First Look Wedding Alternatives

The first moments you have together on your wedding day are invaluable and deserve to be documented for generations to come. However, traditional wedding day first looks are not for everyone. As a Bay Area wedding photographer these are the best first look wedding alternatives that I have seen over the years. Which one will you use?

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Private Wedding Day First Looks

The thought of walking down the aisle to see fiance for the first time on your wedding day may be a little nerve wracking. Settle those nerves with private wedding day first looks. With just the two of you, before you embark down the aisle. Meet together in a quiet room, secret garden or any other intimate space. Not only will this be a tender and comforting moment, but you will also get amazing photos.

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First Touch

Keep the anticipation of the first look in the wedding ceremony, but still have some time together. A first touch is when you can’t see your significant other, but you still get to connect with a touch of the hand. This is often done with each individual standing on one side of a wall or curtain, and makes for intimate wedding photos.

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First Read

Connect on an intellectual and emotional level with a first read. This is an alternative for wedding day first looks that can be done in so many ways! You can read private vows to each other, letters from each other or any other sentimental item. You can also have this as a moment alone or together.

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First Prayer

Creating sacred moments throughout your wedding day is something I love to see as a Bay Area wedding photographer. For every couple this looks different, but for many this comes through prayer. Having a first prayer together before your wedding ceremony can be a powerful and beautiful moment. Whether you choose to pair this with a first look or not, it is sure to be a wonderful moment!

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First Gifts

If gift giving in your love language, then this is one of the wedding day first looks you should consider! Again, you have the option to pair this with an actual first look, or keep it private. Gift each other something sentimental that will remind you of your wedding day for years to come. You can even add a letter for a first read as well!

The first moments of your wedding day with each other will set the atmosphere for the rest of the day. So make sure you choose wedding day first looks that fit your relationship and style!

Ready to book your wedding day? Reach out and let’s talk about your wedding vision.

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