The first look is probably one of the biggest wedding fads around today. (Second to maybe the photo booth or candy buffet?) I am not having a photo booth OR a candy buffet… despite my love of photos of
myself family and friends and my love of sugar, but we ARE doing a first look. And it’s gonna be AMAZING. Well, at least I hope so.
Currently, I’m low on inspiration and ideas for Mr. Sword’s and my first look. But that’s not because there is a shortage of cool ways to do it!
My goal is to do something completely different and random. For our first look we plan on going off-site from the hotel (the only time all day) with our bridal party to take both the couple and bridal party shots. But most of the crazy ideas I have just don’t seem plausible…
Maybe we should walk through a maze, both of us starting at different points and with photographers in tow, and just wait until we run into each other? Can’t get more of a genuine surprise than that, but then again, a corn maze in March… in Minnesota?
Or maybe we could use our fake Claymores (yes I went back and bought another one), but how do you hide behind a sword? And why are we battling each other on our wedding day?
What if we go to the Mall of America and I ride down an escalator into his arms? It sounds dramatic but also like an accident waiting to happen with my dress getting caught in the stairs, and then’s there the problem of all the random shoppers and no privacy!
Needless to say, I’m stuck. I’m sure one day it will just hit me, and in the meantime I’ve chosen to focus on a different photography-related dilemma.
The back story is, I’ve known forever that I was NOT going to wait until the end of the day to see Mr. Sword while walking down the aisle. I was perfectly OK with having him see me before the ceremony and setting aside a special time to make that happen. But then I started thinking about all the family portraits we want to take, and how we’d rather not squeeze them in post-ceremony since we want our family to enjoy the cocktail hour which starts immediately following the ceremony. Plus, we had also decided to do the very traditional receiving line with our parents post-ceremony so that we can make some introductions and guide folks to the ballroom. Because of all this, it was imperative we do all of our formal shots BEFORE the wedding.
But then I started thinking that because of all the pre-wedding photo-taking, Dad Sword might see me reapplying my makeup instead of looking teary eyed, and Grandma Sword might watch me posing doing my ugly laugh (it’s bad) when I’d rather be available to hug her when I see her! My aunt’s first glimpse of me might be plopped in a chair resting in between shots, and Mr. Sword’s parents might get the pleasure of seeing me trip, cry, or whine the first time they see me as a bride instead of glowing down the aisle! Although let’s be honest, tripping and crying down the aisle seems a lot more realistic, but I’m gonna do my damnedest to keep the whining at bay. 😉
In my mind, none of this seemed right and I wasn’t sure how to fix it. I was explaining my concerns during a pre-martial session with Pastor P when Mr. Sword came to the rescue with a solution! As he often does. 🙂 Mr. Sword suggested that I do a first look for the families so they can get a special reveal before the photo taking shuffle commences. BRILLIANT. I was in love with the idea, our family first look.
We decided that both Mr. Sword and I should be revealed together because this first look is for both of our families, and this will be the first time most people will see Mr. Sword in his kilt!
Unlike our couple first look, I know exactly how to do this one. There is this clear elevator in the atrium near where our ceremony will be taking place. My idea is to start from the top of the hotel and take the elevator down to the ground floor, exit, and walk down the staircase to meet our lovely families. After some hugs and tears the family portraits can start immediately, making use of the beautiful atrium space. Imagining this moment gives me goosebumps, and I’m so excited for both of our first looks!
What did you do for your first look? Did anyone else take family photos before the wedding? How did you make it work?