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First looks are intimate photos of the groom and bride in their wedding attire before the ceremony, which saves the hassle of taking pictures right after the ceremony and before the reception. They allow for the groom and bride to have a special moment before the wedding and capture the bride with fresh makeup and hair done. Many couples have said their first look took away the anxiousness of the wedding ceremony because they were more relaxed after seeing each other before. A first look is also another opportunity for you and your fiancé to get creatively cute. At Happy H Ranch, we chose some of our favorite first look ideas for a little inspiration.
1. UP, UP AND AWAY
A fun, simple way to reveal your dress is by hiding behind a giant bouquet of balloons. The balloons can be colorful or match the theme of your wedding. Plus the balloon bouquet is super easy to make!
2. HITCHING POST
If you’re looking for a location with great natural background the hitching post is the ticket. A backdrop with a beautiful view of vistas and valleys of the Hill Country is simply breathtaking.
3. READING LETTERS TO EACH ANOTHER
Think your vows are just the tip of iceberg of how you feel? Writing and reading letters to each another before the first look is a perfect way to set the tone of your pictures. Many couples do this lined up on a protruding wall corner or on different sides of a door.
4. CURTAIN CALL
Make use of your giant windows by revealing your dress to your fiancé with curtains. The window can make for excellent lighting on the bride and create eye-catching angles with your fiancé waiting for you outside.
5. DADDY-DAUGHTER FIRST LOOK
Who says it has to be your fiancé in your first look pictures? Touch your father’s heart by capturing his reaction to seeing his little princess all grown up.
6. HORSE & BUGGY!
For couples that are going for the whole hill country wedding appeal, why not make your big reveal country style on a horse and buggy! Your fiancé’s anticipation watching his bride arrive on horse and buggy will be priceless.
7. GOING COUNTRY
Maybe a more simplistic outdoor reveal may be more you ticket. Being on the opposite sides of a beautiful tree might be right up your ally to take some gorgeous, naturally lit pictures.
8. BACK TO BACK
Sure, props can be fun for photos. However, sometimes the most perfect moments are without all the themes and just you and your fiancé as the focus. Less is more with the groom and bride back to back before the big reveal.
9. BRIDESMAIDS ONLY
If you’re hesitant about having your fiancé see your dress before the ceremony, do a first look with your bridesmaids! There’s nothing like your girls having your back on the biggest day of your life. They’ll love celebrating with you, and you’ll love the moments captured from it.
10. AT THE CROSS
Maybe a more intimate reveal up at the Chapel and Cross of Forgiveness. The 75-foot-tall and 34-foot-wide Cross of Forgiveness would certain make for a great reveal location.
11. BEAUTY SO BLINDING
Blindfolds on the bride and groom may simply be all you need for your first look. The blindfolds can match your wedding colors for your pictures’ aesthetic.
12. TAKE A WALK
A long hallway or spacious room can anticipate a dramatic reveal that allows the couple to breathe in every moment as the bride walks towards the groom.
13. TYING THE KNOT
One intricate and cute idea is using a rope to twirl the bride out. Blindfolded at first, the bride will twirl into her groom on the other end of the rope. Once she is in his arms, the blindfolds can come off and the groom can spin the bride out to get a full view of her.
14. DON’T FORGET THE GROOM!
Mix it up by having the groom reveal himself to the bride. After all, it’s his day, too!
15. NEVER LETTING GO
Another sweet, simple first look is to have the bride and groom holding hands on different sides of a wall corner or door. It will be the last few moments documented before the groom finally has his wedding band on forever.
16. KNOCK KNOCK
A classic door reveal makes for an easy first look shoot. You and fiancé can play the door reveal up or down depending on what shots you are going for.
17. THE SHOULDER TAP
A simple shoulder tap can do the job of a first look and make for some really cute photos.
18. REFLECTING ON EACH ANOTHER
For couples that want a more artistic feel, using a hand mirror for the first look could make for some incredibly unique shots. Of course, the photographer will get the groom’s reaction when he turns around to see the reveal in its full effect as well.
19. COVER YOUR EYES!
Or his eyes, rather. The bride covering the groom’s eyes from behind can make for some adorably candid photos.
20. BRIDESMAIDS AND GROOMSMEN REVEAL
What better to way to capture the groom’s reaction than to have the whole gang there? The bridesmaids and groomsmen can surround the bride and then part ways at the reveal in this sweet community effort.
No matter what you and your fiancé choose, remember this is your special moment with each other regardless of how the first look is done. For more inspiration, call Happy H Ranch at (210) 332-3151 or visit www.happyhranch.com.
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