I love first looks…
They are one of my favorite parts of the wedding day!
A traditional first look is when your fiance sees you for the first time as you walk down the aisle.
…Many have thrown tradition to the side.
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Hi there, Carissa Kruse here. Hey, I want to talk today to you about first looks. So what is a first look? Well, a lot of times, traditionally, it was where you walk down the aisle, your groom sees the bride for the first time and that’s considered the first look. So that was the traditional way. I would say 75% of couples now do the first look a different way, and that is by… We create a moment between the two of you, usually before the ceremony, that has just the two of you and the photographer, usually a videographer. And a lot of times you might walk up behind, tap him on the back, and he turns around. It creates more of this really exciting emotion between the two of you, because it’s just the two of you.
I tell my couples that usually when you’re walking down the aisle, there’s so much going on. There’s so many people, so many eyes, you’re not used to probably being the center of attention, that you kind of lose that a little bit when you walk down the aisle in that first look. But when we create it ahead of time, it takes the pressure off of it and you really get more of that true emotion. And I just love it, it’s just makes my heart sing.
So I would definitely recommend a first look, just because… A couple different options, or a couple different reasons. Because first off, because what I just said. And then secondly, you get to spend more time throughout the day together, which is totally exciting because why don’t you want to spend more time with your future husband on the day? And then three, you get more photos from the day.
So, because you’re not rushed, if you wait and do it traditionally, then you have to try to squish a lot of photos in before the reception starts. And usually you might have an hour, hour-and-a-half at most, and you have to do your wedding party, you have to do bridegroom and family photos all within that time. So if you do a first look, you can schedule that out. I usually say about two-and-a-half hours before the ceremony time, we would do a first look, and then we can go into doing wedding party, bridegroom photos, then family photos. And then about a half hour before, we try to be wrapped up so that guests aren’t seeing you, and then you can have some time to chill, and then have your ceremony start about a half hour after that time that we’re done.
So that’s my take on first looks. You then also get usually additional photos after the ceremony as well, with you, with bride groom and wedding party. So you just get a lot more photos from the day if you do that first look, instead of doing the traditional where you walk down the aisle and see each other. So definitely consider that, consider the pros and cons on what makes the most sense for you guys. But if you’ve got any questions on first looks, I’m here for you. So reach out, I’m more than happy to help. So, till next time, bye.
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