The First Look – Emotional & Priceless Reactions

Awards & Collections // Published by Sam, Editor - September 30, 2018

First looks photos are priceless, be it the bridesmaid seeing the bride in her dress for the first time, the father of the bride, the groom to be or even the bride herself seeing herself in the mirror. We share a collection of stunning, beautiful and emotional first look shots.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

The Dress

Photo by Cassandra Lane Photography – This is Emma, showing her beautiful dress to her bridesmaids for the first time. Taken at The Mill Barns.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

My Little Girl

Photo by Fiona Walsh Photography – This was a super precious moment for involved, and I just loved being able to have witnessed and capture this really special moment of love, of the bond between father and daughter.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

OMG

Photo by Winston Sanders Photography – I took this shot just a few days ago at Braxted Park, Essex. Laura looked absolutely stunning in her dress. Her bridesmaids were overwhelmed at how beautiful she looked.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Two looks are better than one

Photo by Big Day Weddings – David Green – From August this year Emily arrives down the aisle with her brother at Islington Town Hall. There’s love flowing through the whole family as the bride AND her brother give that special look towards David the groom.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

The Grand Staircase

Photo by Tony Hart Photo – Iscoyd Park is a stunning venue and I particularly like the entrance hallway which features this wonderful wide staircase. Sophie’s descent, watched on by her proud Dad was a truly iconic moment in an utterly standout wedding.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions
Photo by Amy Slogar Photography

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

A special bond

Photo by Sarah Williams Photography – My lovely bride Louisa had tragically lost her mum some years ago so she had an incredibly strong bond with her dad. Upwaltham Barns have the most beautiful getting ready area and I always like to bring the dads up to see their daughters and the various reactions that this brings. This was a particularly special moment to capture which really shows the closeness of Louisa and her dad. In this situation you never know what the reaction is going to be, but this photo is a special one that now means a lot to me and it was an honour to be there to capture it for Louisa and her dad.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Stunned

Photo by David J Prior – A first look between Dad and Daughter as he sees her for the first time in her wedding dress at the Ye Olde Plough House.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Father of the Bride

Photo by Mark Leonard Photography – I wish all Dads were this excited when seeing their daughter all ready to go!

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Bridesmaids First Look

Photo by Becky Harley Photography – This was the moment that Issy’s bridesmaids saw her in her dress for the first time at her winter wedding to Alistair at Milling Barn in Hertfordshire. I love the expression on the girls faces!

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

This moment

Photo by Magia Obrazu – We loved the first look of Magda & Kamil – they were both so happy, proud and even shocked when they saw each other for the first time!

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Bridesmaids

Photo by The Gibsons – Moments like these are such a joy to capture. Adored the reaction of the bride’s bridesmaids when they clapped eyes on her in her wedding dress.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Ready Dad

Photo by Duncan McCall Photography – Love capturing this moment at weddings when the bride is ready and dad gets to see her for the first time. This reaction was pure emotion and such a privilege to capture for the bride.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Bridesmaids tears

Photo by Duncan McCall Photography – Love this first look for Holly’s Dad. Raw emotion on display from the bridesmaids makes the shot for me. Always a pleasure to capture these emotional moments.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Hello Mom!

Photo by Spotyphoto – All the guests were in the church at St Paul’s in Letchworth and I was waiting for the bride to arrive together with her mother. You can see from her reaction that she absolutely loved how her daughter looked!

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

No you’re getting emotional…!

Photo by Hana Laurie Alternative Wedding Photographer – Matt is the incredibly puffy-chested step-dad of the amazing Jessica Grenz. Jess married Ed in a double ceremonied day in Sheffield this year – UK registrar lead and a Pagan ceremony. Her step-dad Matt couldn’t have been more proud of her, and more privileged to welcome Ed to the family.
This was the most giving and inclusive wedding I’ve probably ever been to, and the unreserved emotion is clear when the bride is seen for the first time. Lush.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Dad’s first look

Photo by John Hope Photography – This photo was from just last month. I think this is a case when a photo says more than words ever could!

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Brandon and Sophee

Photo by Lynne Kennedy Photography – Sophee and Brandon were eloping to the Isle of Skye with just their two friends in attendance. They stayed in a little cottage and just before we set off for the ceremony location Sophee came out to see Brandon for the first time in her wedding gown. He was totally overcome with emotion. I loved this moment.

First Look Bridesmaid Priceless Reactions

Rebecca & Josh not wanting to see each other before the ceremony

Photo by S2 Images – This is a different take on a first look. Rebecca & Josh wanted to speak to each other before the ceremony, but didn’t actually want to see each other. Rebecca was in tears as she held hands with the man she was to marry in just a few minutes. It was so beautiful to witness such a unique moment.

Don’t make my cry

Photo by Nick Brightman Photography – I took a slightly different approach to normal with this wedding when the Father of the Bride came in to see his daughter for the first time

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