Should we do a First Look before our Wedding ceremony? My opinion: Yes.

Yes, I know it is an older-than-time superstition that it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before she walks down the aisle to him.  BUT I think you should have a first look and I’ll tell you why…
I think it is the perfect opportunity for you and your future spouse to see each other one-on-one on one of the most important days of your lives.  You won’t be alone too often (if at all) the entire day and I think taking a few moments for a first look is the perfect time for a little quiet time.
This quiet time gives you and your soon-to-be spouse a moment to take a deep breath together, reflect on your joy, and connect with one another before you head in the event packed remainder of the day.  Let’s be real for moment: once the guests arrive the day turns into a whirlwind and before you know it noon is midnight and you forgot to eat all day.  But it was the most magical whirlwind you’ve ever experienced.  So, I always suggest a first look so you can have a little quiet time before the whirlwind (calm before the {crazy fun} storm).
Yes, the extra time after the ceremony benefits your timeline too.  It allows us to capture some more photos before your ceremony (as many or as few as you would like) and opens up time for you after the ceremony.  This means that instead of doing family and wedding party portraits during cocktail hour you can mingle and celebrate with your new spouse and all of your wonderful guests.
Don’t be fooled – you will not miss out on being emotional if you have a first look.  Often times the first look is  more emotional than seeing each other on the aisle.  Why?  Because you and your spouse are alone.  You are open to be fully you and fully emotional in a one-on-one intimate setting.

When I meet with my couples to discuss timeline we discuss a time and location for the first look.  It is free of bridal party members and there are no parents or grandparents watching.  It is you, your fiancé, me and my second photographer.  I provide very minimal direction (think: you stand here, she will walk up and tap your shoulder, you turn around) and keep my distance.  I don’t want to interrupt your private moment and neither does my second photographer.  So, when it boils down to it, the time you take for your first look may be the only time you and your spouse are together alone all day.  Enjoy it.  Embrace it.

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