WHAT IS A FIRST LOOK?
The 'first look' is when a couple sees each other on their wedding day before their ceremony. Usually the couple is alone, but I have also seen family and/or wedding parties join them. This is the time that get those formal photos of the couple and their wedding party.
WHY HAVE A FIRST LOOK?
There are so many reasons to love the first look! First of all, we get all of those formal wedding photos while hair, makeup and outfits are looking sharp. Second, when things are running a little late during the wedding day, we are not forced to pull back time for portraits (which is often the case). Third, the couple can move right from the ceremony to the reception. This is very important for those couples whose priority is being the best hosts that they can be.
WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT THE FIRST LOOK
Those moments when it's just the couple, allowing themselves to feel and react with vulnerability and without the fear of an audience, is a very precious and rare thing. As a bride who did the first look, I can honestly say that it was my favourite and most memorable part of the wedding day.
WILL THE FIRST LOOK AFFECT HOW WE FEEL DURING THE CEREMONY?
Not at all. If anything, it will help you through any nervousness and anxiety that you may be feeling on the morning of your wedding. In fact, every couple that I've worked with who opted for the first look, have also cried throughout the ceremony!
SHOULD WE DO A FIRST LOOK?
You are the only person who can answer this. My best advice is that you do your day, your way. Your wedding photos are going to be amazing no matter what you choose!
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