Here are some wedding first look ideas that may just inspire you to forego the traditional approach to seeing your future spouse for the first time.
Over the years, there have been many time-honored traditions: “penny in the shoe”, “something borrowed, something blue” and giving knives as a wedding gift was considered bad luck. Then little by little, couples began opting for non-traditional approaches to their wedding. For instance, in my experience as a wedding photographer, I’ve seen men standing in for “maid of honor”, and women be the “best man”; now, I’m photographing more ceremonies in the beautiful outdoors instead of in chapels, and about half of my clients are opting out of “bouquet and garter throwing” (too cheesy) and instead, just dancing the night away!
Up until recently, there was one rather sacred tradition that just wasn’t messed with: that the first time that the groom’s eyes rested upon his bride was when she walked down the aisle. But can that tradition still be “honored” when your future spouse sees you prior to the ceremony? Let’s think about his for a minute: Both approaches take place before the wedding vows have even taken place, So why the fuss? The only difference is minor; that of where and when you see each other. Now let’s get to the heart of the matter. Will the fact that he sees you alone, apart from your friends and family “spoil” the emotion of the moment? In the many weddings that I have photographed, trust me, there are just as many tears of joy in either scenario! As a matter of fact, when no one else is around, and when you don’t feel the need to be “in control”, you’ll feel freer to just be yourselves, let the emotions flow and enjoy the moment even more!
One final note: If after thinking it over, you’re still on the fence, you can still have that “connection” without actually seeing each other. You can hold hands on either side of a wall (I’ve even photographed couples who used a makeshift curtain) or read each other the notes that you’ve composed to one another. As you can see this can really make for some fun photo ops! I hope that this post has given you some inspiration for your wedding.
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