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I'm Mylah, a luxury wedding photographer based in Austin, Texas, capturing timeless and tangible memories that celebrate marriage.
I’ve been blogging about how great first looks are for 5 years! They’re absolutely wonderful! If you’re new to the first look, it’s where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. The groom is set in a secluded spot with no onlookers. The bride walks up behind him and taps him on the shoulder (or calls his name) to signal to him that it is safe to turn around. He turns to see the love of his life and she smiles from ear to ear as she watches his true reaction without distraction. He’s able to freely react to seeing her, as there aren’t 100s of eyeballs set on his face full of expectation to how he *should* be reacting. They’re able to hug each other, pray together, laugh and cry in each other’s arms. She twirls, as he admires the dress and they take as long as they need to fully embrace the moment of being together, by themselves, on their wedding day. It’s the day they promise forever to each other and they get to breathe in everything special about the day, together.
Some people may immediately say no to the first look because of how “untraditional” it is, but there are a ton of great benefits to it! Couples that opt to include a first look get twice as many romantic portraits of the two of them on their wedding day. These are the favorite images that get framed above the mantel! Couples that include a first look also get to take their bridal party photos before the ceremony, so bridesmaids are fresh out of hair and make-up for photos and groomsmen get to go straight to cocktail hour after the ceremony. With a first look, couples also get some of those wedding day jitters out, that don’t happen until the morning of the wedding. Believe me, I was a bride before I was a photographer, so I know this one to be true! By including a first look, couples also get to start dinner early, so guests aren’t waiting or they get to enjoy part of their own cocktail hour with guests they have been wanting to visit with. First looks also mean that you get to have a longer wedding day, as the day gets started when you see each other: either at the first look or at the ceremony.
My favorite part of the first look is, hands-down, that couples who include one actually get to spend time together on their wedding day. They get a few minutes alone, to themselves, to just enjoy the moment with the one person they want to on that day: the person they’re about to vow forever to. You get to spend time together and truly/freely react to seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day. Couples who wait until the ceremony don’t even get to hug each other, as they go straight into the ceremony. The groom can’t even tell you how beautiful you are until 30 minutes later, after the ceremony is over, and by then, the reaction isn’t the same. It’s even more different than the initial first glance because your bridal party joins you about 30 seconds after y’all are out of the aisle. Not only is the reaction saved for 30 minutes, it can only be expressed for about 30 seconds before all the hugs and congratulations start flooding in.
However, I don’t want you to just take my word for it that first looks are AWESOME. I’ve asked some of our Fall 2017 couples to chime in about their first-hand first look experience and this is what they had to say.
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Mylah Renae is a luxury wedding photographer based in Austin, Texas, capturing timeless and tangible memories that celebrate marriage.