It’s been a while that I’ve been wanting to post a few brief posts on wedding planning. For one, although I did go through my own wedding planning, I don’t consider my self an expert in the matter. However, I have seen my share of weddings, photographed a few, as well as read (maybe too much) about wedding planing, details, hair, makeup and all those other many details that go in to the planning of a wedding 🙂
One thing I know to be true in this big world of wedding planning, is that we lean towards traditions, traditions that are hard HARD to break. One of them is seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony procession. It wasn’t until last year that I started to notice “First Looks” as many photographers call it. Whaaa?!! I could have had MORE images on my wedding day? could have been far MORE relaxed during the ceremony? All these and other questions started to pop in my head, but unfortunately it is what it is. Our time was limited, and yes, we did have a very limited amount of portrait shots of us and Francis and was I nervous during the ceremony!! To this day I regret having such a stunned face during the ENTIRE ceremony, or maybe that’s just my face, ANYWAY, all I know is that it could have gone differently had I even pondered the idea of seeing each other before the ceremony. For me it was a given, a MUST, a “this is how it’s done” kinda thing, to see each other until the ceremony. Sad, I know. All I know is that we weren’t given the option, and to be honest, I never ran across first look images back in 2002.. did they even existed? hmmm.
So this is my opportunity to share with you this OTHER option. Think about it, CONSIDER it and if keeping with tradition is still something you want to do, GREAT! at least you are doing it because that is what YOU really want 🙂
Photographers Abby Grace and katelyn James each posted in great detail the WHY it’s something WORTH considering. I won’t go into much detail about it, but I do agree with the following cool reasons why “first looks” are WORTH considering!
- It extends your wedding day.
- Gives you both intimate time together, alone. You can hug, tell eachother how handsome/beautiful you look without having an entire room looking on 🙂
- MORE portraits!
- Feeling far more relaxed during the ceremony
- Gives a more relaxed schedule
- Hair and Make-up are fresh!
- Best option for late fall or winter couples. Sun sets earlier, and having a first look will allow for more available light 😉
Happy Wedding Planning!
Here are a few images from the first look I shot for Michael & Raquel’s wedding.