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There is no pressure to do one... However, there are so many benefits and reasons why many of my couples do opt for one!
So you might be asking... what is a first look?! Well, let me tell you! A first look is when the bride and groom arrange a private time to see each other before the ceremony. The only people present will be the two of you and your photographers and videographers! There are so many incredible benefits of doing one!!
Although I love this so much, I also always encourage my couples to do whatever they want to do. Because at the end of the day, it's their wedding, and what they prefer matters the absolute most! So although, I love it so much, I do want their day to go however they envision. This is just meant to help you decide whether its right for you and why I recommend it so much!
BENEFITS OF A FIRST LOOK
YOUR ONLY ALONE TIME
Throughout the chaos of a wedding day, it will be very likely be your ONLY alone time! It allows you to have a chance to talk and enjoy hanging out with each other. Groom, you get to tell your bride just how beautiful she looks as soon as you see her! You get to extend your day together by 2-3 hours.
FRESH HAIR AND MAKEUP
My brides love this because your hair and makeup is totally fresh for all of your portraits. You dont have to worry about touching up before photos because you just has you hair and makeup done! Your bridesmaids will love you for this as well.
MORE PORTRAITS IN YOUR FINAL GALLERY
With a first look, you can enjoy taking all of your wedding portraits and not feel rushed. Plus, you'll receive more variety in your portraits because of the extra time! It makes taking photos a lot more enjoyable because you aren't tryin to squeeze them all in!
FATHER/DAUGHTER FIRST LOOK
If you and your dad are especially close, a father daughter first look is one of the sweetest things you can do with your dad. It gives him the opportunity to see you and your whole look before everything gets crazy, and a special time for you to connect. These easily become one of my favorite parts from past weddings because they are so emotional and sweet! You'll be surprised at how emotional your dad gets when he sees you for the first time. If you want this in your timeline, let me know so we can add in an extra 10 minutes to make this happen!
LOGISTICALLY. IT'S A DREAM!
You can finish the majority of your wedding photos before the ceremony even begins. We will jump right into bride and groom + bridal party photos after the first look! This means no long cocktail hours with guests waiting on us to finish taking photos!
IT DIMINISHES NERVES
So many couples say their nerves went away after they saw each other! It helps you to feel more relaxed and make the ceremony more enjoyable. Plus, you'll probably remember your ceremony better because you weren't so nervous. The whole thing would probably be a blur otherwise!
YOU CAN ENJOY COCKTAIL HOUR
Once we do family formals directly after the ceremony, you can actually go enjoy cocktail hour or start the reception! If any of your bridal party aren't family members, they get o enjoy all of cocktail hour!
BRIDESMAIDS FIRST LOOK
A first look with bridesmaids has become one of my favorite things on wedding days!! Especially if most of your girls haven't seen your dress yet, it's the perfect way to show it to them nd to capture their priceless reactions at the same time. It typically only takes about 10 minutes during the getting ready portion of the day. The only challenge is making sure every-one is dressed and put together by the time you have your dress on, so good communication with your girlfriend's is a must if you want to add this into your timeline!