A first look on your wedding day is a way to make the whole wedding experience even more magical and special! It gives you and your partner some time to yourselves to just be in the moment.
For those that don’t know, a “first look” is when a couple sees each other for the first time on their special day prior to walking down the aisle. The bride and groom are each taken to separate locations and then have their first look at each other when they meet up again in person.
The thought of seeing your soon-to-be spouse for the first time on your wedding day can be incredibly exciting – but it can also be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re not used to having someone else around taking photos! Luckily, having a first look allows couples to practice being together in front of others without being in a stressful environment. Plus, it gives them some much needed alone time that they wouldn’t get otherwise.
There are tangible benefits to having a first look as well. Logistically speaking, it allows for photos to be taken much earlier in the day so that you won’t miss out on any precious moments with family or friends later on – plus you will have plenty of time for any additional portraiture that you might want taken by your photographer. Additionally, since the moment has already happened earlier in the day (and been documented), couples can relax much more during their walk down the aisle since they’ll already have experienced one major emotional moment together!
Finally – and this is perhaps one of the most valuable parts of having a first look – it allows you two some intimate moments away from all of your friends and family. It’s such a special feeling. No matter how large or small your wedding may be, these are precious moments with just the two of you.
So if you’ve been considering having a first look at your wedding but weren’t sure, we definitely recommend it! It typically ends up being one of the most cherished moments of the whole day!
Also, we do understand that some couples will prefer to not see each other at all before the ceremony. And that’s OK too! A good planner and photographer will work with your schedule and still ensure that your day is perfect!
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