Debbie Elisa Photography

Wedding Day First Look: A must for any Wedding.

December 4, 2022

Kent Island Elopement First Look

 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:

NO MORE HIDING

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. 

YOU GET TO SPEND MORE TIME TOGETHER

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. 

IT’S A SMART DECISION FOR THE SAKE OF TIME

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. 

YOU GET MORE PHOTOGRAPHS

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.  

SO MUCH MORE TIME FOR EMOTIONS

 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. 

SAY “SEE YA” TO A LARGE CHUNK OF STRESS

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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Virginia Elopement & Wedding Photographer

Every soul is beautiful, every moment is timeless

Hey there, it's Debbie! As your Virginia Wedding & Elopement Photographer, I'm here to capture the most raw and authentic moments for couples in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. through documentary-style images. If you're looking for a special, one-of-a-kind way to remember your wedding day, then my photojournalistic approach is the perfect way to immortalize your precious memories! With my eye for beautiful moments, I'm sure to turn your treasured day into timeless frames that will be enjoyed for years to come. 

“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” – Annie Leibovitz