If you follow a lot of wedding blogs online, like many of our bride’s-to-be do, you’ll notice that the first look is becoming very popular in weddings. It’s a great opportunity to get beautiful photographs of that magical moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time, a moment that many couples say stands out for them on their wedding day. The first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the actual ceremony with no one else around, this may be followed with a few gorgeous photographs of the couple before they get ready for the ceremony.
Personal Moment Alone
Because your wedding day is a whirlwind of events that happen very quickly, you may not get to spend very much time alone just the two of you as a couple. A first look is a great way to take a moment alone, connect with your soon-to-be spouse and take-in all the emotions of this amazing day. The couple gets to see each other for the first time away from a crowd of people and are able to really say how they feel when first seeing each other on the day they get married. It’s a great way to get those moments captured, they may be more difficult to photograph during the ceremony.
Good for Grooms
Because the first look happens away from everyone, the groom also seems to be much more comfortable expressing how he feels when he sees his wife-to-be for the first time and doesn’t have a crowd of people staring at him when the bride walks down the aisle. The groom is usually more likely to have tears in his eyes or cry and may feel more comfortable with these emotions when it’s not in front of a crowd only his bride (and us ☺).
Because we are getting a lot of photographs of the couple before the ceremony has even begun, there is more of an opportunity to relax after the ceremony and enjoy some time with guests. This can also save time for photographs between the ceremony and reception, because we will then have taken some lovely photographs of the bride and groom, there is less rush to get photographs done. The first look may also help with those nerves that many people often feel before the ceremony, getting to see your fiancé and sharing that personal moment often helps the couple feel much more relaxed.
Because having a first look means the couple will be filled with lots of emotion, this is also a great time to get a few beautiful, romantic photographs of them together much like the photographs we take with the newlywed couple between the ceremony and reception. Because of this there will be a lot more photographs of just the bride and groom alone and also a larger range of locations the photographs are taken in. There are also a lot more photographs of the bride and groom’s emotions when there is a first look together with the ceremony. Basically it just means it’s an opportunity for more beautiful photographs.
How you Could Fit a First Look into your day
To include a first look into your day, you need to allocate a time approximately an hour (if the getting ready venues and ceremony venue is at the same place) before the ceremony when both the bride and groom have finished their preparation and are all ready. The first look together with some photographs of the bride and groom takes about 30 minutes, giving the groom half an hour at the ceremony venue before the ceremony starts and the bride half an hour to do any final getting ready and any touch ups. We also suggest the first look be with only the bride and groom and us, not with anyone else as audience. The first look may not be for everyone, it’s totally up to you, but if it’s something you are maybe interested in doing on your wedding day and you have any questions feel free to let us know!