New York Rooftop First Look Bride and Groom Kiss
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New York Rooftop First Look Bride and Groom Kiss

A bride and groom share their first kiss after seeing each other on their wedding day for the first time. The "first look" took place on the rooftop of the Andaz Hotel on Wall Street.


First look or not?

For some couples, it is clear they don't want to see each other before the actual ceremony. For others, it is the other way. But there are those who struggle to decide what is right for them. Here' are my suggestion as a wedding photographer to help you decide.

If you aren't worried about breaking tradition, I actually think seeing each other before gives you:

  • the benefit to have a few minutes alone (!)
  • helps relief some nervousness as a big moment is passed and you can relax some, especially helpful if your bride/groom calms you
  • it is late Fall/Winter or early Spring and it will be dark after your ceremony (and you care and what photos in the day light)
  • you can take care of all of your family photos (save for extended usually) and most of your couple's (all unless you want some sunset for some weddings) ahead of time
  • you still get to have the moment where you see eachother again as you walk down the aisle

Reasons to not see each other:

  • Keep with tradition
  • Make it more suspenseful, exciting to first see each other at the aisle
  • Family can't come ahead of time for photos anyway, or you don't want to take many formal photos.
  • There is a lot of time between the ceremony and the cocktail hour
  • Just really superstitious!

However you decide, the most important this is that you communicate with your photographer and create a realistic plan for the day. It is amazing how long it can take for even a short list of photos to get done, but an experienced wedding photographer like myself can make it as efficient and enjoyable as possible.


Location: 75 Wall St, New York, NY 10005.