A month or so before my clients’ wedding, we have a 15-20 minute phone conversation where we go over their timeline and any other concerns/questions. One thing I’m always sure to ask them (if I haven’t already) is if they'll be doing a “first look”.
It seems as though back in our parents’ generation, a “first look” was rarely heard of.
However in today’s say and age, the first look began to trend.
I love seeing how couples’ customize their day.
I truly believe that there is no right or wrong answer to if you should do a first look or not.
With that being said, as a professional, I would like to lend insight of what I find useful from a photographer’s perspective.
A First Look is Useful when…
-You have a later ceremony time (say 5pm) and the reception soon follows (you’d be surprise at how fast 6:30 sneaks up)
-You have quite a few people you’d like to be included in your photos, esp. formals :)
-Allows the two of you to spend a quiet moment together before the ceremony and get that “Wow!” reveal reaction
Ideas if You Don’t Wish to See Each Other Before
-Exchange notes, a letter, a gift
-This could potentially be done while being close in proximity yet not in view of each other such as reading the letters around the corner from one another (allows for a great photo op too!)
Here is my favorite advice I’ve been told about weddings and I will pass it on to you:
It’s your wedding day, not mine. It’s not about what I want, it’s about the couple and what they want.
Whatever you’d like to do, we will make it work and I’ll be there to capture it all.
However, speaking from experience and having photo proof, know that even if your partner has seen you before the ceremony, at the altar they’ll still be looking at you in complete awe and pure happiness.