Welcome back my sweet friends to a hot take that might just change your mind about doing a first look on your wedding day! While first looks aren't for everyone, if chosen to do so, they foster a really authentic moment you can implement.
So, what even is a first look?
A first look is about a 10-15 minute period of time before the ceremony where you and your soon-to-be spouse see each other for the first time.
I LOVE when my couples opt for this because it creates such an endearing and authentic moment full of excitement, no pressure and intimacy since it's just the two of you... (of course your photographer too but we like to stay further out so you can have the time to yourselves).
Let's dive into it! Here are some of the perks to consider so you can decide if a first look is right for you on your wedding day!
01. SLOW DOWN
I'm sure you've heard before from your married friends and family that your wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye. And let me tell you as a seasoned photographer, it really does. First looks are one of those moments on a wedding day that allows you to slow down and soak in the moment. And trust me–the more moments like those you can pack into your day–the better!
02. AN EXTRA MOMENT ALONE
Whether your wedding is big or small, it's going to involve a lot of mingling and be full of chatting with guests! It won't be often on your wedding day that you'll get complete alone time–unless you do a first look!
03. GET RID OF YOUR NERVES
On a day all about you and your spouse where all eyes will be on you, it's hard not to get nervous. I mean, couples typically feel the most anxious right before the ceremony. So, what better way to loosen up and get rid of those nerves than to see your partner prior for a quick comforting moment together.
04. MAKES FOR A SWEET PHOTO OP
As a wedding photographer, this is a point I just had to add and it's true–first looks make for such a touching moment! Sometimes, I even get some tears from the groom which is my favorite! <3
"Heather and her husband did an amazing job with our wedding and engagement photos! I'd highly recommend you hire her as your photographer. We couldn't be happier with the intimate moments she captured and her use of natural light and beautiful settings. She scouted out the locations prior to the shoots and suggested poses. She is a true pro! I'd highly recommend Heather for your wedding or event."
– ANDY & MACKENZIE | DES MOINES WEDDING