What is a first look and should you

do it on your wedding day?




What is a first reveal? A first reveal is when see your husband or wife prior to your ceremony.


If you are hosting your wedding reception and ceremony at the same location you have a choice to do a first reveal.


If you do not do a first reveal, you end up using your cocktail hour to take all of your formal posed photos.


Some of these photos include:

  • Traditional family photos of the bride and her family
  • Traditional family portraits of the groom and his family
  • Individual photos of the bride and each one of her bridesmaids
  • Group images of the bride and all of her bridesmaids together
  • Individual images of the groom and each one of his groomsmen
  • Group pictures of the groom and all of his groomsmen together
  • Photos of the bride and groom together


All of these images must be taken on your wedding day and they all take time to photograph.


If you choose to do a first reveal we can take all of these images prior to your ceremony. We can take as much time as we need to take all of these images.


You are not rushed. You and your family do not miss your cocktail hour.


Once the formal images are completed, the rest of your wedding photographs will be photographed candidly.


Some of the images we will photograph after your first reveal include:

  • Ceremony events such as, when the groom sees his bride-to-be walking down the isle, processional, recessional, your vows, first kiss and vows.
  • Guests at your cocktail hour and food stations
  • Reception details such as your centerpieces, card box, wedding cake and dais
  • Reception evens such as, your grand entrance, first dance, maid of honor and best man speeches and parent dances.


Each couple is going to have a their own vision of what they want their experience and photos to look like. Take your time and think about what is important to you. A first look might be something you will want to do on your Houston wedding day.