A first look is a special moment for nearlyweds to see each other before the ceremony. There are many advantages to having a first look and it can be such a beautiful and intimate time to enjoy a moment of peace together before the hustle and bustle of the big day!

My number one regret from my own wedding day was not doing a first look! Don't get me wrong, our day was incredible, but if I was more aware of a "first look" I would have jumped at the opportunity!

A first look may not be for everyone which is totally fine! If you have been toying with the idea of a first look but maybe your partner is not quite convinced, grab a drink (cuppa or a G&T!) and read on together!

Excitement & anticipation building!


There can be a lot of nerves and excitement on your big day. Having a first look can help alleviate these jitters before walking down the aisle and lessen any anxiety. Settling these nerves prior to the ceremony can help make the day go smoother and allow you to be in the moment of the ceremony if you are nervous! Plus who wouldn't want to have a sneaky peek before Uncle Bob possibly weasels his way to the front of the aisle with the Ipad and blocks your view of each other!


There is something so special about seeing your significant other for the first time on your wedding day and them seeing you! Having a first look without family and friends watching, followed directly by a ceremony ensures you can have this time to truly be in the moment together. A first look can typically last around 30-45 minutes, this may be the only time during your day that you and your lover can fully take in the moment!


A big pro with doing a first look, you can save time from doing bridal portraits and maybe even bridal party portraits after the ceremony. Doing a few shots with your partner and bridal party means more time at your reception celebrating with family & friends! You also have the added advantage of being able to select where the first look is conducted. Meaning you can have off site photos in locations which might not have been an option originally right after the ceremony due to time restraints.

Not to worry if you are wanting some beautiful natural lit golden hour photos, we can duck away for a quick ten minutes to capture those images before heading right back to the party!


A few things to weigh up when deciding if a first look on your wedding day is for you and your partner.

  • Timing; hair and makeup will need to begin earlier in order to be ready in time for the first look.
  • You will look super fresh in your first look photos but depending on locations wedding attire may get dirty.
  • "Breaking traditions" - some people would rather see their bride/groom for the first time walking down the aisle, which is completely understandable (just remember, a first look however won't take away from that special moment at all!).


Ask anyone you know who has gotten married, I can guarantee you they will say "the day just goes so quick!".

A first look can provide you with some extra alone time on your day with your partner, being able to enjoy canapes or happy hour with friends and family and not feeling rushed with your photos. A first look isn't for everyone though and together we can discuss timelines if you are after particular shots at certain parts of the day.

Happy Planning!