So… (you may be wondering) What is a ‘First Look’?
It’s something that is quite common in the USA and other areas of the world and can add something extra to your day, especially with wedding ceremonies in the darker winter months.
The very first time that bride and groom set eyes on each other on their wedding day is a powerful moment. Filled with significance and emotion, it is a tender and intimate experience that you never forget. Amongst all the excitement of the wedding, however, this moment can seem all too fleeting.
Well, if you want to savour those few seconds of heart-skipping joy, you really should consider a First Look photo session. I find that many modern couples are adopting this new trend because it helps relieve some of the pressures and nerves of the wedding day as well as resulting in amazing photos. Basically, we stage that magical moment earlier in the day, in private, so that you can both appreciate and share it in your own time. Then, if you find yourselves overcome with emotion, you’ll have time to dry your eyes and re-touch the mascara before the ceremony!
Winter weddings are an ideal occasion for First Look photos because I can make better use of daylight for the photographs. Natural light is so flattering and it disappears far too quickly on short winter days. Having your First Look photos done in the morning, before your ceremony, enables me to set up beautiful daylight shots of just the two of you. It also allows more time to document the day and capture all the other images we’ve planned.
In my experience couples are also much more relaxed once they have taken this first momentous step, and they are free circulate with friends and family without being hidden from their partner until the big moment. It is particularly helpful for nervous brides who otherwise would come straight from their dressing and preparations into the intensity of the wedding ceremony. This way, the bride can mingle with friends and family as the excitement builds up.
Of course, if you a stickler for tradition you will want to follow the accepted pattern of having a ‘big reveal’ at the ceremony, and there is no denying the impact it makes. On the other hand, many modern couples like to add their own twist to make their wedding unique to them, and celebrating the First Look in this way fits well with this approach. So, if you both feel relaxed about breaking a few rules, you really should consider this idea.