You wake up early. Head fueled by coffee and a beautiful vision, you start getting ready, the day’s checklists bouncing around in your brain. Was the seating chart finished? Will it work? What time are the flowers arriving, and speaking of arriving, did your bridesmaids get the memo about the time they’re supposed to show up for makeup? And the rings– can’t forget the rings!
While a good wedding planner will reduce those stressors greatly, even a couple who has delegated well can’t help but feel those wedding day jitters.
Because weddings can be a production. You have co-performers and an audience you want to please while at the same time trying to please yourself. And sometimes it’s easy to forget that its not the flowers, the ornamentation, the bridesmaids’ dresses or the grooms’ bow-ties that REALLY matter. The most important person is the one that’s going to be standing across from you at the alter when the music stops. The one who’s hug can calm your spirit or make your heart race.
Enter the First Look.
It’s not a new tradition, but it’s one that is sometimes met with a bit of trepidation. After all doesn’t a groom wait to see his bride at the alter? Wouldn’t it be unlucky? We have to admit, when it comes to a couple opting to do a first look we’re a bit biased. It makes for great film- an honest and unscripted moment that gives us as film-makers material to make a wedding film more personal and powerful. (See Courtney and Daniel’s trailer below.)
But it makes for even more than a great film or photo op(See photos from Alicia Antoinette Photography at the top of this post). It’s a reminder of what matters, of why you’re embarking on this journey, and a reminder of the fact that everything is going to be okay.
Thanks to Courtney and Daniel, and Sarah and AJ for allowing us to share their first looks! It was a pleasure working with Alicia Parrino and the team from Alicia Antoinette Photography. It was also a pleasure collaborating with Ashleigh Jayne Photography for Courtney and Daniel.