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Reasons to do a “reveal” before the ceremony
I have written in the past about couples doing a “first look” or a “reveal” before their ceremony, and I still see this done a lot. However, I am increasingly seeing couples choose not to do a reveal and instead see each other the traditional way – at the alter.
The purpose of this writing is some thoughts on why I think a reveal is a good idea. Despite saying that – I’m totally fine with couples who don’t want to a first look. I think, though, that it is important for them to know that their formal portraits may be more rushed if they don’t.
A reveal when the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day prior to the ceremony. Generally there is no one watching them except for a photographer and videographer. It’s a very special moment, and in my mind is more of a moment than seeing each other at the alter for the first time that day. Couples have time to embrace, kiss, share their thoughts. At the alter, they look at each other then look to the officiant.
I believe that while it’s traditional that the couple first sees each other the moment the bride walks down the aisle, the first look is much more intimate. The bride isn’t thinking about everyone looking at her walking down the aisle. The groom will feel freer to express his emotions. It is a moment when the couple can slow down and enjoy the moment of seeing each other just before saying “I do.”
The first look captures the initial reaction of the bride and groom and allows the two to act naturally when seeing each other for the first time. This actually will result in more intimate photos, as taking the photo of the first look at the alter is much more limiting for the photographer who is unable to move around freely.
Another reason for a first look is that this is earlier in the day when hair and makeup is still perfectly in place. It’s also a great way to reduce the jitters of the wedding day, as some of the pressure they might feel is taken off the couple when they see each other before the ceremony. Since you already have the emotional part of seeing each other for the first time done, couples should more relaxed and calm walking down the aisle and saying their vows.