7 REASONS THE "FIRST LOOK" IS THE NEWEST WEDDING TRADITION
If you're asking yourself, what on earth is a first look, allow me to explain! It's a simple way of describing the moment when the bride and groom first see each other on their wedding day. It happens BEFORE the ceremony and kicks the day off! Let me tell you, IT. IS. AMAZING!
Often brides are unsure if they want to break traditions and see each other before the ceremony. Let me assure you, this is the new tradition and it is here to stay! There are so many incredible benefits to doing a first look and I am excited to share them with you guys!
1. IT'S INTIMATE, ROMANTIC, AND FUN!
What more could you ask for on your wedding day than it to be full of romance as the two of you celebrate one of the biggest days of your lives! The first look allows the couple time to be alone and together. This part is crucial, because on a day when family and friends are competing for your attention, this allows you time to talk, cry, hold each other, and giddy laugh because you're marrying your best friend! You cannot do that if you don't see each other until you walk down the aisle. As a photographer, I have the wonderful honor of witnessing these moments over and over. I'm usually off to the side wiping tears and smiling behind my camera like a goober because these moments are always incredible and I'll never grow tired of capturing them!
2. IT'S CALMING
If you're worried that you'll be nervous, which is normal and okay, the first look can completely eliminate those nerves! On a normal day, if you're anxious, who do you look to to calm you and give you a secure hug? I'm guessing it's the person you want to marry! So why should it be any different on your wedding day?! Let each other be the calm before a very long and exciting day!
3. YOU GET TO SPEND MORE TIME TOGETHER
Today is about YOU TWO! When you wait to see each other until the ceremony, you've lost almost the entire day being separated and hidden from each other. Having a first look means that your wedding day was actually spent together! This alone sold me on doing a first look with my husband! Why would I NOT want to see him? I love the man and I want to be excited about OUR day TOGETHER!
4. LESS RISK AND BETTER PHOTOS
As a photographer, my main goal is to capture your wedding in the most beautiful way possible! When we do the first look, it allows me time to find the best lighting, the most gorgeous location, and he/she can utilize your venue in the best way possible! This also means that if there is poor weather in the forecast, I can plan around it prior to the ceremony. Without a first look, you run the risk of not having ideal lighting or backgrounds for your portraits since there is a very specific timeframe for portraits. For the wedding below, we were able to do all of the portraits before the wedding AND take about 5 minutes for more portraits during sunset with no rush or obligation! The best of both worlds!
5. SLOW YOUR DAY DOWN
If you're planning a wedding, it's probable that at least one person has told you, "Take it all in, it goes by fast!" That is so very true! A wedding is a very fast experience and it's just one more pro to doing a first look! Having more time together slows the day down! We aren't having to rush photos and we can take our time and have fun! The last thing you want it to be rushed and stressed on your wedding day and the first look can help with that!
7. THE FIRST LOOK ADDS TO YOUR MEMORIES
I often hear from couples who are on the fence about doing a first look that they are worried it will take away from the big moment of walking down the aisle. I'm happy to report that not only does it not take away, but it ADDS to those special moments on your big day! When you don't see each other until the big walk down the aisle, you're sharing that intimate and exciting moment with everyone, it's no longer just the two of you. I often see brides opt out of the first look and then be disappointed when the groom didn't have the reaction she hoped for because he was too nervous to be emotional in front of all of their guests. Nerves are real, y'all! Do yourselves a favor and calm your nerves by seeing each other before. (Also, almost every groom that has done the first look still cries. It's just as special, if not more!) Walking down the aisle is a HUGE moment. And seeing each other before doesn't take away from that one bit!
7. MORE TIME TO CELEBRATE WITH YOUR GUESTS
Portraits and all of the details in between can take hours. When you decide not to do a first look, all of your bride and groom portraits, wedding party, and family portraits have to happen directly after the ceremony. You're probably thinking to yourself, "that sounds like a lot of photos!" And you are right! Unfortunately, your guests will spend at least an hour waiting for you to enter your own reception.
After you're married, all you want to do is celebrate with your guests, and that's exactly what you should be able to do! The first look allows for immediate celebration because all of the portraits are finished prior to the ceremony. Whoo-hoo! You can eat, party, and have the time of your life as you celebrate being a newlywed!