I believe an important decision that brides and grooms must make as they near their wedding day is whether or not to do a First Look. A First Look, for those who are unaware, is a staged moment before the wedding ceremony when the bride and groom see each other for the first time. Traditionally, brides and grooms first sight of each other was not until the bride walked down the aisle. Today however, more and more couples are opting for a First Look shoot. So why is it beneficial to choose the non-traditional option?
Special Moment – A First Look is definitely an emotional moment between a bride and groom. For many of us, it is easier to experience this vulnerability when you are alone together and don’t have all of your wedding guests watching every move. The photos that come out of a First Look are typically beautiful and uninhibited, something you cannot get if you are in the middle of your wedding ceremony. It gives the couple time beforehand to let the wedding be about them rather than not being able to have an actual moment alone until after the ceremony.
Timing – Having a time slot allocated for taking pictures before the wedding can free up a lot of time later on in the day. This way you do not feel as rushed after the ceremony and are able to attend the cocktail hour so you can spend more time having fun with your friends and family. On top of that, who doesn’t want their photos taken when their hair and makeup is the most fresh?
Forecast – Weather conditions can play a large factor in any wedding, particularly in South Florida. If it were to rain on your wedding day, it is best to have a time before the ceremony to take photos in case weather is expected to be unfavorable later on. As well, most weddings occur in the evening. In order to benefit from natural lighting, it is best to get your photos taken early on in the day.
Nerves – No matter how prepared you are for your wedding day, it is common to feel nervous beforehand. Anxiety stems not only from the big moment that is coming up but also worrying about if the planning and logistics will run smoothly. The optimum way of preventing those nerves is through the hiring of a wedding planner, and having a First Look shoot will alleviate them even more. My brides have often said that being able to see their groom prior to the ceremony puts both of them at ease, allowing for a much more enjoyable experience.
As you can see, it is evident that First Look photos are becoming the more common option for wedding day photography; brides that opt for the First Look are rarely ever disappointed And do not be afraid of missing out on that special moment as you walk down the aisle. My brides have said that by doing the First Look shoot, they are able to truly enjoy the experience of walking down the aisle and becoming a couple. Isn’t it better to relish in both of these memorable experiences rather than just one?
Photographer: Gonzalo Villota