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The First Look

The First Look

The magical moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day is a very special moment, and a challenging decision to make as of how you want it to take place.Some couples want to save the special moment until the bride walks down the aisle for the traditional “Aisle Reveal”. Other couples choose to have “The First Look” and see each other before the ceremony. Regardless of how you choose to do it, as wedding photographers, we will completely support your decision. It is your day and it should unfold as you wish it to. However, if you are not so sure yet, we offer several reasons why you can benefit from “the First Look” and have pictures taken prior to the ceremony.

1.It expands your options. Instead of making everything happen in a few hours starting with the ceremony, you can have a few more hours before the ceremony and have a longer photo session. Since your time will not be as tight, you can travel to a favorite or scenic location away from the ceremony. You can even invite some family and friends to get the formal photos done before the ceremony. These all translate to have more time between ceremony and reception so that you can mingle with your guests and enjoy the day.
2.You are at your freshest.You can have photos taken just as soon as you are dressed and ready, at which point your hair and makeup will be at their best and no one will have had time to spill something on their wedding attire.
3.You have more time and control.You can have “The First Look” at a private place, with only the two of you, the photographer, and videographer who you trust to film the event. Or you can have all the wedding party and parents to be there to share your long waited moment, and they will make noises, cry, and cheer with you. Either way, you will have much more time to enjoy and take in the emotion.
4.It allows you to let your emotion out.Especially for people who freezes in front of a large group of people. When it is done at a private setting, you can be yourself easier and be able to express feeling more freely. You also get the time to really soak in the moment, to hug and kiss, and say: “You look amazing!” or “OMG! We are getting married!”
5.It gives the right mood to have an intimate bride and groom photo session.After that emotional time you two share, it will feel natural to do the bride and groom photo session right after. The love and joy after seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day will help you glow in front of the camera. Further, since you have more time, you can relax and have more fun photos taken.

~ April and Steven

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