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The First Look

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Here it is, the 12th day of Christmas! We’ve had a blast with our 12 posts for the 12 days of Christmas. Thanks everyone for all the great feedback. We’re going to finish with just one picture but we need a bit of explanation first.

When planning our wedding 5 1/2 years ago one of things I couldn’t wait to see was Nat in her dress. The question of doing a ‘First Look’ was never considered. There was no way I was going to ruin the surprise of seeing her before the ceremony. If we saw each other beforehand it would’ve ruined everything! Or so I thought.

Not long after we started in photography we ran into some awe inspiring photographers like Jasmine Star who encourage all their couples to do a ‘First Look’ We weren’t sure what to think of the idea so we gave it a shot this year and were blown away at how absolutely beneficial the First Look is to the couple, the guests and the wedding  photography as a whole.

Here of a few of the pros of doing a First Look

– You get to enjoy seeing each other for the first time, take it all in and spend some quiet moments alone with each other. Laugh, cry, dance, whatever you want!

– You get awesome photographs of you and your soon-to-be spouse and have sufficient time to do so. The emotion captured during the first look is truly a once in a lifetime moment. Check out this reaction from Jared and Chelsea’s first look.

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– Having a First Look removes stress from your day. It allows you to have almost all of your photos finished up before the ceremony. Then you get to enjoy mingling with your guests and bridal party at the cocktail hour.

– You won’t feel rushed getting pictures taken after the ceremony. Most times there are only a few family portraits that remain… if any at all.

– When doing a First Look our couples often finish all their photos, have time to touch up hair and make up, hang out with their wedding party, have a drink or a bit to eat and relax in those last minutes before the ceremony.

There are loads of pros to having a First Look and we encourage our brides and grooms to see each other before the ceremony, but only if they’re up for it. If Nat & I could do it over again we’d certainly opt for the First Look. The most important thing is to have the time of your life! Often times people think there are rules to weddings (Groom cannot see dress before hand, Must toss bouquet, Can’t be seen together until the Grand Entrance), but we don’ really like rules all that much! So do what makes you happy! After all, it’s your special day :)

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

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