If you are planning a wedding, I am sure the thought of doing a first look has crossed your mind. The debate between seeing your partner before the ceremony or waiting until the ceremony to see one another can be taunting. Which is the right choice?
Before I go any further, let me explain what a first look is. A first look is a new and modern trend where the couple has the opportunity to see one another before the wedding ceremony. One person is usually positioned looking away out over the golf course, by the willow trees , or someplace with a beautiful back drop. Then, their partner will meet them and they see each other for the first time on their wedding day. This very intimate and highly anticipated moment is captured by the photographer and videographer. Photographers usually “tell the story” by capturing photos of one partner approaching the other, and then both of their expressions are captured as they see each other for the first time simultaneously. Sure, its superstition that it is bad luck to see one another before the ceremony. Even non superstitious couples wrangle with the idea of having a first look. However, many couples are beginning to understand the benefits.
A major perk of a first look is the time management benefits. The photographer can complete the portrait sessions before the ceremony – this includes pictures of the couple, wedding party, and family pictures. It often allows for much flexibility and gives you more options with the wedding day timeline and photo opportunities. And since most of the pictures are already completed, the couple can attend some, if not all, of their cocktail hour.
Of course the time that is saved because of a first look is a very nice benefit. But in my opinion, there is a greater reason why a first look is a wonderful idea. When you see your loved one before the ceremony, you are immersed into a very emotional moment in a way that you can’t experience at a ceremony. You can enjoy this time privately and really connect in a meaningful way. This results in some amazing and genuine photos. Check out some examples below.