First Looks Inspo

First looks are so special and we love seeing these moments captured.  Many couples are opting for a more intimate first look, instead of having the groom see his bride for the first time when she walks down the aisle.  It’s more personal and gives the couple the chance to really spend time together before the ceremony (don’t forget to have a photographer capture the beautiful moment)!  Here are 5 ways to get a great first look:

1. The Standard

Usually, the bride sneaks up on the groom and taps him on the shoulder to turn around.  You’ll want the photographer to capture the whole time you are approaching him and the very moment he turns around.

2. Letter Reading

The best photos of this set up are usually on different sides of a door, such that the photographer can see both the bride and the groom at the same time, but they can’t see each other.  Then, couples will exchange letters that they wrote for each other.  It’s bound to get super emotional.  At that point, you can either have a first look, or still save the surprise for the altar.

3. Blindfolds

There’s nothing cuter than a blindfolded groom having the blindfold removed by the bride.  It’s tender and simple and gives an up close first look.

4. Hand-Holding

Kind of like the letter reading, set up the bride and groom on different sides of a door or wall such that they can hold hands around the side.  Share an intimate moment before the ceremony.

5. With Dad

A first look that often gets neglected is the first look with Dad.  In the Jewish tradition, this is actually a very common first look, and it is SO cute!  Dads get so emotional about giving their little girls away.

Like Katherine Heigl in “27 Dresses”, our favorite part of weddings is the groom’s face when he first sees the bride.  And now there are more options about how and when that happens!