Amber and Matt met in Destin, Florida at the Boathouse Oyster Bar. Matt’s brother Jason is a talented musician who is a regular entertainer at the bar. The couple chose to get married on the beach. The Emerald Coast beaches are great for weddings from Navarre to Santa Rosa Beach.
Amber and Matt enjoyed a first look before the wedding. We used a spiral staircase to give a nice aesthetic on the moment. It worked out great! The look of love on Matt’s face was priceless! The decision whether or not to do a first look is deeply personal for our couples. Many couples believe the superstition that it is bad luck to see the bride before she walks down the aisle. Some others want some private time to share with one another and release the pre-wedding jitters. When Amber and Matt did their first look, their flower girls handed them their wedding gifts to each other and they sat down enjoying each other before the wedding ceremony after seeing each other for the first time.
Here are four reasons we think couples should have a first look:
- Your Images are Done Early: You have made the extra time before the wedding to do your images. Now you can get done with family pictures early and enjoy your reception!
- It Relaxes You: You don’t have to worry about getting to the altar and not being able to tell your soulmate how wonderful they look or how happy you are to become their spouse. You can take the time and relax with your best friend and share a stolen moment together.
- Emotions Will Still Show: Many brides fear he’ll lose “THAT” look as you walk down the aisle if he has already seen you in your dress. We can assure you that in the dozens and dozens of weddings we have photographed with first looks, there has never been a groom not show emotion as he sees the woman he loves walking towards the altar.
- It Offers More Opportunities for Photographs: In doing a first look, you are also getting a larger variety of images from your wedding. In most cases, the first look is done at a different location than the formal images after the wedding. What a great way to get some variety!
Here’s hoping this will give you some food for thought when it’s time for you to decide on whether or not to do a first look.
The ceremony itself was on our beautiful white sand beaches with the glistening emerald green water as a backdrop. We hate to brag, but our beaches lend themselves as the perfect backdrop to any wedding and creates iconic destination wedding photography. Nothing says love like a warm soft breeze with the smell of sea salt and the sound of waves and ocean birds. The Emerald Coast is a true slice of paradise.
The Big Red Truck, a fun food truck fed guests while Jason Clark sang and everyone danced (including an impromptu choreographed YMCA by Matt and the bride’s male family members). Everyone had a wonderful time! Congratulations Amber and Matt!