3 Pros to a First Look

There are so many decisions to make when you are planning your wedding.

Who will be in your wedding, when will you have your wedding, where will it be, what you’re going to wear, and whether you want to have a first look or not.

We know that it may feel wrong to go against the grain. It has been a long-standing tradition for the couple to not see each other until they are at the ceremony. 

But there are some pretty awesome reasons to break the norm. At Tom Russo Photography we’ve seen plenty of dreamy first looks, so below we’re going to share 3 pros to a first look so you can decide if it’s for you.


First Look

It can be a little nerve wracking not seeing your partner since the night before your wedding. 

As the morning goes on, your nerves are only getting worse and all you want is to see your person.

Imagining the first time you see your person is when everyone’s eyes are on you. It can feel extremely overwhelming.

That’s why one of the pros to a first look is that it calms your nerves. 

You don’t need to feel anxious because you’ll already have had intimate time with your wedding date for life. 


There’s not a lot of time where you and your partner get to be alone on your wedding day. 

With so many people buzzing around, stealing away a few private moments can feel like an impossible feat. 

Having a first look builds in extra quality time, but it also creates some breathtaking wedding photos.

According to brides.com, “A wedding is an intimate, emotional experience, and a first look means I can capture a couple together in that moment,” says Cat Mayer. “Yes, walking down the aisle is emotional, too, but you’re not together in those photographs.” 

We agree! Sharing these intimate moments together really can make for pictures that you may not get the rest of the day. 


We know how it goes on the day of your wedding… Your planner has you booked back to back-to-back with details.

Everything is on a timeline, and if you are not a Type A personality, it can feel really rigid. 

By scheduling a first look ahead of the ceremony, you are buying yourself time later in the day to be more flexible.

Spend time at your cocktail hour? Yes, please!

Greet guests earlier so you can actually eat during the reception? Great idea!

Or maybe it’s just to know that all that’s left to do is get your family and wedding party photos and you’ll be ready to relax after that. 

Whatever it may be, getting some extra pictures in ahead of time is definitely one of the pros to a first look.


This is a bonus tip.

Whatever reason you have for wanting to have a first look, is all the reason you need.

You don’t really need us to tell you why you should do it. 

So if this is something your heart is telling you to do, then we think it’s a great idea! 

At the end of the day, it’s important to make decisions that feel good to you. 

And no matter what you decide, you are going to have the best wedding ever! 


Tom Russo Photography is a full-service wedding photography business serving NJ, PA, NY, DE & beyond. We specialize in capturing all the exciting moments of your day with our unique style that you’ll never forget! Go on an adventure through time as we capture beautiful memories for every season, no matter what it’s about. Call us today, so together, let’s make something special happen right away!