Today, we are welcoming one of my favorite photographers to the blog to share a little bit about the First Look trend. As a wedding planner, the timeline is our bread and butter. One of our first questions to the couple is whether or not they are going to participate in a First Look. This means that they would see each other for the first time in an intimate and romantic setting instead of at the end of the aisle. Surprisingly, the grooms seem to be the ones that we have to convince, not the brides. [Those stubborn boys lol now they care? Am I right? 😉 ]
The truth is, this is a much more private way to see your love for the first time. You can take this moment to exchange gifts, a note, or even say a prayer together before all of the “hustle and bustle” begins. Sadly, you will not spend too much time with your new spouse during the reception. Why not use this time to just be together for a few minutes? …..Plus you get an additional 30-45 minutes of reception time! Party!
So…without further ado (aka rambling lol) here is the original post from Ariana Ruehle of ANM Photography. Be sure to check her out on Instagram at @anm_photo or on her website at www.anmphoto.com.
The First Look: Is It For You?
The First Look. What is it? It’s the moment between a bride and groom when they see each other for the first time on the wedding day. Before the ceremony. Yes – it breaks tradition but there are many advantages to a First Look. They are truly emotional and a once in a life time interaction. Here is why I love First Looks.
Either your partner cries, laughs, can’t breathe, turns around, checks you out; it’s real. It’s heartwarming moment that you will never forget.
2) It’s a private moment.
You’re alone. Just you and your groom. 10-15 minutes to see each other can work wonders for those stage-fright jitters. You can hug, kiss, cry, prey, or laugh together. As a photographer, I’m there but hidden. I try to stay as far away as I can (and still get the shot) to give you as much space as you need to be alone with your one true love.
3) The Timeline
They are also a huge help with the timeline. The bridesmaids, groomsmen and wedding party pictures can be done before the ceremony allowing you to go straight to the reception. Let’s get the party started!