A first look is a planned moment for you two to see each other before the ceremony! Despite popular belief, the First Look does not take away the special and sacred moment of the bride coming down the aisle to her groom, if anything, it strengthens the emotions of that moment because the anxiety, nervousness and uneasiness of the day have been removed! There are actually a TON of benefits to having a first look. Here are the top 5 reasons you should do a first look with your groom at your wedding:
1. MORE PORTRAITS
You’re investing a lot into your wedding photography. With a first look, you’ll receive about 40% more portraits of the two of you. Those are the images you will decorate your home with!
2. ENJOY THE SURPRISE FREELY
You actually get to have intimate time on your wedding day with your man. Most brides don’t realize that when you come down the aisle and totally SHOCK him with your gorgeousness, he can’t even tell you how amazing you look. He can’t touch you, embrace you, or even SPEAK to you. You have to wait until 30 minutes later when the ceremony is over for him to react and tell you how amazing you look. And after 30 minutes of the ceremony, the reaction isn’t quite the same as the initial first glance.
3. YOUR ONLY ALONE TIME
First looks allow you to be together and alone on your wedding day. When you see each other, not only will it be intimate it will be your only time to be alone the whole day! It will put you in the perfect mood for your romantic portraits. Normally portraits are a little rushed after the family formals, and it can be hard to really get back in the “lovey dove” mode… especially with family around! When you have just shared your first look, you’re ready to love on each other. I am always able to capture some super sweet images during those moments!
4. DIMINISHES NERVES
You get rid of your nerves! Getting to see each other before the ceremony allows you to relax! There are a lot less nerves during the ceremony because of this!
5. ENJOY YOUR OWN COCKTAIL HOUR
If you choose to do a first look, we also can create your timeline to allow for most of your formal photos to be done BEFORE the ceremony. We would get portraits of the two of you and all the bridal party photos done as well. This means that when your ceremony is over, you only have family formals to do and a few more husband and wife portraits and then you get to join your cocktail hour!