To help explain why we definitely RECOMMEND A FIRST LOOK, we’ve pulled together a few things on everything First Look related. Let’s begin…
So typically the couple will first lay eyes on one another as their partner makes their way down the aisle, The First Look flips this tradition on its head.
Rather that have your first wedding moment together in front of your guests, during a First Look you’ll take time out alone before the ceremony begins. It’s a super intimate and personal experience, where you’ll have the chance of a moment of solitude before the wedding starts.
Why would you do a First Look?
You may be feeling nervous, or emotional, or over stimulated. With a First Look, you can experience a rare moment of calm and allows you to be present with one another before your guests arrive. It can be so easy to get swept up in the events of a wedding day that you forget to take a moment to appreciate the amazingness of what you’re actually doing.
Both of you are making a lifelong commitment to one another. It goes without saying, then, that you should take a moment just the two of you to process the magnitude of the journey you’re about to go on together and we as your photographers, will make sure we capture it all!
It's super helpful for us
Doing a first look helps us a ton. The more time we have with you, the more creative and fun photographs we can capture.
Sometimes trying to do photos of the bridal party, family and you guys alone after the ceremony can be some what overwhelming and leaves us to little to no time for you and your partner, we want to make sure you are having a good time, not work.
By doing a first look we can spread out the timeline, this way, We can focus more on natural photographs and enjoy the day with your loved ones. If you like to do some formal shots, we can get these before the ceremony, making sure everyone is on time and we can have cocktail hour open to unwind, enjoy this time with guest and family or simply take a few moments alone with your partner. Not to mention enjoy some delicious appetizers and some yummy drinks.
BUT MY PARTNER SAW ME ALREADY? wouldn't be weird?
For some couples, yes. The tradition of first seeing each other as the bride walks down the aisle is an important one for a lot of people, and we get it. However, with this set up, you’re experiencing that special moment with dozens of other people . The intimacy of the moment is somewhat reduced. If you or your partner is on the shyer end of the personality spectrum, it might also mean that you aren’t able to show your emotions as freely as you’d like to. These are all things that can take away from it being truly ‘your’ moment.
Many couples say that meeting at the aisle is just as moving as when they met for the First Look. You’ve processed the jitters, you’ve talked through your feelings, you’ve expressed what you feel inside for your person. When you meet again at the aisle, all of those unspoken truths will feel even stronger.
So, should you do a First Look?
As wonderful as we think First Looks are for helping couples to connect – it’s your day. The decision of whether to do a First Look depends on you guys as a couple, and what you’d like to get out of the day.
If you’re unsure about whether it’s right for you, reach out to us, we will be able to help you determine if it’s a good fit for you and your partner but ultimately the choice will be yours.