It’s no secret that a first-look is a modern, intimate moment for you and your future partner to experience together. It seems like first-looks are 50/50 situations, in which half of my couples are ALL FOR seeing each other beforehand and the other half wants to continue the tradition of seeing each other for the first time at the aisle.
A first look is not for everyone, but if you want one of the most genuine, true-to-life reactions, you may want to think about one. It has PLENTY of benefits and offers such a non-traditional, intimate way to spend time with your significant other during your wedding day. Below are some of my favorite benefits that may help you consider why you should discuss having a first-look with your partner, and also your photographer 🙂
1. You can experience one of the most genuine, intimate parts of your wedding day privately
It’s one of the only moments you’ll get to be alone ALL DAY. I make it a priority that, after I capture the genuine first look, to give my couples 5-10 minutes of ACTUAL, 100% alone time together. After those precious moments of just taking each other in, then you can just have fun with your best friend while taking portraits before your wedding party and families joins us for group photos!
2. It takes so much pressure off
A first-look slows everything down to a cozy moment and gives you the chance to bask in the affection you both have before the frenzy of a wedding day. Most importantly, this quiet moment will allow for you to get out the jitters and nerves so you feel and look relaxed and comfortable for the rest of the photos.
3. Be present at your wedding
The statement “Your wedding day will go by so fast!” is NOT an understatement! It’ll feel like you blinked, and then the day is over. There are so many activities and things to accomplish on your wedding day that sometimes taking it all in just isn’t possible (as much as you want it to be). This is even more of a reason to have a photographer capture those unseen moments right before you! Try thinking like this when planning your wedding: Unless you have all the money in the world, let’s be realistic about your day but creatively plan so that you can have the best of both worlds.
4. It shifts your wedding day schedule to enhance your experience
You don’t have to spend 2 hours after the ceremony taking photos and go straight into your reception – if you do a first look, you get ALL of your photos out of the way (except for sunset portraits, of course 😉 ) and we can go STRAIGHT into your cocktail hour. So you can, ya know, actually talk to your wonderful guests that have traveled to see you and your partner!
5. More more MORE PHOTOS!!
You’ll actually get 40% MORE PHOTOS if you have a first look – I think that’s reason enough to consider it. Scheduling time for photos before the ceremony with a first look and a bit after your ceremony, ideally during sunset, allows for more beautiful photo opportunities. In addition, weddings are unpredictable and there are often delays. It would be a shame to reminisce about your wedding day and wish you had more photo time scheduled! It is not ideal to rush pictures after your ceremony for reasons like the sun already setting or a ceremony running longer than expected.
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