Is a First Look Right For You?
IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHETHER A FIRST LOOK IS RIGHT FOR YOU, STOP HERE.
That moment the Bride and Groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day is magical. And this is true whether the couple chooses to wait until the bride walks down the aisle or chooses to do a "first look" prior to the ceremony.
It may take place anywhere, from a lovely spot behind the ceremony location, an alleyway by your chapel or even a beautiful room in your house. You will get to enjoy some quiet minutes, while I keep a discreet distance and capture this emotional encounter while you two exchange a few words in private and calm each other’s nerves before all eyes are on the two of you.
“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.”
IT MAKES MORE TIME FOR PICTURES WITHOUT SACRIFICING COCKTAIL HOUR
When there is no first look, the majority of the pictures have to be taken after the ceremony. Family pictures are generally done as soon as the ceremony ends because it’s the easiest time to round everyone up. Next up is full bridal party, and then bride and groom portraits. This generally runs into cocktail hour.
A first look opens up time prior to the ceremony for full bridal party pictures.
First look prior to the ceremony allows the couple to get the most out of cocktail hour, which makes the rest of the evening feel less rushed.
If you’re expecting poor weather on your wedding day, it might be best to plan on a first look because it gives you more options for pictures. If it’s pouring rain after the ceremony, you’ll be thankful you had pictures done in advance.
One more thing to consider is that if you know the tears are going to fly the first time you see each other, a first look will give you time to freshen up before the ceremony.
Write LOVE letters to each other
before you head off to the First Look or ceremony write each other little love notes that both of you can read to each other. It is a beautiful, loving gesture that calms the nerves and will make you overflow with gratitude. You’ll get goosebumps every time you look back on these moments through the photographs.