5 Reasons to Consider a ‘First Look’

Nov 05, 2020 | Planning

What is a 'First Look' you might wonder? A 'First Look' is when you set aside time in your wedding day specifically for an intimate moment with you and your fiance to be the first ones to see each other! Your photographer and videographer will capture these reactions and special intimate moments when you see each other for the first time. It is done prior to the ceremony and results in some of the day's most romantic and sweet imagery! We're lucky to have Fine Art Curation member Belinda Jean Photography here today with her Top 5 reasons why you should consider a First Look...

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1. HAIR, MAKE UP & FLORALS ARE FRESH!

This is SO important especially for summer weddings, rainy weddings or high humidity weddings that can really wreck havoc on the hair, makeup and florals (bouquet/boutonniere). It is much more desirable to have a portrait with fresh hair/makeup/florals than after having been through a ceremony, tears/crying, many hugs, etc.

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2. STRESS-FREE DAY PHOTOS CAN BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY!

I actually think for this reason alone, a First Look is SO worth it! Couple's don't realize just HOW many portraits need completed during the cocktail hour. Let's think about this! The ceremony ends and you want to celebrate but you have to get through the list of ALL of the family formal shots and for BOTH sides. You complete that. But next is photos with the bridal party but you are beginning to feel 'pictured out'. You complete that. You lips are so tired of smiling at that point, you've been standing all day and you just want to sit down. But you are not done yet! Next is your bride and groom photos! Once that ends, there is still no time for sitting! Now it is time to begin bustling the dress and then lining up for the Grand Entrance! Wow-- that was A LOT. Had a 'First Look' been done, your bridal party AND bride and groom photos could have already been completed-- leaving only the Family Formal shots for after the ceremony AND leaving time for you to enjoy a cocktail before your grand entrance!

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3. EASE THE NERVES!

Often times, we set our expectations of the groom's reaction too high--expecting a photo of the groom bursting with emotion as the bride comes down the aisle just as we see in the movies! But truthfully, more often than not, that is not the case- at all! Often times, their anxiety gets the best of them and they freeze up and appear emotionless. Why does this happen? If we really think about what happens, in the minutes prior, it makes perfect sense. I see so many nervous grooms, waiting anxiously at the front of the ceremony area before the bride comes down...because ALL eyes are on him. He locks up and anxiety takes over and he appears stoic and emotionless. Grooms are much more likely to show more emotion when there is no pressure and no one watching, such as during the 'First Look' than when an entire ceremony crowd is looking at him for his reaction.

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4. OPPORTUNITY FOR MORE IMAGES WITH YOUR NEW SPOUSE!

When couple's do a 'First Look' their gallery has SO many more photos than without simply because it gives your photographer another opportunity for bride & groom portraits. It also gives you another opportunity for a scenery/background change which in turn adds more variety to your images. Variety is the spice of life! Most importantly, it gives you another opportunity for better weather. I can't tell you how many times it has happened on wedding day, where it has been rainy or windy during portrait time and I think to myself, ohhh if only they had done a first look, the weather was so much better at that time.

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5. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO SAY SOME VOWS/WORDS TO EACH OTHER!

One statement I hear from every single couple at the end of the night is, "I can't believe it, today went by SO fast!" Throughout the day, you are incredibly busy and there will be a constant stream of very happy people waiting to congratulate you! But without a first look, there is no opportunity for just a couple minutes together alone with your new spouse on your most important day! A first look gives you the opportunity to make certain you have a few minutes set aside to admire each other and say some vows or special words to each other!

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