The “first look” is a growing trend in wedding photography. Couples meet before the ceremony to share a private moment together before the wedding festivities begin, and the photographer captures the moment in a gorgeous array of photos that can be treasured for a lifetime.
While some traditionalists prefer waiting until the alter to see each other on their big day, having a first look can be just as special—and much more personal. Having a first look before the ceremony provides an intimate, emotional moment for the both of you, allowing you to prepare for the life-changing moment you are about to share in front of your family and friends.
Here are four reasons why you should consider a first look on your wedding day:
A first look allows you to get rid of some of those wedding day jitters—because you’re seeing your love privately before the ceremony
As you likely already know from planning your wedding, weddings can bring on a lot of anxiety. This is especially true for introverted people and couples who are having a large wedding. You can easily cure some of those wedding day jitters by taking a private moment alone together before the ceremony.
Doing the first look and family formals before the ceremony means you’ll be able to get the pictures out of the way
Another excellent benefit of having a first look is that you can get the formal photos out of the way prior to the ceremony. If you choose to wait until the ceremony to see each other, you are pressured to fit all the formals into a short time span before the reception begins. And, you are also oftentimes racing a setting sun to get these photos in!
Time to party with your guests: a first look before the ceremony means you’ll be able to join the cocktail hour
After the ceremony, it’s time to celebrate! By getting the formals out of the way, you have the opportunity to join your guests at the cocktail hour. This makes for a much more relaxed evening, as you have plenty of time to personally thank your guests for helping you celebrate your special day, rather than cramming that all in after the dinner service.
The photos are beautiful!
Lastly, you will have an intimate moment captured on camera to serve as a sentimental reminder for a lifetime. First look photoshoots are beautiful and sweet, and by capturing the raw emotion you share with each other, you will be able to recall all the adrenaline and feelings you shared in the moment just by looking back on the photos.
Planning your first look
If you and your future spouse are interested in a first look, discuss your plans with your wedding photographer to make sure the essence of the moment is perfectly captured. Your first look, just like your engagement photos, should reveal your personalities and be unique to you as a couple.