As a wedding photographer, I've had the opportunity to capture many special moments between couples on their big day. One of the most intimate and emotional moments that I've had the pleasure of capturing is the "first look." A first look is a private moment between the couple before the ceremony where they see each other for the first time on their wedding day. I'd say about 99% of all of our couples choose to do a first look.
Here are the top reasons why you should consider doing a first look before your wedding ceremony:
1. A first look allows for more time for portraits.
One of the main benefits of doing a first look is that it allows for more time for portraits. This is especially important if you have a tight schedule or if your ceremony and reception are at the same location. By doing a first look, you'll have more time to take beautiful, intimate photos with your partner before the ceremony.
2. It allows you to relax and enjoy your day
Doing a first look before the ceremony can also help you relax and enjoy your day. Seeing each other before the ceremony can help to alleviate any nerves or anxiety you may have. Additionally, it can also be a great opportunity to have a private moment together before the hustle and bustle of the wedding day begins.
3. Capturing the emotional moment
A first look is an emotional moment that you'll want to remember forever. Seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day is a special moment that you'll treasure forever. Your photographer will be able to capture the emotions and the raw moment of you seeing each other for the first time.
4. Flexibility in scheduling
By doing a first look, you'll also have more flexibility in scheduling. This means that you can schedule your ceremony and reception at a time that's convenient for you and your guests, rather than being constrained by the need to take photographs after the ceremony.
5. It's unique and will make your wedding stand out
A first look is a unique and intimate moment that will make your wedding stand out. It's an opportunity to capture a special and personal moment between you and your partner, which you'll be able to look back on and treasure for years to come.
In conclusion, doing a first look before the wedding ceremony can be a great way to make the most of your wedding day. It allows you to relax and enjoy your day, capture an emotional moment, have more time for portraits, schedule your wedding more flexibly and make your wedding stand out. However, it's ultimately a personal decision and depends on what you and your partner are comfortable with. Be sure to discuss it with your photographer to ensure they can capture the moment in the best possible way.
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