The First Look! To Look or Not to Look….

I had this conversation with one of my brides the other day; ” to look or not to look “. For those brides teetering on the fence of tradition, considering seeing the groom before the wedding ceremony and thinking it might take a bit away from the ceremony, or simply not sure of the whole “GOOD~LUCK| BAD~LUCK FACTOR”;  consider the following:

  • A first look is a is private, romantic, and usually quite emotional moment between the couple, alleviating any natural anxiety before the ceremony between the couple or marriage in general.
  • More time for romantic shots! This is a big advantage because the more time your photographer has with you, the bride and groom, the more creative a photographer can get with the location, poses, etc.
  • Family members get to enjoy cocktail hour since all family formals are taken beforehand ( if you have your family present as part of the first look )
  •  The bride and groom get to enjoy cocktail hour a bit (with the traditional timeline, you are shooting the whole cocktail hour or several hours prior to cocktail hour)
  • Your photographer won’t have to try to squeeze family formals, all the bridal party together, and all the romantics into cocktail hour. With a traditional timeline, this usually causes a feeling of being rushed and usually results in less time for pictures of the bride and groom together. It may even result in missing the chance to shoot during the golden hour (the last hour before sunset and best light/most “romantic light”)
  • Once the ceremony is over, the bride and groom just have to worry about getting more shots of the two of  themselves and then party time! There is definitely more “flow” in ” a First Look ” sort of timeline.
  • Make-up and hair look “fresher” in the images shot before the ceremony (this is especially true in the hot summer months)

Now take a gander at these images of our lovely couple;  Telisha & Greg’s nuptials on September 28th,12 taken by the talented Zaheer @  Z.Molu Photography.  I think my narrative speaks for itself !

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The trend in weddings lately has been moving more and more into breaking traditions or making new ones that fit today’s savvy couples. Also, one of the reasons to set up a “first look” is to still have that moment captured of when you first see each other – although instead of it being in front of all your family and friends, you get to have a more private moment with just the two of you. In the end, it’s a personal decision between you and your fiancé ! Keep it a secret or include your closest family, after all, it’s completely your wedding day, your way!


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