This #bilskiprotiptuesday we thought we’d share Nicole + Ryan’s first look from their very special day! What’s a first look, you ask? It’s a private moment, a few hours before the ceremony when a bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day. Here’s why we think you should have one! 

First, you’re adding another big emotional moment to your day! Yes, walking down the aisle is highly emotional, but a first look is much more intimate. Contrary to popular belief, the “walking down the aisle” reactions of couples who have already done a first look are still absolutely breathtaking! You will both still be just as overwhelmed with emotion once you’re standing side by side at the altar! 

Secondly, it will help you relax! You get to feel the relief of seeing one another and getting to spend some quality time together! Opting to do a first look helps to calm your nerves and gives the two of you some privacy before you are surrounded by the whirlwind of family and guests. 

Lastly, you add some breathing room to your timeline and get to enjoy the day you worked so hard to plan! Aside from the emotional element, keep in mind the technical reasoning when deciding on whether or not to have a first look. By seeing each other before the ceremony, you are freeing up the timeline of your day which allows for plenty of time for photos and video before your ceremony, so that everyone can relax and start enjoying the party as soon as the ceremony has ended! 

Take it from the professionals: a first look can truly become the most memorable part of your big day! Not only will you get to spend more of your special day with each other, you will wind up with even more gorgeous photos and video to enjoy for years to come (and you will look a lot happier and relaxed in them, too — we guarantee it)! Take the time to consider a first look as an option — it can easily become your favorite memory when you reminisce about your wedding day!