Updated: Jan 26
A wonderful way to start the day together is the "First Look".
BUT WHAT IS THE "FIRST LOOK"?
As the name suggests, this is the very first moment the bridal couple sees each other. Traditionally, this happens as the bride comes down the aisle, and then it is over in a few seconds because you focus on the ceremony.
I highly recommend the "First Look" to you, because it is all about you and your love! You do not have much time for each other during the whole day. At the wedding ceremony you are nervous and excited. Then all the guests, friends, family, relatives congratulate, then it's off to the reception and in between the photographer comes in. If not scheduled - which I warmly recommend - there are no quiet minutes just for you. For that the "First Look" is perfect.
In my experience this is the most intimate and emotional moment between the two of you and gives you the opportunity to enjoy this sweet moment longer.
My sister told me: "We decided to have this special moment just for us, and it really was. Special and unique. The thought of going to the altar without him was unimaginable to me. This is the man I want to spend the rest of my life with, so he should see me first! And I should see him. I really didn't want to share this unique and precious moment with everyone else. We enjoyed these minutes to the fullest; we could calm down, hold hands and let our emotions run free. In my memory this was the most emotional and important moment of the day".
THE ADVANTAGES OF A "FIRST LOOK":
Some people do not like the spotlight and literally "fear" the moment they enter the wedding venue. Even if you are not scared, you could be very excited or nervous. When you see each other for the first time, just the two of you, you can calm down wonderfully together, take the pressure off for the "walking down the aisle" moment, and you have a few precious minutes before the big day begins. The "First Look" is magical and belongs only to you. This moment is intimate and personal without other eyes (except the camera). You can laugh together, cry together, take time to admire your outfits - whatever your reaction will be, it will be a beautiful and special moment just for you two.
Write a little love letter to each other and exchange it at the "First Look" to read it. Also a cute idea, give yourselves a little talisman for the day. If you have a gift for your partner and don't want to hand it over during the preparation, the "First Look" is a good time to do so. For the wedding photographer / videographer the "First Look" is especially exciting because it is full of emotions and really happens unplanned. Some couples think up different scenarios, others just let it happen.
And now I hope that these tips about the "First Look" could inspire you a bit. Will you integrate such an intimate moment only two of you into your routine?
Do you need help planning your destination wedding on Santorini or do you have any questions? I am at your disposal, just write me an email - I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra from Bespoke Weddings Santorini