In our last post, we told you what a “First Look” is and how that can work at your wedding. Here’s some more information to keep you on top of this wedding trend.
Most wedding photographers would say that the wedding timeline is designed for them, and the First Look makes their job easier and better. The First Look allows time for the photographer to capture the bride and groom together, relaxed, and often off-guard. Emotion shows on their faces. Delight and anticipation brighten their expressions. Genuine smiles flash best when it’s just the two of them. There’s nothing like a big crowd to make a person’s smile fake.
Without a First Look, the photographer is often searching for that perfect bride and groom shot during the typical cocktail hour following the ceremony. The ceremony can be draining, and those tired expressions do show up on the faces of the newly-married couple. Capturing them together before the big event is much better!
It’s also important to note that if the First Look is held well before the ceremony, other formal pictures including members of the bridal party can also be taken before the ceremony. What is the advantage of this? If the ceremony is late afternoon or evening, an earlier photo shoot outdoors takes advantage of natural sunlight.
There aren’t many disadvantages unless you really do love the old traditions. Is it unlucky for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony? Some people do believe it is. And some couples claim that meeting at the altar for the first time on their wedding day adds a special touch that can’t be replaced.
Whether or not your wedding photographer can talk you into a First Look, your wedding at Chandler’s Gardens will be everything you dreamed. We’re here for you. Contact us for information on our wedding packages and amenities.