Your first look is an amazing part of your wedding day! If you aren’t sure about this tradition, the next few paragraphs will explain why it would be a romantic addition to your wedding day celebration that not only adds to the experience but also reduces stress. Please know that we would never want any of our couples to feel pressured to go with this option. However, we do want to make sure that we share all of the benefits of a first look, because there is a reason most of our couples do this and LOVE it!
First looks are AWESOME! However, not everyone is aware of how awesome they are, because they get caught up in how “non-traditional” it is, and they immediately write it off. Most Brides want a REACTION….They want their groom to be so surprised and overcome with joy when walking down the aisle that he bawls at the first sight of them! Isn’t that EVERY girl’s dream? Who doesn’t want that reaction? Most guys can be self-conscious about crying in front of others. First looks give both of you that intimate moment of privacy to just let go and feel what you are going to feel.
There are multiple reasons a first look is worth it. For starters, you’re investing a lot into your wedding photography. With a first look, you’ll receive 30% MORE portraits of the two of you… and those are the images you will decorate your first home with! With a first look, you make the most out of this large investment and get the most for your money.
You actually get to have intimate time on your wedding day with your man. Most brides don’t realize that when you come down the aisle and totally SHOCK him with your gorgeousness… he can’t even tell you how amazing you look. He can’t touch you, embrace you or even SPEAK to you. You have to wait until 30 minutes later when the ceremony is over for him to react and tell you how amazing you look. And after 30 minutes of the ceremony, the reaction isn’t the same as the initial first glance.
First Looks allow you to extend your wedding day. Normally the wedding day would start when you come down the aisle, then the ceremony would end, you would rush through portraits so that you’re not late for the introductions and then it’s reception time. With a first look, your wedding day is extended by almost 3 hours! Instead of being rushed for your bridal party portraits…you actually get to enjoy them and have fun hanging out with your BEST friends on your wedding day.
First Looks allow you to be TOGETHER and alone on your wedding day. Normally portraits are a little rushed after the family formals, and it can be hard to really get back into that “lovey dovey” mode…. especially with family around! When you have just shared your first look, you’re READY to love on each other, and I always capture some super sweet images during those moments!
You get rid of your nerves! I’d say, literally 1/2 of my couples who have decided to do a first look, the grooms were not fans of it at first. However, because they have never experienced their wedding day before, they didn’t know how nerve racking it can be.
Again, my clients are not required to do a First Look by any means! It is your day and I only share this because I want the BEST for my couples!! It’s totally ok if couples choose not to share a first look! I just want to make sure you know all your options and choose what works for you. Looking forward to talking to you and seeing how your day can be the most enjoyable!
All the best,