Story & Rhythm

 We're a wedding photographer and DJ team! We're all about fun and timeless photographs and epic wedding receptions for the modern bride.
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3 Reasons to Do a First Look

October 13, 2022

I am a huge fan of first looks with our couples! Brian and I did a first look on our wedding day and it was one of the best decisions for us! Today we’re sharing 3 reasons to do a first look with your other half!

Just the two of you

Even though the wedding party was there to make sure that we made it to the exact spot, they all left us alone for a few minutes during our actual first look. Even though the photographers were there, it felt like it was just the two of us! It’s important that you have a moment with the just two of you on your wedding day. Once you reach the ceremony, there will be a lot of people around for the rest of the day.


Depending on the time of day that you choose for your wedding ceremony, you may run out of daylight. Being that we’re primarily natural light photographers, we make it our goal to use natural light for most of the portraits. Especially the bride and groom, wedding party and sometimes the family portraits too! Our ceremony was set for 4 p.m., so we were fine on both sides for lighting. But if you’re planning a late ceremony, especially during the winter, you might want to consider a first look. We can always set up flash and other lights, but nothing replaces the look of outdoor photos during sunset.


I’ve never had a couple say that the first look made them more nervous! Typically, the first look relieves a lot of those wedding day nerves! Seeing each other for the first time is a really big deal! Seeing each other in a private setting can be a lot more relaxing and calming than seeing each for the first time down the aisle when all of your guest are looking to see your reaction! I love that I got to see Brian for the first time before our ceremony! And funny enough, he cried during the first look and when I walked down the aisle!

We absolutely love first looks, but we also understand that it’s not for everyone! No matter if you choose to do a first look or don’t, your wedding day will be amazing!

3 Reasons to do a First Look on your wedding day



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