First looks (and the complete guide to why you need one!)
They’re new, they’re different, and no one knows quite if this is going to work for them or how to pull it off.
The traditional first look walking down the aisle has a sweetness and tenderness that can’t be denied and it’s totally okay if it’s your heart’s desire. But first looks also have so much emotion and togetherness that it is hard to beat.
Let’s talk about why a first look should be considered in your wedding planning. Here are my top 3 reasons why a first look is the BEST.
1.) A first look allows you to be together the WHOLE day. What if your ceremony isn’t until 7pm? That’s a longgg day of nerves and waiting without being near your partner. Being with your soon to be husband or wife throughout the process of getting ready, eating meals, and being with friends and family until the ceremony is so special.
2.) It works better for vendors. It allows all of the formal portraits, bridal portraits, and group photos to be done at the same time before the ceremony which helps immensely when trying to work out a timeline for your day. It also allows you to cut back on the amount of time your photographers and videographers have to be there as you don’t have as much travel time. Bonus: your day isn’t stretched out for hours in between getting ready and the reception and everything can be more central to you guys being together. (AKA: you save money and less stress!!)
3.) The flow is better for your guests. Have you ever been to a wedding as a guest where the ceremony was 8 hours before the reception? How did you feel about it? Don’t get me wrong it’s totally doable, but while thinking of the flow of your wedding and about your guests, consider their time as well. Doing a first look = photos done before the ceremony = a seamless flow into the reception right after the ceremony. Which means guests don’t have to leave and come back. Then there is a better chance more people will party with you at the reception for longer!
Now, how to pull off that perfect first look without a hitch!! 😉
Choose a location where the groom can easily turn around and the bride can walk up behind him. Or, where there is a super easy place for him to hide such as around a corner or on the opposite side of a door.
There are a number of ways that the bride can touch, talk to or let the groom know she’s there and ready for him to see her. My personal favorites are a hand on the shoulder, a hug from behind, or her holding her hands over his eyes before he turns around.
Always take a few seconds to take everything in before you go into shooting bridal portraits. Hug your person, take them in. Look at every detail of their outfit and their face. It’s going to be a big day, so don’t rush through this moment.
And there you have it!!
First looks are nothing short of magical and deserve a good thought while planning out your wedding day.
If you have any questions for me feel free to drop a comment or send me an email!! <3
(that’s me below!!)