Traditions: The Dress Before The Aisle
As we’ve established, I’ve always been one of those girls who thought fondly of her future wedding. In those fantasies, the groom’s jaw would drop as he saw me come down the aisle – face covered with a veil, dress as white as the freshly-driven snow. The tradition is there for a reason, no?
However, as this dream becomes a reality, the idea of a First Look becomes more and more enticing.
What is a First Look? It’s photography-speak for taking pictures of the bride and groom prior to the ceremony.
Why would I do this? Taking pictures ahead of time allows you to flow from ceremony to reception more seamlessly (and even participate in your own Cocktail Hour – a time at which the bride, groom, and related attendants are usually off taking pictures elsewhere). Plus, it gives you a special time – just the two of you – before the day gets going.
I’ve discussed this with Will, of course, as I don’t want to go with this idea if he’s always dreamed of doing it differently. He’s in as well. Anything to help the general flow (and reduce that awkward pause between events) is A-OK with him – especially since we are having the ceremony and reception in the same location.
I also just love the romance of being alone when we see each other for the first time. I’m pretty sure I’ll cry.
And then I’m pretty sure I’ll cry again as I walk down the aisle for the “Second Look”.
Did you do a First Look? Would you?