Perks to a First Look 

You’re investing a lot into your wedding photography. With a first look, you’ll receive 40% MORE portraits of the two of you…and those are the images you will fill your album with and hang over the mantle! The more the better! 

You actually get to an intimate/quiet moment on your wedding day with your soon to be spouse. Most brides don’t realize that when you come down the aisle and totally SHOCK him with your gorgeous-ness… he can’t even tell you how amazing you look.  He can’t touch you, embrace you or even SPEAK to you. You have to wait until 30 minutes later when the ceremony is over for him to react and tell you how amazing you look.  And after 30 minutes of the ceremony, the reaction isn’t the same as the initial first glance...which you didn't even get to see from waaaaay back in the back. (And that's if he's NOT super nervous that he's up there in front of God and everyone. Honest truth...99% of my cowboy-grooms barely crack a smile during the walking-down-the-isle shots. Not because they are grumpy. It's just an intense moment...not a bad kind of intense...and you and I both know (most) these cowboy-types don't wear their emotions on their sleeves.)

First Looks allow you to extend your wedding day.  Normally the wedding day would start when you come down the aisle, then the ceremony would end, you would rush through portraits so that you’re not late for the introductions and then it’s reception time.  With a first look, your wedding day is extended by almost 3 hours! Instead of being rushed for your bridal party portraits… you actually get to enjoy them and have fun hanging out with your BEST friends on your wedding day.  My client’s wedding albums are filled with images just from this time together before the ceremony.

First Looks allow you to be TOGETHER and actually alone on your wedding day. Normally portraits are a little rushed after the family formals, and it can be hard to really get into that “lovey dovey” mode…. especially with family around! When you have just shared your first look, you’re READY to love on each other, and I always capture some super sweet images during those moments!

You get rid of your nerves!  I’d say, literally ALL of my couples who have decided to do a first look, the grooms were not fans of it at first. However, because they have never experienced their wedding day before, they didn’t know how nerve racking it can be. I can’t tell you how many times grooms initially weren’t a fan of the first look... but afterwards admitted to being SO much more relaxed and ready for the ceremony! One thing I've also noticed is that, after first looks, grooms are so much more relaxes...they are actually MORE apt to crack a grin or shed a tear when you walk down the isle...because he's probably thinking about those sweet-nothings you whispered in his ear during your intimate & meaningful first look. 

Ideas for making a first look even MORE precious: Exchange letters, sing a song, share gifts...or just whisper something only you two will remember.