Your first look is an amazing part of your wedding day! If you aren’t sure about this tradition, the next few paragraphs will explain why it would be a romantic addition to your wedding day celebration that not only adds to the experience but also reduces stress. We know that a first look isn't for everyone. But hopefully, we can help you narrow down whether or not it is for you.
Please know that we would never want any of our couples to feel pressured to go with this option. However, we do want to make sure that we share all of the benefits of a first look because there is a reason most of our couples do it and LOVE it!!
.: More Portraits :.
You’re investing a lot into your wedding photography. With a first look, you’ll receive so many more portraits of the two of you, and those are the images you will decorate your first home with! (Believe me, our house is PACKED full of our portraits!) With a first look, you make the most out of this large investment and get the most for your money as there is more time for taking photos before the ceremony and after as opposed to trying to cram everything in during cocktail hour.
.: Enjoy the surprise freely :.
You actually get to have intimate time on your wedding day with your loved one. Most brides don’t realize that when you come down the aisle and totally SHOCK him with your gorgeous-ness, he can’t even tell you how amazing you look. He can’t touch you, embrace you or even SPEAK to you. You have to wait until 30 minutes later when the ceremony is over for him to react and tell you how amazing you look. And after 30 minutes of the ceremony, the reaction isn’t the same as the initial first glance.
.: Extend your day by 3 hours :.
First looks allow you to extend your wedding day. Normally the wedding day would start when you come down the aisle, then the ceremony would end, you would rush through portraits so that you’re not late for the introductions and then it’s reception time. With a first look, your wedding day is extended by almost 3 hours!! Instead of being rushed for your bridal party portraits, you actually get to enjoy them and have fun hanging out with your BEST friends on your wedding day. The WHOLE first half of our client’s wedding albums are filled with images just from this time together before the ceremony.
.: Your only alone time :.
First looks allow you to be TOGETHER and alone on your wedding day. Normally portraits are a little rushed after the family formals and it can be hard to really get back into that “lovey dovey”” mode, especially with family around! When you have just shared your first look, you’re READY to love on each other and we always capture some super sweet images during those moments!!
.: Diminishes nerves :.
You get rid of your nerves!! I’d say, literally half of our couples who have decided to do a first look, the grooms were not fans of it at first. However, because they have never experienced their wedding day before, they didn’t know how nerve racking it can be.. I have testimonials from so many grooms who initially weren’t a fan of the first look, but afterwards admitted to being SO much more relaxed and ready for the ceremony.
We hope this helps you decide on whether or not you'd like to do a first look. And remember, no matter what you decide to do on your wedding day, we will support you!