The first time a groom sees his future wife in her wedding dress is a beautiful moment full of love and emotion, whether it's seeing her turn and start walking down the aisle, or sharing a private moment together for a first look before their ceremony.
For the bride and groom who opt to forego tradition, a first look allows couples to share a quiet, intimate moment with each other to talk, embrace, and take a few moments for themselves before all eyes are on them as they say "I do." From a photography standpoint, we are then able to do formal couples photos as well as bridal party photos prior to the ceremony so then the new Mr. and Mrs. are free to enjoy their reception and party with their guests!
Ultimately, the choice to do a first look or not is up to the bride and groom- whatever will bring them the most happiness on their day is the best decision! For Lauren and Thomas, they knew they wanted to take their bridal photos before their wedding, so it made sense to do a first look before the start of their session. I loved witnessing that look of pure love on Thomas' face as he turned around and saw his sweet Lauren!
Lauren and Thomas met in middle school, and each had a big crush on the other. When Thomas was 16, his family moved out of state, so the two went their separate ways and never expected to see each other again.
High school graduation came and went, as did two years in Africa for Thomas and a college degree for Lauren. One (fateful?) day, a Facebook notification popped up, letting Lauren know that it was Thomas' birthday. On a whim, she wrote him a message on his wall, wishing him a happy birthday. He happened to respond, and the rest is history! The timing was perfect- she had accepted an internship in Utah, where he was living at the time. The power of social media to reconnect old friends and help them find their happily ever after!
See that little white beaded heart on the back of Lauren's wedding dress? Her mom took beads from her own wedding dress and sewed this tiny heart onto the back of her daughter's dress. Such a beautiful interpretation of a bride's "something old!"