One of the most common question I hear from couples in planning for their wedding day is whether or not to see each other in a "First Look" before the ceremony! It's certainly an important element in arranging the overall schedule and imagining how the day will unfold.
I'll say this - 95% of my couples choose to do a First Look. Why? Let's explore...
Partly, it helps to relieve any pre-wedding anxiety of waiting to see each other walk down the aisle. You get to talk to your sweetheart, hold each other and share your excitement for the coming moments.
Most importantly, it allows for what might be the only 10-minutes of the entire day where you get to be alone with your soon-to-be life partner. It’s usually private and can be VERY emotional.
Following the First Look, we’ll have plenty of time to capture intimate portraits of just the two of you. We’ll get some gorgeous outdoor portraits in the natural, late-afternoon light. Many ceremonies can potentially end after dark, which would mean photos with a flash for the rest of the evening (less flexibility). Plus, you’ll be looking your best for the photos, with your hair and makeup being fresh.
We can also schedule the entire wedding party portraits AND the formal family portraits to happen before the Ceremony…
Which means great news… you’ll still make your cocktail hour and be able to enjoy more of the party!
AND – you’ll have even more gorgeous images, with a variety of locations, for your Album.
But, it’s YOUR wedding, and you should never feel pressured to do anything that doesn’t feel right to you. If you prefer not to have a First Look, there is the other option – you two would be positioned NOT to see each other, but instead can hold hands and talk sweet nothings…
But, whatever you decide, the images will be highly emotional either way!