[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you are a current or past Bride and Groom of mine, you will have heard me talk about all the benefits of a First Look. There is a reason for this. They’re AWESOME! However, not everyone is aware of how awesome they are, because they get caught up in how “non-traditional” it is, and they immediately write it off. If you aren’t sure about this tradition, this post will explain why it would be a romantic addition to your wedding day celebration that not only adds to the experience but also reduces stress. Please know that I would never want any of my couples to feel pressured to go with this option. However, I do want to make sure that I share all of the benefits of a first look to best educate you on your decision!
But first… What IS a First Look?
A First Look is where I take the Groom to a private place, no people, no on-lookers, no distractions and I have his beautiful bride, the love of his life, quietly call his name. He turns around to see her for the first time, he can embrace her… cry with her…. kiss her… and ENJOY that moment with her for as LONG as they want. As she shows him her dress, twirls a few times and then asks him what he thinks… his nerves start to diminish. After all, she’s the one who can make him most comfortable anyway. Now they are ready for romantic portraits, no rushing, just spending some much needed alone time loving on each other! Isn’t that just wonderful? Continued below are a few more reasons why your First Look may end up being your favourite part of your Wedding Day!
40% More Portraits
You’re investing a lot into your wedding photography. With a first look, you’ll receive 40% MORE portraits of the two of you… and those are the images you will decorate your first home with! With a first look, you make the most out of this large investment and get the most for your money.
Enjoy the Suprise 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 gorgeous-ness… 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 the same as the initial first glance.
Extend Your Day by 3 Hours
First Looks allow you to extend your wedding day. Normally the wedding day would start when you come down the aisle, then the ceremony would end, you would rush through portraits so that you’re not late for the introductions and then it’s reception time. With a first look, your wedding day is extended by almost 3 hours! Instead of being rushed for your bridal party portraits… you actually get to enjoy them and have fun hanging out with your BEST friends on your wedding day. The WHOLE first half of my client’s wedding albums are filled with images just from this time together before the ceremony.
Your Only Alone Time
First Looks allow you to be together and alone on your wedding day. You may not realize it, but it will be your only time to be alone the whole day! Having this time together will allow you to cry and laugh and be excited about your day! This will put you both in the perfect mood for romantic portraits! Normally portraits are a little rushed after the family formals, and it can be hard to really get back into that “lovey dovey” mode…. especially with family around! When you have just shared your first look, you’re ready to love on each other, and I always capture some super sweet images during those moments!
You get rid of your nerves! Most couples who have decided to do a first look, the grooms were not fans of it at first. However, because they have never experienced their wedding day before, they didn’t know how nerve racking it can be. As soon as he steps out to the front of the ceremony site he will be faced with ALL your guests… without you. They will all be intently watching him because they have their own expectations and are anticipating his reaction as well. It’s the farthest thing from a private, intimate moment and with all those nerves, his reaction may not be freely expressed like you were hoping for.
If you decide to have a first look, it may become your favourite part of your Wedding Day!!