like us, or something else?