February 18, 2017
Most people have heard of the First Look, but we want you to know EVERYTHING you need to know in order to make the best choices for YOUR wedding! This is something we are very passionate about because we LOVE the First Look…so I apologize in advance if this post is long!! If you are doing a First Look, it is one of the most amazing parts of your wedding day…and because of this, we want you to plan ahead so that you get incredible images from it! Here are a few ways to plan ahead:
There are so many reasons to do a First Look. We’ve discovered that this is actually something many brides are not well-educated on, and so we have made it a point to give our couples all the info you’ll need to determine whether a First Look is best for you! Often the First Look gets rejected because some couples feel it is “un-traditional” or that it might spoil the surprise at the ceremony…but before you write it off, let us explain some of the BENEFITS of doing one!
First, we understand that the bride wants a REACTION…every bride wants to see their groom just light up with surprise and joy and wants him to be so overwhelmed that he cries! This is every girl’s dream and we know it! You may love traditions, but what you REALLY want when it comes to your groom seeing you for the first time is a reaction. Those that are not interested in a First Look usually think that by seeing each other before the ceremony they will lose part of that reaction. They also assume that it will not be as emotional or as intimate as it would be if they were coming down the aisle. The irony is that it is quite the opposite!
As soon as the groom steps into the ceremony area he is met by 50-300 people staring directly at him, watching. his every move. All of these people are watching to see his first reaction and all of them have expectations! This is neither private nor intimate and although it is still powerful and wonderful, it is hard for a groom to fully appreciate and grasp seeing his bride for the first time while all of this is going on!
It’s just a matter of fact that most grooms will get nervous right before seeing their bride, and instead of arranging to have that moment in front of hundreds of people, why not do it in a private place where you BOTH feel more comfortable and free to express the emotions that are overwhelming you? You can cry, embrace, kiss and enjoy the moment for as long as you want to…you can show off your dress and his nerves will calm down so that he’s ready to be BEAMING when you do walk down the aisle!
Not only will this create time and space for you to be natural and open with each other, it also creates the most amazing images in your whole wedding album! Natural interaction creates the best photos and one of the reasons we love and encourage the First Look is because of the extra “portrait” time it creates for you and your groom. Portrait time that is different from the time-governed and more “posed” portraits you’ll get after the ceremony. These will be natural, FULL of emotion, and relaxed! And THEN, when we do your portraits after the ceremony, we need less time and you are able to get more quickly to the reception! (Like, do we need MORE reasons?!)
We do want to make very clear, however, that we do NOT require our couples to choose to do a First Look nor do we pressure them to make that choice. We simply believe it is so beneficial and want to make sure that you KNOW that before making your decision! For our own wedding, we actually did NOT do a First Look and looking back, we wish we had!
So, whatever you choose, make sure you take some time to think about and discuss the First Look…do you want more portraits of you and your groom during your wedding day? Do you want time ALONE with your groom on the big day? Do you want to have more freedom to express yourself and more time to do so when you first see each other?
We hope this has been super helpful to you and that it blesses you now, in your planning, and on your wedding day!