As wedding photographers, we often throw around terms like ‘getting ready‘ and ‘detail shots’, or ‘first look’, ‘first kiss’ and ‘first dance’. As someone who spends a considerable amount of time in an industry focusing solely on weddings, it is easy to forget, that people who are still in the beginning stages of planning their special day may have never heard these terms before. Obviously most of them are easy enough to understand but the one term my clients keep tripping on whenever I mention it in a meeting is the First Look.
So what is it and why should you include it in your wedding day?
The First Look is my favorite part of a wedding day. It’s the moment when the groom sees his bride for the very first time in her wedding dress and it is often the most emotional part of the day. While we often assume that the bride and groom lay eyes on each other for the first time when she comes down the aisle in church (thank you Hollywood for this pretty picture), often times it is way before then and almost always a very hurried experience, surrounded by guests and family. If you plan the First Look right, though, you can think of it as 10 minutes of uninterrupted quiet time for you and your husband-to-be before the mayhem starts. Also to have these few emotional moments on film is something really special.
If you are interested in how you can incorporate a First Look into your wedding timeline, just drop me a line and we’ll figure it out together.