One of the first questions we will ask a bride is if they are looking to do a first look. Their answer is usually ‘YES!’ But when our brides aren’t sure, we get them informed on three tips that might make them change their mind, these three tips will help you determine whether or not a first look is something for you and your groom to chat about.
[ Cara + James, October 2012 ]
Lets face it, wedding days are beyond hectic and no body knows better than your photographer who is seasoned and understands wedding timelines a bit better. We have seen weddings run up to, if not, an hour over their ceremony time, this is when it is a great idea to chat with your wedding photographer to see how you can create a timeline with them. One of the best advantages to a first look is that you get to save time, yes, you can save a lot of time and stress. As a bride, stressed is the last thing you should be. After all, it is your day to be pampered and relaxed. A first look allows a bride and groom to get ready much earlier in their wedding day, which means you won’t just be sitting around for a couples hours after being all done up. You will start your photo session pretty early. And by early it would be before your ceremony. Once you and your groom share your intimate moment, the family formals and bridal party photographs will follow shortly after. You know what that means, yup…. You will be done with photographs before the ceremony starts. Of course, sunset photographs are still a must, but at least this will save you the headache of not being sure if you’ll have time for your guests.
Which brings me to my next point, you will have the your cocktail hour to enjoy with your guests. Now how many bride and grooms have the chance to actually relax at cocktail hour with their guests? Just about none, unless they do the first look prior. Your guests are there to see you, you are the center of attention and you should be proud of that! As a wedding guest, it is not fun to wait for the bride and groom an hour after they should have been eating. So keep the timeline in mind and your guests when considering a first look.
It shouldn’t just be about the guests though, this is your moment. The moment you have been waiting for with your groom. It is the intimate moment you get to share with your soulmate. Your other half. Your everything. The first look is solely an intimate moment for you and the groom to share prior to the wedding. A moment so big, should not have to be shared in front of everyone, it is all about you two. We truly believe it helps to bond you two between your wedding day. It helps you feel at peace and you get to share a few things amongst each other all while having your moment photographed.
[ Viktoriya + Jared, March 2012 ]
So all in all, a first look helps to have a smooth wedding timeline, keeps your guests and you happy, and you get to share the best intimate moment with your groom. A first look isn’t all that bad to consider. Which is why we wanted to tell our clients and future clients, even if you aren’t thinking of having us photograph your wedding, this is a great piece of information for you to read and consider. We want you guys to know, because if it is a better option for you, we are happy to help!!
Happy Valentine’s Day all you lovebirds!
-Diana + Andrew
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