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{First Look}

Many brides have questions about having a  “first look”. For those of you that are unsure what a first look is, it is when the bride and groom decide to see each other before the wedding ceremony. What used to be a taboo is now a very common practice with many benefits.

Seeing each other before the wedding ceremony has so many benefits. It gives the bride and groom a special moment or several moments to see each other by themselves and actually enjoy each others company, and also allows the couple to be able to take the majority of their photos before the ceremony which allows them to relax more and enjoy the day. Many brides see beautiful pictures in wedding magazines and top wedding blogs and want that kind of photo, but only give the photographer 20 minutes to take pictures. I will work with whatever time is given to me, but the more time that I am given the more pictures that I can take. If your pictures are something that is very important to you get with me to discuss how much time we should set aside for your pictures. I would be thrilled to help you plan out a wedding day timeline to ensure that you get the photos that you want.  The first look is a great way to solve the problem of a busy wedding day schedule. It is really a win win situation, it gives the bride and groom some extra time together and plenty of time to get stunning photos.

Some brides (or grooms) worry that a first look will make walking down the aisle not as special, but it actually tends to put the bride and groom both at ease and helps them really enjoy the moment.  By the time the ceremony comes couples that have had a first look have had a chance to relax, talk and enjoy the most important thing which is each other.  

I know how important my wedding photos were to me…the most important part of my day, in fact I found the photographer that I wanted and then changed our wedding date to a date that she was available because it was just that important to me. But, I am going to keep it real and say that I have had so many compliments on my wedding photos and so many people that have told me that they wish that they could go back and do it all over again because they were not happy with their wedding pictures. Make sure that there is time for you to get the pictures that you want, because you only get married once…well, hopefully.

Don’t worry, there are not any rules for weddings, ultimatly it is your wedding and you can choose to do whatever you would like. Yes, I admit that I would prefer for a bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony, but most of all I want my couples to be happy with their day and their pictures whether that means taking them before or after the ceremony.

and just because I can’t talk about weddings without showing pictures, here is one from Jenny and Preston’s gorgeous wedding.

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I definitely agree!! I was so thankful that Dale and I saw each other and did pictures before the ceremony. It really calmed my nerves and allowed me to enjoy every minute of our ceremony. We cleared the sanctuary, and then I walked down the aisle to him. Our photogrpaher (Kaila Regina) got the picture of his first look at me then she slipped out so we could have ten minutes to ourselves to pray and chat. It really set the pace for the whole day and I absolutely loved it! It also gave us the extra time to allow our photographer to work her creativity. Highly recommend it!

I wanted to return the blog love :) I couldn’t agree more with this. It’s reminded me I need to do a post about first looks (as well as other posts like this on our blog) to help educate couples.

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