Kent Island Elopement First Look

Wedding Day First Look: A must for any Wedding.

March 4, 2021
Debbie Elisa Photography, featured

 Now you’ve heard of it: the coveted first look. Everyone is doing it, but you aren’t sold. I get it. When I first heard of it I was like, “No Way! That’s against tradition”. And, that is true. It breaks the mold on everything we know of weddings, goodbye to the days of waiting until the doors fling open to see what the bride went with for her wedding dress.

If you would have asked me a while back, I would have told you, don’t do it. But today, I say let’s roll with it. Highly recommend would be an understatement. Here are a few reasons why:


You probably feel like I’m joking here, but I’m not. This is actually a highlight. You don’t have to run around, duck and dodge from your significant other because, well, they have already seen you. 


No need to lock your better half up in a dungeon until it’s show time. You get the chance to be taken to a private location, with absolutely no distractions. So you get to have all of their attention. 


You get to take alot of your photos prior to the wedding because your significant other has already seen you in the dress. which means you are that much closer to the dance floor and enjoying your day. Say bye to the thought of missing all of cocktail hour. 


Ok tradition aside, you’re going to get more photos. and, technically that’s like maximizing your dollars. I don’t think anyone would be against that.  


 I know it is all about those real, raw emotions and this point is reason enough to consider it. Your spouse sees you and they totally break down and bawls their eyes out. Well, guess what, no one is rushing you to get on with the show. You have time to take this precious moment in. 


The day is already stressful. I totally get it! The first look allows you to have a fun moment and get some alone time prior to having all eyes on you. 

**If you and your partner can’t agree on a first look, here are a few other options:
– first touch
– first hug
– first read
– first gifts
– first song
– first poem
– first prayer
– first call

– Partial first look | this could be that your hair, makeup and nails are done and you show up wearing sweats. So they still don’t get to see you in the dress just yet. 

Without a first look, you are looking at a rush of pictures after the ceremony that leaves you no real time to be alone and have time to just be together. And for me, I love the first look because I don’t have to rush everyone in and out for pictures, and try to beat the clock in terms of “where is the light going”. I don’t want you couples sessions of the day to be minimal! A first look gives you twice as many images!!!!

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If you love taking the road less traveled. A trailblazer of sorts. I am a free spirit and don't like conforming to rules particularly. But, i do love when others find their own voice and way on being their own person. So, if that means that you have to burn a few bridges along the way then I guess that's something that has to be done. 

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I may be biased, but I absolutely love Debbie. I have been a part of her photography journey from the start. And I have to say that her evolution for her understanding of photography is amazing. My boyfriend and I wanted a nice beach, golden hour couples' session and of course I snagged Debbie on a weekday. We went to a state park beach and just had a lot of fun. She is so down to earth, so calming but funny, and very easy to talk with. She made my boyfriend feel so relaxed during the entire time. 100% recommend.

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I cannot believe that we took these pictures. I mean, I have never seen myself as photogenic at all. And when Debbie asked about any concerns, I laid it all out of everything I didn't like about myself. Her way of talking to me about self-love really stuck with me. The white dress I chose showed all of my goodness and you know what, she made me feel so good, and free that I did not even once worry about anything. She is truly amazing, in all aspects. 

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I think Debbie was the perfect hype woman for our elopement. She was there with the smiles, sweet tears, hugs, guidance, and calmness that we needed for the day. Debbie made our elopement so special. Out of all the photographers we spoke with, she just had a realness about her that made me choose her. No sweet talk, pure facts and I loved that she took the time out of her day to text with me for any questions that came up. A true sweetheart!

Alejandra & Jose

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Nothing like having a wedding with close friends and family to celebrate such a special moment. For us, we looked high and low and found Debbie through a referral from another photographer. I am so glad she was available. She was so sweet and funny on our call. Really made us feel so special and had many great suggestions and ideas that we didn't think about. What we got back was nothing short of perfectly captured memories. 

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