The First Look
The "First Look" is becoming more and more popular among today's brides and grooms. This moment is set up by your photographer for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony. It's allows for a private and intimate moment between the two to share their deepest feelings and it allows your photographer to capture it in photos.
TO FIRST LOOK, OR NOT TO FIRST LOOK?
That is the question. We certainly won't impose ourselves on any of our brides and grooms, but if we were asked for our professional opinion, we would recommend tossing tradition & grabbing that alone time before the ceremony and here is why...
MAXIMIZE YOUR TIME!
A lot will happen on your wedding day. You'll greet the guest, mingle, dance, eat, toast, toss bouquet & garter, cut the cake, pictures with family, etc. and these are all incredible moments but by having the first look, you are allowing a moment to yourselves on your day to freely express your deepest emotions. In additional, it also allows for 2+ hours for your photos instead of 45minutes after the wedding, this way you don't have to keep your guest waiting at the reception.
Although it may seem that you would be breaking tradition for a picture, the "first look" prior to the ceremony and the "first look" during the ceremony are completely independent experiences. Each experience will allow your photographer to grab stunning and emotional images.
We certainly understand that a "first look" isn't for everyone, and it's not the "traditional" thing to do, but if photography is important to you, then it's something to be considered.