Happy hump day, friends! Can you believe it is already Wednesday. This week is surely flying!! Today we are going to talk about 5 reasons why I recommend having a "First Look" on your wedding day. After having photographed weddings for the past four years, I always find the weddings that schedule a "First Look" into their photography timeline just go SO much smoother. As a photographer, I may be a little biased, but I do want to educate you on why you should consider having a "First Look".
1. IT SERIOUSLY CALMS YOUR NERVES
On our wedding day, Christopher and I chose to have a "First Look" ,and I'm so glad we did. Up until I saw my man, I was a bundle of nerves. Once I saw Christopher though, those nerves instantly melted away. I also think a "First Look" is a great route to take if you're likely to get nervous in front of a crowd. By the time you are walking down the aisle, the most important person of the day will have already seen you. It really does take a load off.
2. IT'S MORE INTIMATE
When you have a "First Look" it's simply between you and your groom. Sure the photographers and videographers are there to capture it for you, but I digress. Would you rather you and your groom see each other for the first time on your wedding day in front of a humongous crowd of people or in a more intimate setting that includes just you two. It's so special to experience the awe and wonder of your wedding day alone together before the festivities begin. In all honesty, after the ceremony, you're just busy trying to get pictures in and greeting your guests that you don't have much opportunity to celebrate with your groom until the day is over.
3. TYPICALLY, YOU'RE ABLE TO GET MORE PICTURES
My couples who choose to do a "First Look" usually are able to get more pictures back. This is is simply due to the fact that we have MORE time for pictures. When you choose to do a "First Look" we will be able to shoot all of your bridesmaids, groomsmen, bridal party, and couples portraits all before your ceremony. If you choose to wait until the ceremony to see one another, we're rushing to do all of that plus your family pictures during cocktail hour. Can that be done? Definitely. But it may create a little more stress. Also, depending on the time of day (this would apply to evening weddings) you choose to get married, their may not be enough natural light available to do all the pictures during your cocktail hour. If it starts getting dark, you start losing that beautiful lighting. When we start to lose that light, we have to prioritize which pictures are most important. There are definitely other ways to avoid this predicament (such as having an earlier ceremony) ,but it is something to consider.
4. MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COUPLES PORTRAITS
By having a "First Look", you are giving yourselves an "insurance policy" on portraits. You and your groom will have more then one opportunity during the wedding day to take beautiful couples portraits. We will of course have your portraits made during the "First Look", but then we also can carve out a small portion of time during the cocktail hour for even MORE bride and groom portraits so you have two golden opportunities for couples portraits on your special day.
5. YOU'RE ABLE TO KICK BACK AND RELAX A LITTLE MORE
By having a "First Look", you generally won't feel as rushed getting to the next portion of your day. You'll feel more relaxed and be able to be more in the moment on your wedding day if you choose to have a "First Look". Having a "First Look" helps get all of the more posed portraits out of the way, so when the ceremony ends your able to mingle and fellowship with people who have come to celebrate this momentous occasion with you.
While we are equipped to handle weddings with "First Looks" and without, I can't say enough good things about choosing to have one! If you and your groom are committed to waiting until the ceremony to see each other, I definitely won't try to persuade you otherwise. If you are on the fence though, I want to help you make an informed decision. Time and time again, clients are so glad that they did choose to have a "First Look".