Wedding Day Tips

The Advantages of a First Look

A first look is a moment during a wedding day when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. It is an intimate moment that has become increasingly popular in recent years. While we always respect a couple’s wishes as to whether or not they want to do a first look, after over 10 years of shooting weddings, we’ve seen time and time again how a first look on your wedding day can bring a lot of advantages and benefits to your special day.

  1. Emotional Intimacy: A first look allows the bride and groom to have a private moment together before the ceremony. This can be a special and emotional moment, and a great way for the couple to calm their nerves before the big day. It’s a chance for the couple to take a deep breath, hold each other and take in the moment before the whirlwind of the wedding day begins.
  2. Time Management: Having a first look can also be a great way to get some of the formal photographs out of the way before the ceremony. This can free up more time for the couple to spend with their guests during the reception. It also allows the couple to take more relaxed and candid photographs before the ceremony, rather than feeling rushed to take photographs between the ceremony and reception.
  3. Personality and Interests: A first look can also be a great way to incorporate the couple’s personality and interests into the wedding. For example, if the couple loves nature, they can have a first look in a beautiful outdoor setting. It’s an opportunity to make the wedding more personal and meaningful, and to reflect the couple’s unique personalities and interests.
  4. Flexibility: Doing a first look also allows for more flexibility in the wedding day schedule. It’s possible to schedule the ceremony at a time that’s most convenient for the couple and their guests, rather than feeling constrained to a particular time of day to ensure the best light for photographs.
  5. Stress-Free: A first look can also help to reduce stress on the wedding day. The couple can have a more relaxed and enjoyable time together before the ceremony, knowing that they have already seen each other and taken some of the formal photographs. This can help the couple to focus on enjoying the moment rather than worrying about the schedule.

In conclusion, a first look on your wedding day can bring many advantages, from emotional intimacy to time management and stress-free. It’s an opportunity for the couple to make the wedding more personal and meaningful, and to reflect the couple’s unique personalities and interests. Ultimately, the decision is a personal one, but it’s worth considering the benefits of doing a first look on your special day.

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