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First Look or No First Look?

The age-old tradition of not seeing your future spouse before the wedding ceremony has been falling by the wayside in recent years. The “First Look” has become a new, modern tradition, and it has some really great benefits that go along with it. At the same time, every couple is different and should make their own decision based on what’s important to them.

Where did the tradition come from?

The “First Look” can vary a little in how it’s done, but generally the bride walks up behind the groom and taps him on the shoulder. The groom then turns around and sees his future wife in her wedding dress for the first time. It’s a very powerful moment, and usually much more intimate than if the couple were to see each other for the first time at the ceremony.

There are many benefits to doing a first look. For one, it allows many of the wedding photos to be taken before the ceremony – including the bridal party, family, friends etc. This is a huge benefit because it frees up much more time after the ceremony for the couple. It also allows the photos to be spread out more throughout the day, as opposed to trying to squeeze them all in one hour after the ceremony.

In some cases, doing a First Look also allows the couple to take advantage of the best lighting conditions. It may be dark (or getting dark) after the ceremony, which can limit the look and feel of the photos. These are the photos you’ll cherish for the rest of your  life, so why not help them be as great as possible?

So what is a First Look and why can it be a great choice?

The “First Look” can vary a little in how it’s done, but generally the bride walks up behind the groom and taps him on the shoulder. The groom then turns around and sees his future wife in her wedding dress for the first time. It’s a very powerful moment, and usually much more intimate than if the couple were to see each other for the first time at the ceremony.

There are many benefits of doing a first look. For one, it allows many of the wedding photos to be taken before the ceremony – including the bridal party, family, friends etc. This is a huge benefit because it frees up much more time after the ceremony for the couple. It also allows the photos to be spread out more throughout the day, as opposed to trying to squeeze them all in one hour after the ceremony.

In some cases, doing a First Look also allows the couple to take advantage of the best lighting conditions. It may be dark (or getting dark) after the ceremony, which can limit the look and feel of the photos. These are the photos you’ll cherish for the rest of your  life, so why not help them be as great as possible?

Our Experience Photographing Weddings

After shooting over one hundred weddings, we’ve been fortunate to see many different ways to approach a wedding day. I can say, without a doubt, that couples who choose to do a First Look tend to feel more relaxed and enjoy the day’s events more. The schedule is a little more spread out, there isn’t as much rushing around, and we as the photographers have more of an opportunity to capture the very best photos. At the same time, each couple has certain things that are most important to them, and we totally respect whatever decision they come to. It’s our job to lend guidance and help make the day run a smoothly as possible.

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