It’s a new age, so it’s no longer considered bad luck for a couple to see each other before the wedding for a First Look. What’s more, there are some great advantages to a first-look session prior to the wedding.  There are two situations in which I strongly recommend a first-look: when there is little to no time between your Ceremony and Receiption and / or if your Ceremony and Reception are being held at the same location. In these instances, seeing eachother pre-ceremony creates a smooth, steady flow through the day’s events. A first-look will allow us to plan enough time for your photos as a couple as well as photos with your wedding party and family without the presure of time restraints. It has been my experience that couples who choose a first-look never regret the decision.


First Look - Images by Berit - Jasna Polana Wedding Photographer

Meredith & Andy’s First Look at Jasna Polana in Princeton, New Jersey


Your first-look is a really exciting time. I love capturing the raw emotion associated with a couple seeing each other for the first time, in an intimate setting. These private moments, before you start taking more formal, posed portraits, are often the most special for the couple. This quiet, contemplative time also serves as a break to calm your nerves. Inviting others to this time alone is not recommended.