The first look may still be new to some, but this has become so popular in more recent years. Gone are the days of not seeing the bride before the ceremony. And while a ton of brides have hopped on this train, some are still undecided. So what I want to do is break down the pros and cons of each to help you make the best decision for you. Many photographers are definitely pro for first look, but in my point of view, this isn't my decision nor should it be my preference. I think a bride should have what she wants and I will accommodate and plan with you to get exactly that! So here are some things to consider for each!
No First Look
Keep to tradition- some people dream of that moment their whole lives!
Typically doing no first look you will be doing photos later in the day, which will automatically lend itself to a nicer quality light.
You will most likely will miss most, if not all of cocktail hour.
The wedding party will be more excited about going to cocktail hour than doing photos, and it will harder for them to focus. Especially if drinking celebrations have started early!
Your nerves may feel more intense without a first look, they seem to settle after doing one!
With a designated time to do your photos, everyone is more focused.
You're creating a moment to slow down and take each other in privately. I've had some tell me that this moment was the most memorable time of their day.
Definitely helps settle pre ceremony jitters.
Sometimes earlier in the day when you will typically plan for these photos, the light is still a bit harsher. Honestly, I can make pictures taken by a dumpster at 12 noon still look beautiful, but this could present a challenge, especially if there is a lack of trees! You just have more options available for locations and direction with soft light.
Your hair and makeup will be 'used' before the ceremony. So be prepared for touch ups!
Your dress will probably get somewhat dirty.
I’m going to present to you a third option, which in some ways is probably my personal favorite! This would be a ‘non-seeing first look’. I’ve only had a handful of couples choose this, but I truly think it’s adorable! You get to hold hands, chat with each other for a private moment, but still build anticipation of seeing one another. They’re always super sweet.
I always encourage my brides, this is your wedding day! You do what you dream. You and your fiancé’s preference is what matters. If you need any further thoughts, suggestions or want to discuss your feeling about options with me to help aid you to a decision, I am more than happy to chat it out! I just want you to make the best decision for you and your day! Any way you choose it will be absolutely gorgeous and I am honored to be a part of it!