I have decided that for the next few weeks I am going to post these informative posts every Monday. I have lots of topics in mind so It’ll probably last 4 or 5 weeks.
Have you ever thought about a first look? Do you know what that is?
Usually when I mention a first look to potential clients I either get the reaction of “No Way!” or a blank stare as to say why would I do that?
However I like to encourage all clients to give it some thought and make sure the idea really isn’t for you.
What is a first look? Simply put it is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the ceremony. It is a private meeting between just the two of you. No parents, no bridal party. Your photographer hangs out on the sidelines to capture the meeting and the emotions.
My preferred wedding shooting style is to include a first look. However I do not push this issue. I understand that for some people upholding traditions means a lot to them. I will honor this and abide by your decision.
I do want to present some advantages of a first look for you to consider when making this decision:
1. You get to see each other for the first time in a very private setting. Where as during the ceremony it is not very private and its hard to show emotions and feelings. This can be a very emotional few minutes and one of the best memories of your entire day. By not seeing each other until the bride walks down the aisle, you never really get to share that moment together, alone. By the time the ceremony is over the moment has passed. The first look not only captures great photos but gives you some time to enjoy being alone together in your fancy attire.
2. It frees up time after the ceremony since once you see each other you can do immediate family and bridal party photos as time permits before the ceremony as well. Your wedding is for you enjoy and have fun. This allows you to have more time at your receptions with friends and family.
3. You will not feel the rush to get family, bridal party, and the photos of the two of you all right after the ceremony.
My suggestion – Think about this carefully, don’t just make a quick decision. Talk it over, give it some thought, determine how much you want to stick to traditions, and weigh all the pros and cons.