It’s getting warmer, days are getting longer, and wedding season is just around the corner. For all the brides (and grooms) to be this is the time to be making the final decisions for the big day. I’m sure by now you have picked out the venue, the flowers, and the cake…and hopefully the wedding photographer, if not I can make a great recommendation hint its David Alexander Photography…but have you considered whether or not you will do a first look?
What is a first look you may ask…a first look is when the bride and groom have a moment alone (well mostly alone, usually the photographer is taking pictures) to see each other for the first time before the ceremony.
Deciding on doing a first look is a big decision. Ultimately the couple should do what feels right to them and what makes that moment when the first see each other for the first time the most special. When deciding whether or not to do a first look, here are a few pros and cons you may want to consider.
1) Seeing each other for the first time is definitely more intimate when all your friends and family aren’t watching. It gives you time to be alone and just enjoy the moment together.
2) A first look gives you an opportunity to be together before the wedding, which I am sure eases the wedding day nerves.
3) The photographs will be adorable! I mean seriously, have you ever seen a first look photo that didn’t make you say “awwww”.
4) The photographer will be able to take most, if not all, of the posed pictures before the ceremony so afterwards you are free to enjoy the reception with your guests.
1) I think the biggest con, and this won’t be a problem for everyone, is that it isn’t traditional. If you have always dreamed of that moment when the doors open and you see your groom at the end of the isle or if you think it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding then a first look probably isn’t for you.
2) If you are nervous before the wedding it can show up in your pictures.
3) As a very experienced wedding goer I can tell you that the time immediately following the ceremony is when the couple is at their absolute sweetest. All the pressure is off and the couple is unbelievably happy. You may not have as many photos in these moments if you did most of the posed photos before the ceremony.
Not sure a first look is for you but still want pre wedding photos together? Consider a photo with each of you on opposite sides of the door or maybe a photo of you both blindfolded or back to back. Again, when deciding how you want to handle pre-wedding photos it really comes down to what you will be happiest with.
What do you think? Will you have a first look?
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