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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.
I will be getting married at 5:30 p.m. How do I word the time on the invitations? I've heard "half after five" is appropriate, but I think it sounds stuffy. If "five thirty" is okay, should I hyphenate or not? Also, should I say "in the afternoon" or "in the evening?" I don't want my guests to think I'm having a formal, black-tie wedding -- plus it's summer and the sun will still be up, so I'm leaning toward "afternoon."