The first look is when the spouses meet each other right before the ceremony. Taking approximately 20 minutes to complete, it’s done in an intimate location with only the couple and the photographer to avoid any external disruption. This can take place in your backyard, at the hotel you’re getting ready at or even close to where you will be getting married.
Even though you can easily assume you need to see each other, it’s possible to keep the traditional aspect and do a first look without actually seeing each other. For instance, both spouses can wear a blindfold to avoid seeing each other, but will still be able to talk, hold hands and calm each other down. This way, the surprise will be kept until you walk down the aisle!
This element is present in several weddings nowadays because it can make your big day much easier. Here are a few reasons to consider it:
Savour this unforgettable moment together, unrestrainedly and intimately
Your reaction to the view or the contact of your spouse will be immortalized and will leave you wonderful memories of this day. These raw emotions will be relived every time you see these photos again, even in several years.
Enjoy the cocktail with your guests
Since the creative couple portraits generally take place during the cocktail hour, doing a part of the photos before the ceremony allows you to spend more quality time with your guests.
Have a larger variety of photos
The first look gives us the opportunity to use different locations that matter to you, and therefore having photos taken in different decors. On average, the first look allows us to increase the number of couple photos by 35%, principally due to all the different heartfelt expressions and emotions you’re going to live.
Whether it is because the time between the ceremony and the reception is lacking, because the weather is too unpredictable or simply because the sun sets quickly (think about those short winter days!), this aspect can make the whole planning much more easier and less stressful for you.
Calm your nerves
Seeing each other and spending a little bit of time together before walking down the aisle will help you release some of the stress that built up in the weeks, if not months, leading to your wedding.After it’s done, it will be easier to fully enjoy this day and remember tiny details that otherwise would skip your mind.
Ultimately, the decision is 100% yours and shouldn’t affect in any way the relationship with your photographer. You shouldn’t feel bad for not having one if that’s not what you want. As a photographer, I can testify that some of my clients were reluctant to do one at first, but in the end none of them regretted it! Here are a few examples from beautiful first looks I got to capture 🙂
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Lisa-Marie Savard est une photographe lifestyle basée à Montréal et ses environs. Voyage offert ailleurs au Québec ou Canada. | Lisa-Marie Savard is a lifestyle photographer based in Montreal and its surroundings. Travel available elsewhere in Quebec or Canada.