Should you consider a "First Look"
It is an old tradition that the bride and groom should not see one another before the ceremony. However many couples are putting aside this age old tradition in favour of a “first look”.
So should you consider a first look? What benefits are there when choosing a first look over the standard tradition?
Ease your nerves
For some people the thought of walking up the aisle can be a little unnerving. Getting to see your partner beforehand and sharing a few minutes with each other is not only incredibly special, but also an amazing way to ease your nerves. Naturally you both will feel excited and/or nervous to see your partner for the first time. But sharing that moment in private allows you to move at your own pace and gives you time together where you both can talk and relax without interruptions. Afterwards the thought of walking down the aisle should be a little less daunting.
Look & feel natural
Seeing your partner for the first time creates beautifully raw emotions. Not only that, but they are always true and honest. Your nervousness as you walk up, your partners anticipation and excitement waiting to see you for the first time. These are moments that the camera loves. Of course I always try my best to give the couple space and to let them enjoy their special moment together. But while the two of you are getting lost in the moment, I will be quietly taking photos, capturing your smiles, your laughter or even your tears of joy.
More time to enjoy your wedding
Your wedding day will go by so fast. Things always happening and it can be hard to take it all in. So if a first look is planned, I will try and do the couple portraits straight after the first look. It’s the perfect opportunity to take some beautiful portraits while both you and your partner are more relaxed. But one big advantage is that it leaves you with more time to spend with your guests and family, which in turn will create more photo opportunities.
If you are interested in doing a first look, you should consider the following as the structure of the day is slightly different from a standard wedding.
Be ready early
Generally speaking, the bride will be the last person to get her hair and make up done. However you might want to consider getting your hair and make up done first.
Plan the day wisely
The first look itself doesn’t last too long. Just a few minutes. But we will also be doing the portraits straight afterwards so 20 to 30 minutes should be put aside for the first look & portraits. You also need to take into account travel time to the location.
Choosing a location
Choosing the location is quite important. Most people end up choosing some place close to them or the venue. But if you are the adventurous type, just be sure to take into account the terrain. The last thing you want is to get your dress dirty or wet.
I will always suggest a first look as I think they are amazing. But I will never push it onto the couple.
If you do decide to go with a first look just remember one thing. Enjoy yourself.
Your wedding day will pass by quickly, so take the time to enjoy the moment with your partner. After all, this day is about the two of you on your journey together.