What is the First Look? It is when the bride and groom choose to see each other before the ceremony in order to get most, if not all, the formal photos out of the way so that everyone arrives at the reception at the same time. Once the bride and groom are ready, the photographer coordinates the First Look, usually by taking the groom somewhere secluded and intimate where he awaits his beautiful bride. When she arrives, they are able to take each other in for the first time on their day. The couple is able to say things to each other during that time that they would never be able to say at the alter. As the photographer, I love it when a couple chooses this option for several reasons:
1) I am able to capture the raw emotion of the bride and groom as they see each other for the first time without 300+ guests watching them. They are able to express that emotion to each other instead of keeping it all in until after the ceremony.
2) We are able to take photos in natural light
3) The couple is able to have a mini photo shoot of just the two of them
4) The day flows much smoother when there’s no added stress to get quick photos of everyone after the ceremony
5) Everyone gets to the reception at the same time and the couple doesn’t miss seeing guests that leave early due to taking formal photos
My husband and I did not do a First Look because, at the time, I had no idea what one was. We waited to see each other until the ceremony. And that ‘look’ on my husband’s face, well, it wasn’t that awesome…
He looks scared and really nervous, like he’s about to puke. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but luckily he got to tell me later what he was thinking and feeling. I just wish we would have had that time before all the rush to take it all in together.
Obviously, this is your day and your decision. I just hope I can educate someone about this opportunity that they otherwise wouldn’t have known.
And to show you what I’m talking about, here’s a few photos from the First Look at Jared & Sarah’s wedding:
More to come from their wedding in the next post! Happy Friday!