What is a first look? – A first look is simply described as the bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day BEFORE the ceremony. Yes! before ladies and gentlemen. But why? you say. Here are some of the reasons why:
– It is a private moment between the bride and the groom and that is seriously worth it. To capture the intimacy of seeing each other for the first time, removed from all guests, is truly a special thing. Some couples even say they feel more comfortable and at ease after the first look and it translate to a stress free day. We know you have spent many months working together towards this goal and we want to celebrate that by providing you with a very memorable, stress free day.
Despite seeing each other before the ceremony, the moment when the bride walks down the aisle is still very important to both of you. The reason for this is because they are two different moments, equally special in their own way. Each moment is captured by your photographer and it has different meaning to you but it is special nonetheless.
From the photography point of view, it has many benefits and some are simply convenience. For those couples that decide to marry in the fall, winter or decide to have an evening ceremony you can still have those beautiful shots of the two of you, your wedding party and family with beautiful lighting. It also allows you and your husband to attend cocktail hour and enjoy every single minute with your family and guests.
For those couples that want to venture out to different locations in the city, doing a first look is truly the way to go. If you are getting married in a city like Pittsburgh there are many beautiful locations so very different close by.
It’s a fun way to start your wedding day and as I mentioned before, spent more time with your future husband and your wedding party.
In the end, can a first look improve your wedding itinerary? Yes. Do you create special memories? Yes. Should everybody decide to go with a first look? No!
Remember, you and your fiancee have the final word and we would never force you to change your plans or vision of your wedding day. If you have a very relaxed and laid-back day and can afford to wait, or if your wedding day starts early and you still have a few hours of beautiful lighting after your ceremony then no problem. If you simply feel more comfortable and at ease seeing your future husband/wife before you say the I DOs then don’t forget to ask me for the details on The First Look. Enjoy and Happy Planning!
Special thanks to my friend Dana Scheller for letting me be part of this wedding.