"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away." Anonymous

You only get one chance at the first look, it's as good as the first kiss

A ‘first look’ is when the groom sees his bride on their wedding day for the first time. Whilst this would usually occur at the wedding ceremony, more and more couples are choosing this to occur in a private location just prior to the ceremony. The ‘first look’ is very common in the USA and Canada but up until a few years ago unheard of in Australia. The ‘first look’ is usually organised by the wedding photographer to document this special moment. It often results in a very emotional response and allows the couple time to reconnect prior to the wedding ceremony.

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Words From Happy Couples

I think The First Look was a key element of our day and I am very grateful that Samantha recommended this to us as I had never heard of it before. It is a moment I will treasure as I got time, with Damien, alone, before the ceremony and reception, which I would not have had otherwise. It really is such a fantastic idea and I love the photos from that section of the day. Some of my favourite photos that you took, are from those moments.

First Look – Kristen Maurice

Doing a "First Look" was one of the best things Samantha suggested to us. I am so glad we did it, because it allowed us to enjoy some private time together in the middle of our big day before the whirlwind of the ceremony and reception. It was a very calming, intimate moment and it gave us great photos too!

First Look – Damian Maurice

The First Look with Dad was so emotional too, seeing him tear up as he saw me for the first time, looking so proud and it was a really special moment that is captured in some fabulous shots.

First Look – Nicole Eyles


Having so many close family members who have passed away I was worried about how emotional the day would be. I thought it would be good to get some of that emotion out of the way in the First Look with just Bill and me there. We chose the cemetery because I really wanted to visit my family graves the day of the wedding. It turned out to be a perfect location – private, secluded and quiet.

First Look – Joanne


It was nice to have the time by ourselves in The First Look and be able to take time out with each other and relax. The rest of the day you are worrying about everyone else, this was just for us.

The First Look – Bill Naulu


I’m really happy we did a First Look. It was such a beautiful moment and gave us some time out to just enjoy each other in what was otherwise a whirlwind day. I can’t imagine anyone would regret doing a First Look, I can imagine people regretting not doing one though so to anyone considering this, I’d say go for it!

The First Look – Joanne Mosman


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