It’s time!!! Our first guest blogger, photographer Nancy Gould, talks us through the difficult decision of the “first look” all brides must make. To do it or not to do it? Let’s find out what she thinks…
If you are like me, you are in love with Cape Cod, and enjoy being as close to the ocean as possible.  I love when I get to shoot at Wychmere.  Any day I get to come home from work with sand in between my toes is ok with me!

One of the questions I get asked by my clients is “Should we do our pictures before the ceremony?”.  For some people, it’s a loaded question, for others, a no-brainer!!!  Here’s my take on it….I would never push someone to do photos before the ceremony if they really don’t want to (hey, I didn’t at my wedding!), but there are some things to consider when making the decision.

Are you or your future spouse very shy or nervous?

If so, seeing each other before the ceremony might be just the thing to calm your nerves.  I’ve had brides who are really tense and stressed, and as soon as they see their husband to be, that all just melts away.  There’s also something to be said for seeing each other for the first time, and being able to share that moment with just each other (and me….in the distance…), and not with 150 people watching your every move and expression.


Do you really, really want to be at your cocktail hour?

For me, passed hors d’oeuvres and that first glass of bubbly is the most fun part of any party!!  Now, I do try and work super fast to get you all the photos you want in the shortest amount of time possible….but it does still take some time.  If it’s important for you to be at the cocktail hour, then you might want to consider doing a “first look”.

“But I want the first time he sees me to be coming down the aisle!”

He is going to think you look amazing wherever you are the first time he sees you in that dress, believe me.  However, if this is something that you have imagined all your life, then no problem!!  I am more than happy to do all of the photos with the two of you together after the ceremony.  We meet before the wedding and I get the scoop on your family, friends, and bridal party, so there is no confusion on the day of about what you need.

Hopefully this will help eliminate some of the anxiety that comes with making this decision… visit Nancy’s website to see more of her photos and find out more about her!


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