15 First Looks You Don’t Want to Miss

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Photo by ASHLEY LESLIE PHOTOGRAPHY

First look photos memorialize the excitement, awe and love between a couple just before the ceremony starts. They also give couples a private moment to work through their happy tears before standing at the altar. Make sure you tell your photographer you want to do a first look so they can set up a moment that'll best capture those amazing looks of anticipation and surprise—and who says your first look has to be with only your partner? Ask your photographer if they'll capture the sweet reaction from your bridesmaids when you step out in your full attire, or your parents when they see you for the first time. Grab a tissue and check out some of our favorite first first looks from 15 real couples.

1. Romantic First Look With Natural Light

Unique outdoor first look idea

From: An Elegant Outdoor Wedding at Olowalu Plantation House in Maui, Hawaii

2. Vintage-Inspired First Look

Unique first look with sweet reaction

From: A Green Wedding at 514 Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota

3. Golden Hour First Look 

Outdoor first look at traditional ceremony idea

From: A Vibrant, Traditional Wedding at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey

4. Quiet Moment First Look

Sweet first look photo idea

From: A Romantic, Glam Wedding at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia

5. Blindfolded First Look

Blindfold first look idea

From: A Romantic Brunch Wedding at Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, Alabama

6. Emotional First Look Through a Window

Rustic mirror first look photo idea

From: An African-Inspired Wedding at Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Georgia

7. Happy Tears First Look

Groom reaction first look idea

From: A Rustic Black-Tie Wedding at Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro, North Carolina

8. Floral Backdrop First Look

Unique first look idea with outdoor florals

From: A Romantic, Casual Beach Wedding at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California

9. Excited Groom First Look

Groom reaction first look photo idea

From: A Classic Pink Wedding at Beaver Creek Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado

10. Rustic Backdrop First Look

Outdoor groom reaction first look photo idea

From: An Elegant Barn Wedding at IronGate Equestrian Center in Hartford, Ohio

11. Sweet Surprise First Look

Unique first look photo with sweet reactions

From: A Rustic, Country Wedding at Haue Valley in Pacific, Missouri

12. Candid Smile First Look

Smiling first look photo idea

13. Bridesmaids First Look

Unique bridesmaids first look idea

From: A Rustic, Elegant Wedding at Walters Farms in Ragland, Alabama

14. Playful and Romantic First Look


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15. Sweet Pose First Look


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