We've been wedding photographers for 10+ years now, and have figured out what works and what doesn't work when it comes to wedding day timelines. Therefore, I have a pretty strong opinion about "First Looks" on Wedding Days. Read on to learn more!
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WHAT IS A ‘FIRST LOOK’?
As your wedding photographers, we set up the First Look, so that you, the bride and groom can see each other before the ceremony. Usually this moment is just for the couple and us, the photographers -- no family and friends allowed -- so we can keep it nice and private and intimate. We photograph the first few moments that you see each other and then allow you a few minutes just to yourself. After that, we head and are able to do your bride and groom portraits -- and then the family/bridal party formals.
We won’t force you to have a First Look, but we can tell you that after photographing a gazillion weddings over the past ten years, First Looks really make the wedding day more enjoyable… not only for the bride and groom, but for EVERYONE. Wedding days are unpredictable. They don’t always go according to plan, especially if the schedule is super time. But, when we design a wedding day timeline to include a First Look, we are able to pad the schedule before the ceremony to allow for hair + makeup running late, or family running behind, and more. We create your timeline so it’s a painless and stress-free as possible --- and while we try to achieve the same stress-free planning for a wedding without a First Look, it’s not always as easily attained, due to the nature of trying to squeeze in so many portraits in a short time span after the ceremony.
So, why should I have a First Look?
>>Get rid of nerves! Surprisingly, grooms usually get even more nervous than brides on wedding days & First Looks allow them (+you) to be more relaxed for the ceremony.
>>Get all of your posed photos/portraits done BEFORE the ceremony. Instead of being rushed through photos in between your ceremony & reception time, you’ll enjoy your portraits beforehand without feeling stressed or wondering if you’re taking too long/if guests are starting to get anxious about where you are.
>>Be fresh! First Looks allow portraits to be done while everyone’s hair + makeup is the freshest & the flowers haven’t begun to wilt.
>>Have intimate time together! This may be the ONLY time you 2 will be alone during the entire wedding!
>>Set the stage for awesome portraits! During your First Look, you’ll cry + laugh together, which puts you in a perfect mood for relaxed romantic portraits. If waiting until after the ceremony & family formals are done - portraits are rushed & it can be very hard to get back into that lovey mood.
>>Savor those emotions of seeing each other for the first time! When you walk down the aisle and your groom is blown away by you, he can’t even tell you how gorgeous you look or embrace you because you’re in the middle of the ceremony! You have to wait 30+ minutes until the ceremony is over, and then the reaction isn’t the same as the first initial glance.
>>Get more bride+groom portraits! You’re investing a great deal in your wedding photography,. When you do a First Look, you will receive almost 2x more portraits of the two of you together.
>>No regrets. We’ve never had a couple regret their decision to do a First Look, but we have had couples, after their wedding, tell us they wish they had done one on their wedding day.