Many people are worried that seeing each other before the ceremony will take away from the joy and excitement of walking down the aisle to your soon-to-be spouse. Some like the tradition of it.
If I may, I’d like to share some pros of doing a first look before the ceremony with the caveat that if you are one of my clients (or you want to be one of my clients!), I am absolutely happy to work with you and not do a first look. It is honestly everyone’s personal preference, and I would never push anyone to do something they don’t want to do.
So, with that being said, here are some really good reasons to do a first look.
1. You will be less stressed during your portraits and therefore will be happier with your photos when you receive them.
Wedding days go by so fast and one refrain I hear over and over again is that it is important to all couples to spend time with the guests who came to celebrate such a momentous occasion with them. By time family and wedding party photos are over, it’s time for the bride and groom photos, and I can tell you that nine times out of 10, they are just ready to get to the reception and party. If they’ve kept their guests waiting, they feel bad about spending more time away from them — and it tends to show in photographs.
With a first look, there’s typically only a handful of photos to take after the ceremony so you are able to get to the reception faster and party longer. Who doesn’t want that?!
Because the bulk of your photos will be done before the ceremony, you’ll only need 15-20 minutes after to wrap up anything we weren’t able to get to. If you don’t do a first look, you can count on at least an hour to an hour and a half for portraits after the ceremony.
We had a few minutes to ourselves and our photographer was able to document the pure emotion of the moment. Those photos are some of my absolute favorite from our wedding day.
So I’d love to know — did you do a first look? Would you do a first look? Tell me why or why not in the comments!