This is a question that most couples will be faced with during the planning process. Should you do a first look photo or wait for the groom to see you for the first time when you walk down the aisle.
It’s a tough question and the answer will impact your schedule for the entire day.
I am a huge promoter of doing a first look photo, as are most photographers I work with on a regular basis. Traditionalists will say that that’s not how it’s supposed to be but let me tell you why I support the first look. Side note – I did not do a first look at my wedding 6 ½ years ago but if I could go back and do it again, I would definitely do it!
First, it gives you and your fiance a moment that you will NEVER have again. You can hug, kiss and talk to each other and get all of the emotion out. The images captured by your photographer will be priceless and you’ll relive that moment over and over each time you look at them.
Second, now that the anticipation of the big reveal is over you can take a big sigh of relief and really be in the moment as you walk down the aisle. I think that this walk can be clouded with emotion and you will miss the little things as you take that walk down the aisle.
Third, you will have a considerable amount of time to take photos (without having to schedule a big gap of time in-between events). Now that you have more time for photos, you’ll have probably around 40%-50% more photos are that are better more photos because you weren’t rushing to take them.
You’ll have the option to mingle with your guests for a few minutes in cocktail hour or you and your fiance can steal a few more minutes for a few additional portraits.
I just had this conversation yesterday with a client and her mom. Mom was originally opposed to this idea but after hearing the above reasons and really understanding them she understood why it might be a good idea for the bride and her fiance to do this.
Check out what some brides said on our Style Me Pretty feature last month on this subject here! What will you choose to do on your wedding day?
Photography: C Studios, AMANDA JULCA