As a fine art wedding photographer with a passion for telling stories through timeless and romantic photographs, I understand the importance of making thoughtful choices that align with the overall vision of your wedding day. One such decision is whether to have a first look on your wedding day. In this blog post, we'll delve into all to help you make the best choice for your special wedding day.

Your wedding day is a deeply personal experience, and my approach is centered around providing a personalized, high-end, and luxury photography experience from start to finish. Your love story is unique, and it is my privilege to capture the nuances, emotions, and breathtaking beauty that unfold throughout your day. No matter what decision you make regarding the first look, I am dedicated to crafting timeless and romantic photographs that reflect the essence of your love and the elegance of your celebration. I'm here for you and your story.

The First Look

Embrace the intimacy:

A first look allows you and your partner to share an intimate moment together before the ceremony. It's an opportunity to express your emotions, exchange private words, and savor the anticipation of the day. This intimate connection can set the tone for the rest of your celebration.

Tips: If you choose to have a first look, select a location that reflects your style and enhances the romantic atmosphere. A beautiful garden, a secluded spot with breathtaking views, or an elegantly decorated room can create the perfect backdrop for this special moment.

Another idea is to exchange personal vows, like the couple below. They had a traditional Catholic ceremony so they chose to incorporate heartfelt personal wedding vows during a first look and it was so special. It really set the the tone for a magical wedding day and they said it was its own special moment- it didn't take away from the pivotal moment of the ceremony.

Traditional Aisle Reveal

Cherish Tradition

For some couples, the tradition of seeing each other for the first time as you walk down the aisle holds great significance. The anticipation builds, and the moment becomes even more poignant when shared with loved ones. It's a time-honored tradition that adds a touch of magic to your wedding day.

Tip: If you prefer the traditional approach, consider incorporating unique elements that elevate the anticipation. Imagine a long walk down a flower-strewn aisle, or the moment your eyes meet at the end of a beautifully decorated aisle. These timeless traditions can create powerful memories and photographs.


One practical aspect to consider is the impact of lighting on your photographs. With a first look, you have the advantage of capturing formal portraits and couple shots when natural light is at its best. This allows for stunning images that reflect the fine art aesthetic you desire.

Tip: If you decide against a first look, consult with me, or whoever your photographer is, to plan a separate portrait session after the ceremony. Take advantage of the post-ceremony glow and the romantic golden hour light, ensuring that your photographs are timed perfectly for dreamy light.

Alternative Solutions:

There are alternative options that provide a middle ground between having a first look and waiting until the ceremony. Some couples choose to exchange heartfelt letters or have a moment of connection without seeing each other. This allows for an intimate experience while preserving the surprise for the ceremony.

Tip: If you opt for an alternative solution, discuss it with your photographer. They can suggest creative ways to capture these special moments in a way that beautifully complements your fine art wedding.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to have a first look or not should reflect your unique style, preferences, and vision. Remember that your wedding day is a celebration of your love story, and it should be an authentic reflection of who you are as a couple.

Tip: Trust your instincts and communicate openly with your photographer. Share your vision, expectations, and any specific elements you want to incorporate into your photographs. Their expertise and artistic eye will ensure that your fine art wedding is captured beautifully, regardless of your choice.

Choosing whether to have a first look is a personal decision that requires careful consideration. It's an opportunity to infuse your fine art wedding with a touch of intimacy or tradition, while ensuring that your photographs reflect the romance and nostalgia you desire. Whether you choose to see each other before the ceremony or wait until the aisle, remember that your wedding day is a canvas for your love story, and I am here to create timeless, fine art images that will be cherished for generations to come.

Are you ready to embark on this journey of love and artistry? Contact me to learn more!