First looks have easily become one of the most beneficial “modern” additions to a wedding day. Tradition has it that typically a bride & groom would see each other as they walked down the aisle, however nowadays, seeing one another BEFORE the ceremony has become fairly popular. I often tell people that if they want the work they see in my portfolio, I need time, and a good amount of it. First looks impact this greatly. Not convinced? Here are a few more points why I love them:
1) On average, you get to spend about 4-5 hours MORE with your significant other on your wedding day (that’s huge!)
2) First looks are almost ALWAYS more emotional and meaningful than seeing each other down the aisle (afraid you’ll miss that “epic moment” down the aisle? I’d say 99% of my couples STILL got choked up walking
down the aisle even though they saw one another...Music & having people present = all the feels.)
3) They allow you to enjoy time with your friends during cocktail hour because we aren’t scrambling for photos. Bring on the apps and drinks and go mingle!
4) We aren’t rushed to do your portraits, family portraits, AND bridal party during cocktail hour (not rushed = better photos).
5) You’d likely not need to add more time to your already packed schedule to accommodate more portrait time.
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In all, I won’t force any of my couples to do a first look, but I often encourage it for many other reasons besides just getting “more portraits”. It really does make things run very smoothly and I’d be sad if you didn’t at least consider it.