“First Looks” on a wedding day
Should you have a first look?
“Groom rhymes with “doom” right? In all of the bouquets and boutonnieres, cakes, and flourishes, wedding days probably seem a little more like tulle and taffeta torture than a day to hang out with friends and family. Right? Noooo just kidding!
I’m here to make the event a little less… well, girlie, and a little more groomtastic, and here’s how:
With our private, fun, photoshoot for just the two of you, it’ll just be us hanging out and snapping some pictures. No, there won’t be any cheesy, forced poses, and nothing embarrassing. Then, after you get to relax and enjoy some champagne or a beer, we’ll turn you loose on the most exciting day ever, with the love of your life.
If nothing else, this short period of stress-free time is an excuse away from hordes, hair, and the busy events of the day. We’re just here to make things a little more fun, and a little less stuffy. All the while, capture some really special moments that everyone will cherish!
What are the advantages of a first look?
It’s a new age, so it’s no longer considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. What’s more, there are actually some pretty big advantages to the first-look session prior to the wedding ceremony. Not only are the bride, groom, bridal party, and family in top form, the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup are also fresh, and the groom and groomsmen are still OK with being in their tuxes or suits.
If you do decide to go with a pre-ceremony formal portrait approach, be sure to set aside 15 minutes of private time for just the two of you. These private moments, before you start taking more formal, posed portraits, are often the most special for the bride and groom. You are able to say a prayer together, or exchange meaningful gifts, private vows, relax and think about the moments to come. This quiet, contemplative time also serves as a break to calm your nerves. This healthy pre-ceremony atmosphere creates a smooth, steady flow throughout the day’s events. Getting this step out of the way early in the day frees up the rest of your time to spend with your guests.
I’ve also found that first looks offer a natural and authentic experience, in a very relaxed and natural way. Therefore, offering a candid reaction from your partner during the first look. This provides for the opportunity to capture amazing candid and relaxed portraits in a private setting.
I hope you will find this first look tip helpful while you are in the decision-making process of how you vision your wedding photography to go on your wedding day. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out, I’m here to help.