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Top 4 of the Pros and Cons of Doing a First Look

Are you on the fence about doing a First Look on your wedding day? Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons we've seen at our venue!

1. When doing a first look you get to spend more one on one time together with your spouse, without all of your guests wanting to spend time with you. You get a special opportunity to see the raw emotions in one another, ALONE. Your photographer can capture such emotional and intimate photos that we guarantee you will cherish forever! This also gives you multiple opportunities in the course of the day to have bridal portraits taken with just the two of you in different lighting and different locations. (Don't forget about snagging some post ceremony sunset photos!) And now that you've seen each other, you can take your formal bridal party and some family photos as well! Your photographer can take more time to get a little more creative knowing they've already knocked out the standard bridal party and certain family portraits, and can focus on capturing all of the other magical moments of the day.

2. Stress relief! If you or your spouse are super nervous about the ceremony, it can help to alleviate some of those pre-wedding jitters. It can also help to knock out a ton of bridal party photos before the ceremony, so afterwards, your photographer can take any remaining family portraits and you have more time to enjoy your cocktail hour visiting with guests (and enjoying that bar you paid for!) Your bridal party will thank you too! They also want to be able to enjoy the festivities of your big day, and knocking out the traditional bridal party photos before the ceremony, will be a huge help!

3. The lighting may not be as ideal earlier on in the day. If you are doing a first look, chances are it will be earlier in the day, so your photographer may need to scout out areas around the venue that are in less direct sunlight. Be sure to discuss this with your photographer. Also, keep in mind you and your bridal party will most likely need to be dressed earlier on in order to accomodate fitting in your first look on your wedding day of timeline of events.

4. Gives you an extra time buffer- Let's face it, sh*t happens… There are times when there may be a delay in the ceremony starting for whatever reason, which then winds up shortening your cocktail hour, because dinner is served at a set time, which then leads to less time and more stress on both you and your photographer to make sure all of the bridal and family portraits are taken before the reception begins and daylight is lost. By doing a first look, you've eliminated this added stress, in the event something were to happen and the ceremony begins late.

Now that we've highlighted some of the pro's and con's of doing a first look, hopefully this will help guide you in the direction that is right for you and your spouse! Click the link below to contact us about scheduling your big day!

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