I know I've talked about these before. So, I'm not going to bore you. Instead, I'm just going to let one of my lovely friends, Laura, share about her experience with a first look.
I loved doing a 'first look'. I was so nervous before the wedding, but seeing my groom beforehand totally put me at ease. It was great to have a time that was just the two of us that day (something you just don't get again until you drive away from the reception) -- we had our own special moments to take each other in, embrace and anticipate (together!) all that the rest of the day had in store, and spend some quiet time in prayer together. I cherish the picture that captures the intimate first hug from that day, and the moments that followed as we prepared to say 'I do'. I wondered if I would feel that it took some of the specialness from 'the big moment' when the bride enters the church during the ceremony. But, I actually felt that it created two really special moments. One when my groom and I first saw each other - a moment that was all our own - and another when I entered the church where all of our loved ones had gathered to celebrate with us. Then I appreciated knowing we had time to get all the pictures that we wanted, of just the two of us, our bridal party and our immediate families, without feeling the need to rush to meet our waiting guests at the reception. I would definitely recommend doing a 'first look' to other couples!
Just for the record - this is still one of my favorite photos we have ever captured! Aubrey could not wait for Laura to make it down the aisle. About halfway through - he took off towards her. The moment was breathtaking! Look at the where he embraces her! They then took a few minutes together and he checked out the ENTIRE dress. They made their way to the front of the church and spent some time praying together. It was truly magical - and only Mike, myself, and the videographer had the front row seat. Definitely a perk to this job!