While the growing trend of a Bride and Groom sharing a First Look before their ceremony continues to grow, it seems First Looks aren’t just reserved for the couple anymore. These days, the Bride sharing a special reveal moment with her parents is becoming just as popular. And frankly, it creates some of the most touching and heartfelt moments and as a wedding photographer, I love it!
Once the bride has completed her finishing touches — dress, shoes, jewelry and one final sweep of the hair and makeup, she then takes a special moment to meet her parents for the first time dressed as a bride — this is the Parents’ First Look.
These photos are often filled with tons of emotion from the parents, after all, it signifies the starting point of giving their baby girl away.
So if you plan to do a Parents’ First Look, here are a few important things to keep in mind to make sure things go off without a hitch:
- Make sure you leave enough time in your Wedding Day preparations to do a First Look with your parents. Give yourself at least 15 minutes, because if tears are shed, you’ll want time to do touch-ups.
- Pick a location that will give you privacy for this special moment. To save time, consider the room where you are getting ready for the day so you don’t have to worry about traveling anywhere.
- Make sure you give your photographer a head’s up that you’d like to do a Parents’ First Look. Your photographer will appreciate being able to plan for this moment ahead of time to ensure he/she is standing in the best location with the best light for the big reveal.
- Parents’ First Looks don’t have to be limited to just the Bride. They can be done with the Groom and his parents as well. I’m sure Mom and Dad would love to see their son before he walks down the aisle, it may also be a good time for Mom to pin the boutonnière on her son as well.