The Wedding day First Look: What and Why

Let’s talk about the first look for a moment. If you’re not familiar with what they are, quite simply, they are an opportunity for you and your partner to see each other in your wedding day attire for the first time in a more intimate setting before the ceremony. Below we’re going to discuss a few reasons why you may want to consider incorporating one into your wedding day plan. Alright, so here are five reasons to consider a first look for your wedding day!

1. A Private Moment Together

Despite the months or even years of planning leading up to their day, so many couples feel as though their wedding passed in a complete blur. In addition to being a fast paced day full of activities, you’ll find yourself surrounded by others pretty much the entire day without many moments of privacy.

A first look can provide an opportunity for everything to slow down for a few minutes and allow you to take each other in and enjoy the moment in private. Seeing each other for the first time outside of the ceremony gives you the chance tell you partner exactly how you feel and experience the moment authentically without a room full of eyes on you.

2. Double the Excitement and Anticipation

One hesitation that I hear from many grooms is that they want to feel that anticipation and excitement of seeing their bride for the first time as they walk down the aisle. However, many of the grooms I spoken to who chose a first look have said they didn’t feel as though it took away from that moment. Instead, they talk about how they still felt an excitement and anticipation to finally get to marry their love.

3. Feeling Fresh

Since the first look is typically just after finishing getting ready, you will be looking and feeling your best. This will allow you to be more at ease and less self conscious during portraits. Some of the best portraits from the entire wedding day often come from this short portrait session. Additionally a first look usually means that you’ll have more photos overall at the end of the day.

4. You’ll Get Your Cocktail Hour Back

When a first look is planned for your day it’s also common to do group photos with your family and/or bridal party immediately after. This then allows you to spend you cocktail hour mingling with friends and family instead of taking photos. This reason along is often a great reason to incorporate a first look into your wedding day.

5. Winter Weddings

Winter wedding dates are big reasons to consider a first look for your day. That’s because it gets darker so much sooner than other times of the year and you’re going to want some photos while it’s still daytime. This is the best way to ensure you get most of your important photos taken with good quality light.

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