A first look allows you and your lovey to see each other in private, take each other in & have a few moments to yourself before the day starts.
I do encourage first looks, BUT while I do, I also understand some couples want to wait and see each other as they walk down the aisle. If that is you, that is TOTALLY fine!
As a photographer, here is why I recommend it & the details of a first look.
Pressure Reliever: There is a lot of anticipation and nerves going into this day and seeing your love for the first time as your about to become husband and wife! A first look allows you to see each other in private, have a moment to yourselves & just take each other in. Spending some "quiet" moments together realigns you, your focus & charges you for the big day ahead.
You'll have better, heart filled photos: A groom's reaction to his bride walking down the aisle can be priceless, but to be honest, it isn't as intimate of a setting as a first look can provide. The intimate first look setting allows for all emotion to be displayed and captured.
Frees your timeline: Freeing up the timeline is good for the soul. Handling a lot of the image needs allows the timeline of your day to go smooth. After your first look, we'll go into bridal party portraits and maybe even family photos! We'll discuss this more in our meetings.
Privacy please: The first look should only contain the two of you, me & my assistant/second shooter! Please no bridesmaids peaking around the bushes, giggling and capturing pictures with their phones, no groomsmen wooping and hollaring at you, etc. ;)
TIMELINE: 10-15 MINUTES