Have you heard of first looks on wedding days? It’s a private moment that the wedding couple shares before their ceremony. They get to see each other for the first time in all of their wedding attire. But what if you want to save that “first looks” moment for when you walk down the aisle? But you’d still like to have a private moment together? Some couples choose to do a “First Touch”, or “First Prayer” together instead! Let’s dive in on each of these moments and you can decide for yourself what might be the best fit for you!
I’m a fan of first looks if your wedding timeline looks a little different. Some couples getting married in Jackson Hole like to do photos before their wedding ceremony. It just works better when they have a ceremony at a wedding venue, but want photos in Grand Teton National Park or somewhere else in nature. For these couples, I adore a first look! They still get the surprise and don’t “miss out” on anything. First looks are very popular with my couples, and I’m here for it all! How precious are these reactions?
Still on the fence about doing a first look with your future spouse? Consider a first look with your parents. These are always really special moments to capture and some of my favorites. I can’t wait to do a first look with my son on his wedding day (and yeah, I’m already claiming that privilege!).
Some couples really want to save the first look for the wedding ceremony. I totally understand that you may want to share that moment with everyone and I love that. If you think you’d still like a private moment together, but don’t want to worry any of the surprises, a first touch can be a unique way to make that happen. It allows you a chance to physically connect before the ceremony happens. You still keep your wedding attire a secret from each other. Sometimes this is achieved by a couple standing back to back with their eyes closed, or on a cornered wall and holding hands. However you want to make it happen, it can be unique and special.
This isn’t ideal for every couple, and certainly depends on your religious preferences. But for our religious couples, doing a first prayer together in private can be really meaningful. It’s an opportunity to calm the nerves, and ask for blessings over their marriage.
After first looks, it’s a popular choice to privately share their wedding vows or notes they’ve written to each other. This, like everything else above is totally personal preference. But for those that don’t love the limelight, or would prefer to keep these moments more intimate, a private vow reading is an ideal solution.
Choosing whether to do first looks, a first touch, or first prayer is a totally personal decision! No matter what you choose to do, I want to be the one documenting it for you! Send us a message to see if we’re a good fit for your wedding photography!