To First Look, Or Not To First Look
As a photographer I love when couples are willing to set time aside before their ceremony to take photographs. As a girl who once got married, I also understand why it might feel a little odd to see each other before the ceremony. Whether my couple wants to be sure they get a chance to enjoy their cocktail hour, or if the season would put photos after the ceremony into the dark, it really is a very personal choice. A first look makes for a great set of intimate photos that will often capture a wider range of emotion than the walk down the aisle when there is so much else is going on. I put together a few of my favorite first looks to help you decide if the first look is important to you and your wedding day.
One my favorite things about first looks if that it is a smooth transition into the formal photos. Instead of being a little guarded I feel the candidness of the first looks carries over into the photos that follow.
Something to think about when doing a first look is who you would like to include. Some couples want to keep it between just the two of them, while other want their entire families and bridal party present.
First looks can be a great way to incorporate an additional location into your day. Perhaps a place that wouldn't be ideal for the entire family to get to, like these shot on the beach in Cape May, NJ
Or these in a historic part of the venue.
Even if you choose to skip the first look, talk to your photographer about setting aside extra time to do some of the bridal party photos pre ceremony. A good photographer will be able to keep you both from seeing each other while still grabbing some of the formals and saving you time after your ceremony.