First look, wedding photos have been around for quite some time now. However, as a bride planning your wedding, this may be very new to you. So what exactly are first look wedding photos, and what do they have to do with you? In this post, I will share with you everything I know about first look wedding photos. I will tell you why I love doing first look and why I believe you should consider doing a first look on your wedding day.
Keep in mind that I’m a wedding photographer, and this information might be a tad bit bias 😜 ! Over the many years of photographing weddings across America, I do find that weddings that incorporate the first look tend to go a lot smoother. Nevertheless, regardless of your decision, my number one priority is to go above and beyond to ensure that all my couples’ wedding experience is nothing but the best.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
First look wedding photos are photos taken during the first look. The first look is a portion of private time set aside for the bride and groom to see each other before the wedding ceremony. Traditionally, the bride and groom would see each other for the first time as the bride walks down the aisle, and the groom is standing at the altar.
On the other hand, the First Look is the modern way of seeing each other before the ceremony, and it is super romantic and beneficial for the couple getting married. Personally, I love photographing the first look, and I believe that once you see the benefits, you will love it too.
Some couples don’t realize how unique a First Look is. Perhaps that is because they get so couth up in thinking how untraditional it is that they just write it off. But I believe that what brides want more than tradition is a reaction. A bride wants her groom to be so surprised and overcome with joy as she walks down the aisle that he bawls like a baby the moment he sees her. And isn’t this every girl’s dream? Which bride wouldn’t want this?
I have photographed many First Look, and I’ve seen grooms become so emotional at the sight of seeing their bride that they breakdown and cry – these are everlasting memories. I can only assume that brides who are not interested in seeing each other before the ceremony usually think that they will miss their groom’s reaction by doing so. They also assume that it won’t be as intimate and emotional as walking down the aisle, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The world knows that the wedding day is stressful for the groom and bride. Why? Because they are the stars for the day, all the focus is on them.
They have to be perfect, she has to be drop-dead gorgeous, and he has to be Mr. GQ, all while trying to figure out how to tie your bowtie and done your veil.
Hell, no wonder some couples say to hell with it and elope. By the time the groom emerges from his sequester for the ceremony, he is a ball of jitters and emotional tension. And you know what? The bride is no different.
Sure walking down the aisle and seeing your man for the first time is magical, but what if you could have an intimate private moment, just you and him, before walking down the aisle?
🤔 Do you think that would remove the pressure?
🤔 Would you have fewer jitters and be calmer?
🤔 How much better do you think he will feel seeing you coming down the aisle? And I promise you, he or she will be just as emotional as they were during the first look or perhaps even more emotional.
Here are some benefits of considering doing a first look on your wedding day:
Here are some cons of doing a first look:
The bottom line is that no matter what anyone tells you, your wedding day experience is you and your partner’s choice. Get the emotion out of it and think about what is practical and give you the best experience. Remember, you only get to married once. At weddings, there are no do-overs! Ensure that you are doing what makes you happy and if you don’t want to do a First Look, then skip it. Traditional weddings are totally cool too!
Work with your wedding planner and your photographer to make sure that you have a wedding day timeline that will accommodate enough time for first look wedding photos or traditional wedding photos. I want you to live in every moment of your wedding, don’t just relive it through your photos. Smell the sweetness of the flowers, taste the bubbles of the champagne on your tongue, see the tears in your father’s eyes, feel the heartbeat of your forever love, and laugh and dance like you, there will be no tomorrow. It is your day, and I want the best for you, regardless!
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