Should you have a first look? This can be a question that can plague a bride. However, some know just where they stand. For those who may not know, a first look is when the bride and groom see each other prior to the ceremony. Yes, it is untraditional. But, there is a purpose behind it and I am happy to discuss why I advocate for the first look.
You can ask ANY wedding photographer and they will all agree. The moment that the bride sees the groom for the first time, she instantly becomes more RELAXED and her stress is alleviated. It's so true! So many times, in the hustle and bustle of getting ready the bride will inevitably become stressed to some degree, but the second she sees her man, she can finally breathe--it's a game changer!
Secondly, I heard a photographer say this one time and I completely agree, the bride and groom can spend more time with each other on their wedding day, rather than HIDING from each other! This made me laugh because it's actually a point that I had never considered before. Imagine spending most of your wedding day with your groom?!
Thirdly, you get to have the majority of your photos done before the wedding so that you can enjoy your cocktail hour with your friends and family! There's a few ways this can go down. When you do a first look, you can opt to have all of your formal photos done prior to your ceremony, just the bride/groom photos and bridal party, or just the bride and groom photos and save everything else until after the ceremony. Most of the time, I find that my brides will have their bride and groom photos along with their bridal party photos completed prior to the ceremony. Then, that just leaves the family formal photos to be done afterwards. Easy peasy!
I am an advocate for the first look. But in no way to I push my couples to this. I document their day as they see fit and it is not for me to decide how they should enjoy it!