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What is a first look?

A wedding day sees two lovers promising to be together forever, saying vows that take them over the threshold into married life, but, before they do there’s that moment. That moment when both their eye’s meet for the first time on their wedding, when they realise they’re looking at the person they will be spending the rest of their life with and it’s all about to begin, life as husband and wife!

The tradition of the groom not seeing his bride before their wedding is still very common in western cultured weddings. Its practice was originally founded through arranged marriages, as it was believed that if the bride and groom were given the opportunity to see a glimpse of their soon-to-be spouse before the ceremony, one of them may back out if they didn’t like what they saw. Although the idea of bad luck (believed to be the result of someone being left at the altar) would seem to be the motivation behind the traditions common use, we believe a truer aspect of its use is heightened suspense and anticipation.

Contraryto popular belief

the influence on anticipation by not seeing each other before a bride walks down the aisle can also be struck in a more private session, this being the “First Look”. Although not overly common in the UK, you may already know of this custom if you have attended a destination wedding or have family out with the UK, living in the United States or Canada.

A first look is where the bride and groom see each other for the first time usually a few hours before their wedding ceremony, usually taking place in private, held at a separate location. It is a wonderful moment to capture in film and stills however foremost it allows the couple a moment of peace and reflection before the whirlwind that will be their ceremony and celebrations.

Whatdo you think?

It really depends on each individual couple whether a first look is right for them of course. Some couples feel they’ll be more relaxed if they see each other before the ceremony and claim that the time together alone calms the nerves before the main event and some rather hold to traditions and share that moment with family and friends.

So, that moment when both your eye’s meet for the first time on your wedding, when you realise you’re looking at the person you’ll be spending the rest of your life with and it’s all about to happen, will this moment be on the aisle or privately together?

FYI, there’s no wrong answer

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