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3 Reasons to Opt for a Wedding First Look


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3 Reasons to Opt for a First Look

First Look: To do? or Not to do?

I cannot tell you how many of my brides come to me torn over the debate: to have a First Look before their wedding ceremony or not.

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE advocate for First Looks!

I’m going to share with you 3 reasons that I believe you should opt for a First Look before your ceremony.

It Helps to Ease Your Pre-Ceremony Nerves

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I know most brides have the fantasy of walking down the aisle and seeing their groom struck with emotion as he sees them for the first time.

I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but the chances of that happening are slim to none.

When I got married 14 years ago, First Looks weren’t a thing. I was SO nervous walking down the aisle that I thought I was going to throw up. Seeing all of our guests made it worse for me. I would give anything to go back and have a first look with my man!

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I photographed an outdoor wedding at Lake Tahoe that mother nature seemed determined to disrupt. Rain, clouds, crazy wind- you name it, we had it. The timeline was even threatening to disrupt the bride & groom’s first look down at the lake. 

Seeing my bride’s nerves with all of the chaos, I knew I would move heaven and earth to get her to that first look at the lake. 

I’m SO thankful we did! As soon as she was with her soon-to-be-husband, she visibly relaxed, the clouds parted, and we had a gorgeous ceremony!

Having a First Look allows us to shoot most or all of the portraits pre-ceremony

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I will typically schedule the bridal party portraits immediately following our First Look. Having the ability to photograph this massive chunk of pictures pre-wedding ceremony, frees up much needed time on your wedding day. 

You can laugh and enjoy your bridal party as opposed to trying to avoid seeing each other throughout the day.

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If my couples opt for a First Look before their wedding, the only photos that I will shoot post-ceremony are the family portraits.

I want my couples to enjoy their wedding day! Part of that enjoyment includes mingling with guests during cocktail hour instead of being stuck with a long stream of photographs.

You won’t lose the magic if you have a First Look… I Promise!

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When I’m talking with my brides and grooms about the First Look, the number one opposition that I hear is: “It won’t be special when I walk down the aisle.”

I promise you this is not true!

You get to enjoy the excitement of walking down the aisle, instead of the nerves. All of my grooms who have had a First Look pre-ceremony are STILL in awe when they see their bride walk down the aisle. 

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I hope that this has given you some insight into why I believe you need to opt for a First Look for your wedding. Comment below if you have any questions or thoughts, I would love to chat with you!

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Help! My Family Doesn't Approve of My First Look

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