First looks are da bomb! However, not all couples want a First Look, and that’s A-okay! but it is one of the topics I ask about early on in the planning process.
As early as the consultation, we start talking about your wedding day timeline, including the possibility of including a First Look into your day. You may be wondering why so early? I mean… the wedding day isn’t for another 12-18 months. Soooo…. Why talk about the wedding timeline now? Well… you actually wanna start thinking about the portraits AND the overall timeline of your day as SOON as you start planning so you can choose a good ceremony and reception start times. Opening up and discussing this topic early on helps you understand not only how much time may be needed, but why that much time is needed.
The truth is, I’m a no pressure kinda gal. I’m never going to pressure anyone into doing what isn’t right for them. Having a First Look is a personal decision, and I leave the final say up to my couples. That said- I will offer professional advice based on years of experience, and give different scenario examples so that you can visualize what is right for you and your wedding. This post is about the different options and the pros/cons of each.
More and more brides and grooms are opting for a First Look and getting your images taken before the ceremony can have many benefits.
If you’re getting married in the late fall or winter and have scheduled your ceremony for the late afternoon, it may be the ONLY way we can do portraits. The sun sets much earlier around this time, which isn’t something most brides think about when planning their ceremony time. I would suggest looking up what time the sun will be setting on your wedding day. This can help determine what time you want to have your ceremony. Knowing this information will play a key factor in ensuring we have enough time and light to get all those amazing pictures you want.
You do not see each other before the ceremony and the first time you see each other is when the Bride is walking down the aisle.
Like I said above- it’s a personal decision and not one that I would ever push anyone into. Though I do feel First Looks help me do the very best job, and a decision that helps me give my brides and grooms the kinds of images they’re dreaming of!
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