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Should You Do a First Look?

First looks might not be quite as new of a concept as it used to be, but as a wedding photographer one of the most common questions I see couples grappling with as they plan their dream wedding is: should we do a first look? So, if you find yourself asking that very question – whether it be now or in the near future – let me walk you through some major reasons why couples choose a first look, and a few pro-tips for how to connect one-on-one with the love of your life if you decide to skip it! 

While first looks are relatively common these days, its ok if you’ve never heard of them! First and foremost, a first look is a special moment carved out on your wedding day for you and your significant other. It’s a time before the ceremony where you get to see each other all dressed up for the first time on your wedding day. Traditionally, your big ceremony entrance is where couples see each other for the first time, but first looks have become really popular in recent years as the wedding industry has changed, and, in my opinion, for good reason. Let’s get into why…

Emotional Connection:

I think one of the most compelling reasons to do a first look is to be intentional about being able to soak in as many individual moments of your wedding day as possible. Getting married is a BIG DEAL. And it comes with some big nerves, and big feelings. Seeing each other before the ceremony is such a great way to ground yourselves, to share your excitement, and to just really cherish what is about to happen (you’re about to get married!!)

One-on-One Time:

Another reason to do a first look is that it allows you and your partner to have more one-on-one time together on your wedding day. Lets be real, your wedding day will FLY BY. It just always does. UNLESS, you’re intentional about the time you share together, just the two of you. A first look is such a great way to have a few extra moments alone, amongst a busy, busy day.


And lastly, this is (in my opinion) probably the biggest reason to do a first look – the timeline. As a wedding photographer, the timeline is always on my mind! If a couple opts out of having a first look, all formal wedding photos typically occur after the ceremony, during the cocktail hour. This includes family, wedding party, and couples portraits, which can consume the entire cocktail hour. While this is totally doable, taking all photos during cocktail hour leaves little time for you to enjoy the beautifully planned festivities and connect with your guests before the reception. With a first look, you can get your portraits done, leaving any other formal photos to be completed quickly after the ceremony!  

HOWEVER. If you DON’T want to do a first look, you can still have an INCREDIBLE wedding day. Here are some ideas to support a more traditional wedding day, sans first look!

Extended Cocktail Hour:

While the timeline can get crunched if you do a typical 60 minute cocktail hour, if you extend it even by about 30 minutes you’ll be able to do all your couple and family portraits, while still being able to enjoy your cocktail hour for a little bit. 

Take a Moment:

Whether you have 10 or 15 minutes alone in a private room before entering the reception or a private last dance at the end of the night, alone on the dance floor, there are plenty of ways to connect with your partner on your wedding day.  Whatever you choose to do, I always recommend taking a minute to soak in the gravity of your wedding day with your newly minted spouse. Your wedding day is the culmination of months of planning, but it’s just the beginning of a lifelong marriage. It is SO important to internalize that together at some point on your big day.

Team first look or not, there are so many ways to enjoy a special moment with your partner on your wedding day. First looks can be amazing (the photos alone, can you imagine!) but so is honoring whatever your dream is for your wedding day! It is YOUR day, after all! 

If you’re a busy bride and want to hear a little more about why I love first looks – then take a listen to my podcast episode all about first looks, here!

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- Melissa & Johnnie

“Gabriella was absolutely amazing!!! Words cannot even describe how perfect she was, but I’ll try my best. Right from the beginning, I knew she was the one. She was so caring, calming, organized, and just a genuinely happy person. She made me feel even more excited for my wedding. She was so helpful throughout the entire process right down to the big day. AND THE PICTURES - OH MY GOD. They are absolutely breathtaking and she definitely tells the story of your day in the most perfect way. She captures every precious moment while having a smile on her face the whole time she’s with you. I can’t say enough amazing things about her. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to have the BEST photographer for any occasion. We had such an amazing experience with Gabriella and we can’t thank her enough!”


- Aaron & lydia

Gabriella is the BEST photographer and we could not have asked for anyone better to capture our proposal! I had intentions of interviewing multiple photographers, but after seeing her work and talking to her over the phone, I immediately booked with her. Her passion for photography is so evident. She goes above and beyond to make your shoot about YOU. She does a great job of taking control and guiding you with poses that you will love, and her candid shots are unbelievable. She had a smile on her face the entire time and we felt like a close friend was there doing this for us. Would recommend her 100 times out of 100!

Gabriella was absolutely amazing. She made the photography session so easy and effortless. Her personality is so warm and inviting, she made us feel so so comfortable during these pictures. Gabriella went above and beyond for us and I’m so grateful my significant other found her as a photographer. I would highly recommend!


- Alex & mike

Gabriella is not only an amazing photographer, but she is an amazing person! She was incredible to work with and made everything from our engagement photos to our wedding day extremely easy. She really understands your vibe and does everything she can to help make that come true! My husband is extremely camera shy, but he was so comfortable with her and the photos were amazing!


- kevin & riya

Gabriella is the BEST photographer and needless to say she went above and beyond our expectations! She was hired by my fiancé for our surprise proposal and she did a phenomenal job at capturing every single detail of it. She made our lives easy by understanding us, our personality, the way we wanted to be captured and she did just that! From showing us every beautiful inch of Longwood gardens to telling us about different poses to capturing the beauty and essence of nature! She made my dream come true with these beautiful pictures. We spent 2 hrs with her and there was sign of rush of ending the session and it was more like whatever we felt in the moment which is what I truly enjoyed. She sent us our sneak peak pictures the day off just several hours later and needless to say not only did our jaws dropped but every single person who viewed those pics while asking who the photographer was! We proudly share her information with every member of our family and friends because she truly deserves the best❤️ Thank you Gabriella for capturing the most beautiful and intimate moments of ours and We can’t wait to work with you again!


- brandon & nasia

Gabriella captured our special moments perfectly! She photographed our proposal, Holud night before the wedding, and wedding day. She was very easy to work with and always communicative and responsive. She was able to handle a 300 person wedding with ease and always got the shot. I've only seen the sneak peek from our wedding weekend but I am already in love with the pictures. She truly captured the joy and happiness of the weekend through her photos, which I will treasure forever. She is also just a genuinely kind person, which makes working with her even better :) Highly recommend.