All About First Looks and Why We Love Them
If you haven’t heard the term before, a first look is a time before the ceremony where you see each other, just the two of you, for the first time. It’s a really sweet moment, and we absolutely love them! There’s something about having time together without the pressure of eyes on you or the immediacy of the actual ceremony that can be really comforting and reassuring. Seeing the emotion that springs up is really special.
There’s another big reason why first looks are great – usually, we’ll plan to time things so that after the first look, there is time to do a big portion of the more “formal” photos of the day – photos of the two of you, wedding party, and sometimes family. Scheduling things this way allows more time for a greater variety of photos (including fun wedding party setups!), sometimes more photo locations, and even more variety when it comes to what time of day you can have photos done (which can be helpful if we need to work around rain!!). We definitely recommend first looks if you are really excited about a lot of different photos with your wedding party.
Last, but certainly not least, doing a first look also makes it so that you can attend part of cocktail hour after the ceremony and spend more time with your guests!! It adds flexibility into your day, and lets you relax a bit after the ceremony.
First looks are definitely becoming more popular as couples consider what’s most important to them on their day, and worry less about tradition. Of course, there’s something magical about seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony too, so there’s really no wrong choice here! As always, our ultimate advice is to do what will make YOU happy :)