Your wedding day is full of all things magical, but one of the most romantic moments is seeing your true love for the first time amidst all the chaos! The "first look" gives a bride and groom the chance to share some intimate moments before the ceremony where they can really cherish their unbreakable bond. All the stress of wedding planning fades away, and it's just you and your sweetheart as you begin your "happily ever after!" KSD Weddings gives us all the tricks of the trade to make these memories last a lifetime! Check out the gallery and then get the scoop below!

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With so many brides saying they want to try something other than the traditional tap on the shoulder approach, it got me thinking…

When we first speak to our couples, we’ll typically go through a run down of their timeline. We’ll review things like start times of their ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. We’ll find out when and where they are getting ready. And, of course, we’ll talk about photo shoots – including if there will be a First Look.

The benefits of a First Look include:

  • It’s intimate. It’s a special time just for the both of you.
  • You’ve just gotten ready. Hair and makeup are fresh and you look amazing.
  • Doing your couple photo shoot in the morning allows for more time with guests during the day.

The catch…  you’ve got to plan for it…

You’re going to want to think about how you and your fiancé want to first see each other.  Here are a few tips to help you plan your own unique approach to the first look.

Here are 5 ways to approach the First Look…

The Classic First Look – Tap on the Shoulder or Turned Backs

  • Try approaching your fiancé while he has his back turned to you, then tapping him on the shoulder so that he turns around. This creates a layer of suspense that will look great in photos, and gives you a few seconds before your fiancé sees you for the first time. Alternatively, try turning your backs to each other and then turning around at the same time. You can count down to the moment!

The Glamorous First Look – Behind a Door

  • If you have access to a beautiful bridal suite or a pretty door, standing behind a door as you await your first look can create a romantic, mysterious feel. When you’re ready to see your fiancé, either walk out of the door or have him knock to open the door.

The Romeo and Juliet First Look – Standing on a Balcony

  • If your venue has a beautiful staircase or balcony, try approaching your fiancé from above. Stand on a balcony and look down at him, or walk down a flight of stairs. This gives your fiancé a few moments to get more excited as he sees you get closer and closer. (It also will help you create beautiful panorama shots.)

The Surprise First Look – The Unplanned Planned Moment

  • If you want first-look photos that are totally candid, why not plan a surprise first look?  Of course, your fiancé needs to approve of the first look in advance, otherwise he might feel like you’re breaking tradition. If he’s up for it, you can surprise him at any moment in the morning. One idea would be to surprise him as he is getting ready (just make sure the groomsmen have cleared out)!  He’ll be so surprised when he sees you walk through the door!

Approaching One Another

  • Your fiancé doesn’t have to stand still and wait for you. Why not walk toward each other at the same time? This option works well if you have access to a field or large courtyard. The images of you and your fiance moving toward one another will capture such a romantic moment!

No matter which option you choose, remember to think about your fiancé as you approach him. A first-look photo is designed to capture emotion. This is a magic moment and one you will never forget. So ignore the photographers and the videographers and focus on the fact that today is the day you marry the love of your life.

If you have any ideas on what you would want your first look to be like, or if you have any other unique ideas for how to make a first look different, please share your thoughts with us in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!

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