Now an alternative to a First Look, for those traditionalists who would like to combine modern romance into their wedding days, there is something else, called a "First Touch." A First Touch is where the couple doesn't see each other beforehand, but holds hands or talks around a corner or behind a barrier- sometimes with a blindfold on. My lovely clients Rachel & Ray combined the two new traditions by beginning with a First Touch and transitioning into a First Look by standing on either side of a tree at their Tahoe wedding.
For Selena & Jesse, who married in Coloma, a gorgeous historic Gold Country town, they chose to do a First Touch. Jesse and I cleared the back porch of the house of clutter and set him up on one side of the corner. I then went back in and got Selena and snuck her out the back door. Then I backed off as far as I could as they slowly inched towards each other and held hands for the first time on their wedding day.
They didn't see each other until Selena walked down the aisle, but they got to talk to each other, touch each other, and express how much they loved each other and how excited they were.