• Kate Cataldo

First Looks : Are They Worth It?

Nate and Hailey's Elegant Bohemian Inspired Wedding at North Park Lodge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We all know the tradition of a couple not seeing each other on their wedding day until they are walking down the aisle.

But, the growing popularity of the first look is making way for new traditions.

The First Look.

What's a first look you ask?

A First Look is a private and intimate moment set aside before the ceremony for just the couple to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

A lot of couples opt for the First Look simply to get portraits done before the ceremony to allow for more party time. Others because they want to be able to actually spend the day together as they spent so many days planning for it.

The best thing about it is that portraits aren't rushed and I get time to take all the photographs I would typically like to. Sometimes with limited portrait time, creativity takes a backseat just so that I know I have time to capture the must-haves.

First Looks give me time to take a variety of portraits, and explore different poses and cues that I don't already have in my back pocket - making your photos unique and personal just to you and your big day!

I mean, who doesn't want that?

There are also a few different "first looks" you can do on your wedding day to create some amazing moments for your photographer to capture. And, I always find that couples like to look back at these moments that they share with their loved ones.

There's a first look with a bride and their parents, a first look with a bride and their bridesmaids, and then of course a first look with the guests when they come walking down that aisle.

So, if you are asking me if they are worth it?

Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

There are ways that I set my couples up to mimic the "aisle effect" as we call it.

Instead of doing the "tap on the shoulder," I give my bride the option of walking up about halfway and setting them up there. Once I am in place and the bride is ready, they tell the groom to turn around and the groom sees all of the bride and their beauty, and are able to soak it all in as they join each other in the middle.

That's what we did with Hailey and Nate last Saturday and Nate's reaction is probably the best first look reaction I have had in a longgggg timeeee.

First of all, he was already excited about finally seeing his bride. I had to constantly tell him to stay turned around until he was told he could look. They were both so happy the entire day!

Keep scrolling for more and all the details that made this day so special.