December 3, 2021


Katelyn Workman


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The First Look Explained and Why You Should Have One

The first look can be such a controversial topic when wedding planning, so I wanted to share what a first look is and why we think it is the best option for your wedding day!

What is a first look?

It is a private moment in the midst of the craziness of the wedding day where you and your soon-to-be spouse get to see each other for the first time. Typically it is just the two of you, your photographers (who are quietly capturing the moment without interrupting) and your videographer. Some couples also choose to read their vows to other here, or read aloud the letters they have written each other. Some just choose to see each other and get a moment to be together in an intimate way before the ceremony.

We know that the moment the bride walks down the aisle has been romanticized in every movie with a wedding ever made; and it is such a sweet moment. But girls put SO much pressure on their groom to have this huge reaction with tears flowing, and most of the time, the guys are so nervous from these expectations built up that they are honestly just relieved when that moment finally comes.

Why should you choose a first look?

  1. It takes the pressure off.

Like I mentioned, there is SO much pressure on the groom to react a certain way, and it is very hard to be vulnerable with your feelings in front of hundreds of guest. We find that as soon as the first look happens, the groom is so relieved and all of the stress is gone, so when the aisle moment comes they are actually MORE emotional because the stress is gone.first look first look first look

     2. It is more intimate.

Brides, the moment your almost husband sees you in your dream wedding dress is a BIG one. One that everyone is anticipating. But how much more special to experience that moment alone and have a little time just the two of you. Your wedding day is about the two of you before anyone else! You can also have a minute to tell each other how amazing you look instead of just standing in front of everyone in that moment.

     3. You get more portraits.

Obviously since I am a wedding photographer I care a lot about the photos… but you will, too! Not only do you get really special photos of your first look reactions alone, but you’ll have time to get some of your major portraits done before the ceremony! You’ll have more time to be relaxed and enjoy your reception, and more variety in your photos. If you want a little extra “wow” for the ceremony aisle moment, you can save the veil for the ceremony. We love this option!

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Your wedding day is about YOU and your love story, it isn’t about following rules and what other people’s expectations are. So if you want to spend time with each other and have that intimate moment, it is okay! Honestly, your guests don’t even have to know because you will still be excited to see each other down the aisle as everything becomes real!

Have questions or concerns about having a first look? Just leave it in the comments!

Want to see real weddings with first looks? Check these out!

Grandview Cottages Wedding

Annie Lanes Wedding Resort Wedding

Thomas, West Virginia Wedding

Want the KWP Experience for your wedding? Inquire to check your date and see our collection options! west virginia wedding photographer

With love,

Katelyn Workman


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