The First Look
I recommend considering a first look if your timeline allows. All of our couples who have done so rant and rave about how this was the only time they got to really take in their wedding day and be "together" solo. The intimacy and realness in the tiniest moments together, without people pulling you in 100 directions is worth 1000 first looks as you walk down the aisle.
If you are absolutely set on seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony, we fully support you and your choice and will do our best to capture those initial reactions.
Here are my reasons for considering a first look:
Pressure is eliminated. Nerves are firing a mile a minute in anticipation, plus family and friends staring at you from the audience can really freak some couples out. Having the opportunity to say your own personal vows prior to the ceremony or to tell your significant other that you've both “got this” results in a much more relaxed couple come ceremony time. Nerves are replaced with excitement and a "let's do this" mentality
You will end up with more emotional/intimate photos: The reaction shot when your person walks down the aisle is fantastic. But what is more fantastic is having you both in the photo together feeling all the feels openly. A first look is more intimate, allows us to control the location and lighting for the best images possible, and you both react naturally rather than looking like deer in the headlights.
Your timeline flows better for guests. A first look frees up the need to have a period of 2-4 hours between your ceremony and reception, where (let’s be honest), people do not have a clue what to do or where to go. The day is less disjointed, and you get to enjoy all of the events as they unfold without worrying about everyone waiting around for you. Instead of running away after the ceremony avoiding your guests to ensure enough photo time, you can have a glass of bubbly and catch up with aunt Susan from two continents away.
Privacy. The moment you see your future spouse for the first time is an emotional and beautiful moment. Having it private keeps it that way.
TIMELINE: 15-20 minutes plus photo time after
Here are some photo examples of my favourite first looks