The topic of First Looks on wedding days is a topic we get asked about a lot so today I’m going to address the frequently asked, sometimes controversial topic of First Looks. Here goes!
First of all, you should know that we would never try to convince a bride and groom to do a First Look if they do not want to have one. We actually don’t always think a First Look is essential (more on that in a bit!) but the truth is, with venue weddings being so popular nowadays, First Looks are often recommended if you want to get the most out of your wedding photography. For those of you who aren’t sure what a First Look is, I’ll start with a brief explanation. Traditionally, a groom would see his bride for the first time as she walked down the aisle at the start of the wedding ceremony. However, the term First Look now refers to the private moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time *before* their ceremony. There are many reasons why couples often opt for a First Look but, in my opinion, the First Look is absolutely essential if one of the three reasons below apply to you.
Now, what if none of these reasons applies to you? Should you still consider a First Look? In my opinion, it depends. A First Look is actually not always advisable. Below is when a First Look simply doesn’t make sense.
So what if you just got engaged and haven’t decided whether you’ll be tying the knot at a venue or a church? Read on!
I hope this gave you the perspective you were looking for and that it helps you make a decision as to whether or not you should have a first look! Either way, the moment that your groom sees you for the first on your wedding day will be beautiful, memorable, and meaningful in every way and we can’t wait to see the look on his face!
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Hi! I’m Alex, lead photographer and owner of Idalia Photography. I've been photographing weddings for over nine years and I'm passionate about discovering beautiful stories, documenting genuine moments, and capturing timeless images along the way.
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