Many brides have asked me the question, "What is the difference between a first look and a traditional wedding?" I created a short video illustrating what a first look looks like.
Click play to watch an example of a first look wedding.
Here are some advantages of a first look:
1. It's much more intimate. I first set up the groom in a beautiful location with his back to the bride and then back away to capture the whole experience quietly with a telephoto lens. I give the bride a sign that he is ready, and she can start her walk toward him. Most brides then tap their soon-to-be husband on the shoulder. The couple is able to enjoy this very intimate moment away from everyone. This time is the couple's alone to enjoy and able to just be with each other and all of the great emotions that come with it without feeling the need to hold back like they might if they were in front of a lot of people. I have found that most couples that do a first look really enjoy a these few quiet minutes alone as a couple; they are more relaxed and are able to really laugh and cry, kiss, and hug. Sometimes, in a traditional wedding it is hard for couples to find a few quiet moments to really enjoy each other without friends and family wanting to speak with them.
2. More time for pictures. After enjoying being with each other for the first time on your wedding day, usually, we move right into couple's pictures. This is were we are able to get some fun pictures for just the two of you together without the pressure of getting to the reception quickly, so your guest are not waiting too long. This is a great time to let your personality shine through and get the images of the two of you that really show the emotions and excitement of the experience. After the couple's pictures is the full bridal party and family pictures. This usually happens just before the ceremony.
3. More time at the reception/cocktail hour. After the ceremony, with all of the formal pictures done, the two of you will be able to head straight to the reception right after the ceremony to hang out with all of your friends and family. Most weddings include people in attendance who have traveled from all over the country to come see the two of you. Getting all of the formal pictures done before the cemetery will allow you more time to enjoy friends and family that you do not get to see often.
Walking down the aisle is still just as special, and some brides say that it helps calm some of their nerves before the ceremony. In the end, it is up to the two of you to decide which choice is best.