As wedding photographers, we spend 8-12 hours with our bride and grooms and their closest friends and family. We capture wedding days from the moments before the bride slips into her dress until its last call and the bride and groom are breaking a sweat on the dance floor. Throughout the quick moving wedding day, one of our favorite moments to capture of a bride and groom is when they see each other for the first time during a first look. Here are three reasons a bride and groom should consider seeing each other before the ceremony:
1.The bride and groom have an intimate moment carved out for just the two of them.
From the moment the bride and groom wake on their wedding day, they are surrounded by their loved ones. From getting her hair and makeup done with her bridesmaids to getting down on the dance floor with their guests, it’s hard for the bride and groom to have a single minute to themselves! Setting aside a few minutes for a first look in the wedding day timeline allows for the bride and groom to soak up the moment before they become husband and wife. It took months to plan this single day that revolves around them and it goes by in the blink of an eye! A first look gives us the opportunity to document the anticipation of seeing your future husband/wife without the interference of guests. Being able to quietly look into each other eyes and embrace without distractions will be a moment the bride and groom never forgets.
2.More time for wedding photos!
Especially in the case of late afternoon ceremonies, penciling in a first look allows the bride and groom to take pictures earlier in the day. With the couple seeing each other before the ceremony, there is more time during the day to photograph the bride, groom and their bridal party. Taking care of wedding photos before the ceremony allows for a more relaxed afternoon and evening and gives us photographers more time to create beautiful wedding images. Afterall, that’s why we were chosen by the bride and groom!
3.More time to celebrate with guests!
Without a first look, the only time left for photos of the bride and groom and the entire bridal party is after the ceremony. After factoring in formal family portraits after the ceremony and transportation time from one location to the next, there might only be one hour left – cocktail hour – to take photos of the newlyweds and bridal party! Everyone might have to miss cocktail hour to take photos and we definitely do not want to be what’s keeping partygoers from the festivities! With pictures out of the way before the ceremony, the couple has more time to relax and thoroughly enjoy their cocktail hour and celebrate with their guests.
As weddings become more and more personalized, we are seeing less and less traditions that once were considered must follow wedding rules. It’s your day and there are no rules to follow. Do whatever your heart desires to create the best day of your lives! First look or not, we will capture the love and once in a lifetime moments that unfold on your wedding day!
xoxo Michele & Andy
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