Reason # 1 — It calms your nerves!
It can be pretty nerve wrecking to get all fancied up for hours and hours and spend all day without seeing your groom/bride. First looks are a great way to settle those nerves and get excited about marrying your best friend!
Reason # 2 — Gives you an opportunity to slow down and enjoy each other
This is the main reason why I LOVE first looks. Wedding days honestly do go by SO fast so this is a special set apart time to just breathe and remind each other why you are having a wedding in the first place: each other! It’s so easy to get focused on the external things like making sure everyone is dressed properly and there’s flowers on every table and oh, aunt Mabel has a seat in the shade. You are having a wedding because you are madly in love with your bride/groom and a first look allows you to slow down and remind yourself of that!
Reason # 3 — More time with guests during the reception!
Since you’ll be able to slow down for a bit before the day starts with your partner, you’ll have more time to devote your attention to your guests during your reception knowing that you already had some special moments beforehand. No one gets left out and everyone wins!
Reason # 4 — More time for photos!
I typically am able to get all of the “staged” photos out of the way before the ceremony even starts which means more fun time to eat, dance, and party with your new spouse and all those guests! If you are having a winter ceremony, you will want natural light photos which is something to keep in mind!
Contact me for more information on shooting your wedding day! Regardless of whether or not you want a first look, weddings are my faaaaaavorite so let’s do it!