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The First Look

It’s time to talk about one of our very favorite parts of a wedding, the “First Look”! If you’ve ever sat down to meet with us about your wedding, you’ve definitely been asked if you’re thinking of doing this before the ceremony. And typically, the response is, “We’ve thought about it, but still just aren’t sure”. And we get it, there are several things to consider when you’re making this decision, and you want to make the right choice for your day. And that’s where we come in. We want to share some reasons you really might want to consider doing a First Look!

On one hand, the first look sounds nice and you’ve seen all the pretty pictures, but on the other hand you (like all of us, really) want that perfect reaction from your groom as you come down the aisle. Not to mention its tradition to meet at the altar. We can totally understand if that tradition is super important to you, and we aren’t here to force you into anything you aren’t comfortable with. After all, this is YOUR day!

I can, however, share from experience that the First Look didn’t take anything away from our ceremony when my husband and I married. In fact, it made it that much more beautiful. He waited at the altar, and I came in with all of the butterflies in my stomach and SO ready to see him, and I got an AMAZING reaction. Not only that, but he got to tell me how beautiful he thought I was and hug me, and we breathed a collective sigh of relief that the wait was finally over! And do you know what happened when I walked down the aisle?! ANOTHER amazing reaction! In that moment, as I started to walk down the aisle, it became so real to both Elliot and me that this was the day we would start our life together, and he was just as overwhelmed by me in that moment as the first!

If you’re still unsure whether to add a “First Look” to your wedding day, let’s talk about some things you may not have considered just yet:

· The First Look gives you more opportunity for pictures of the two of you! More options for the photos that will hang in your first home together. Wedding photography is a big investment, and you want to get the most out of it, right?! Well, this way, during the time you would otherwise spend waiting for the ceremony to begin, you’ll instead be able to take extra pictures of the two of you.

· Once you’ve finished your First Look, we most often have time to start taking pictures of the wedding party, and that means less pictures you have to take AFTER the ceremony (Woohoo for you!). This means you can get to your reception faster and start that party!

· That moment when you’re walking down the aisle, all eyes on you, and you see your groom tearing up… it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! But during the ceremony, he can’t tell you how GORGEOUS you look or embrace you or even speak to you! By doing a First Look, you can experience all of the emotion, take it in, AND get his full reaction!

Most couples say (and I would agree from my own experience) that doing a First Look relieves a lot of nervousness before the ceremony. Grooms especially feel the nerves when they see their bride for the first time, because that’s when it usually becomes real to them. This allows that experience to happen while also allowing everyone to relax a bit and enjoy the ceremony.

· You get some time alone with your man on your wedding day! You may not understand it yet, but that will be pure gold! A wedding day is filled with excitement and family and friends and partying. What it isn’t filled with is time for the two of you to breathe in the moment together. A first look lets you have a little time for that without being rushed to the next event.

There are so many traditions that surround a wedding day, and some of them may be very important to you or your family. But it’s also important that you don’t get so caught up in tradition that you forget that this is YOUR wedding. It’s about making special memories and celebrating your love story in a way that is right for you! When talking with brides, we often find that while they thought they were attached to the tradition, they were really attached to the reaction of their groom. So we encourage you to really think on what works for you and what is important to you, and we’re here to help you go from there! After all, you’ve hired us to take the stress out of planning your day, and that’s exactly what we’re here to do!

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