September 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Thoughts on a “First Look”

"...the 'first look' is romantic, helps with any jitters and even makes the ceremony that much more special"

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What is a "first look"? you may ask. Well, it is becoming an increasingly popular way to do portraits of the bride and groom. Though, instead of the photographer whisking the newly wed couple from the party right after the ceremony, the couple meets before the nuptials, for an intimate and sweet photo sesh of their "first look" at one another.

Now, this is not the best idea for the superstitious, but for the bride and groom that don't want to miss out on the cocktail reception or the wonderful appetizers they hand picked for their guests, this is the way to go!

Some may worry that this will take away from the first time the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle, but I have heard from my couples that have opted to go for this, that the "first look" is romantic, helps with any jitters and even makes the ceremony that much more special!

The couple pictured above were married at the Gerald Peters Gallery and we planned to have their "First Look" portraits down the street at the Nedra Matteucci Gallery. They have a lovely garden and if you call ahead of time, you're welcome to schedule a portrait session there. We were in luck because the Water Iris were in bloom, along with the Oriental Poppies and Garden Roses!

The couple also opted to do all family portraits prior to the ceremony as well! This way, everyone was present for the party following the beautiful ceremony.

On a different note, one of my favorite things about this wedding was the color palette! Punchy corals, peaches, oranges and golds were a great choice for this early summer wedding. I also loved that each of the bridesmaids picked their own dress that suited their individual personalities, but they were all in the same color family; it really looked beautiful!

First Look Venue: Nedra Matteucci Gallery, Ceremony and Reception Venue:Gerald Peters Gallery, Florist: Artichokes and Pomegranates, Photos: Stacey AdamsPhotography, Coordination: MARRIED by Jessie Abrams Baca

Read more of Jessie's wedding writing on The Hitching Post.

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