WHY A FIRST LOOK IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY BEFORE YOU WALK DOWN THE AISLE



Are you going to cry when your soon-to-be spouse sees you in your wedding attire for the first time? I did. I bawled like a baby when I saw Nathan looking fine as heck in his sharp, black tuxedo he also bawled when he saw me all dolled up and in my wedding dress. Boy I am glad I did a private first look. I am not going to force my clients to do a first look but I will try to encourage you to do one. Here is why I am SO glad I did a first look.


ABOVE: Probably the coldest first look I have ever done. -20 degree windchill in the winter months of Billings, Montana


1. WE GOT TO TAKE IT ALL IN

Man. Wedding planning sure is stressful. You are probably thinking, well this is just another thing I have to plan. Yes. It is. But I promise it is so worth it. We were having a big, fat, Mexican/American wedding with a ton of people. It was nice to take this time with just me, my husband and the photographer and take a break from all the wedding planning/stress to be with the person who mattered the most. It almost felt like a mini elopement. But on a serious note, time seemed to stand still during that one-on-one moment with Nathan. I wouldn't have had it any other way!


ABOVE: Hayley and Winston took the traditional route and didn't see each other until their ceremony. His smile says it all "That's MY beautiful bride".


2. PRACTICE RUN FOR HAIR AND MAKE UP

I am so freakin glad I got to test my hair and makeup. I did love my hair and figured that after these photos, I wanted more dramatic looking makeup! I tweaked my hair a little bit too! After I saw the sneak peeks of the photos, I knew exactly what I wanted to do differently for the real thing!


BELOW: Aurie + Yen decided to do a first look in private just a few minutes before their ceremony. His reaction was PRICELESS. He was at a loss for words!


3. MORE PHOTOS OF YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE!

The wedding day itself can be super crazy and sometimes your wedding day does not go as planned or falls behind schedule. That is actually what happened to us! We did take a couple of bride + groom portraits when we got sealed in the Newport Beach LDS Temple but it all felt rushed and I was stressed out. I cherish the first look photos the most because we were not in a rush, we were giddy and it was all fresh. I am sure if we didn't do the first look, we would have minimal photos.


ABOVE: You can see in McLane's eyes just how pretty his bride is. These two got married a couple weeks after our First Look session together!


4. WE UGLY CRIED IN PRIVATE

As I mentioned in the beginning, my husband and I ugly cried. Neither of us would have wanted to be seen ugly crying in front of an audience and are pretty sure we would have concealed our true feelings and hold it together in front of the spectators. This is my favorite and most important reason to do a first look with your spouse!


In the end whether you choose to do a first look or see each other when you walk down the aisle, is good. As long as you are happy and you feel that your decision is right, I will fully support and capture those precious moments.



BONUS ROUND!!!!!

So many of my bride and grooms ask me this "So when do we do a first look before the ceremony?". There are so many different times this can happen! I think the sweet spot is 1-2 weeks before your big day! Then you can print one or two photos for your actual reception!


Some couples opt for doing it the day of the wedding right after I take your getting ready photos, and before the ceremony! The last possible chance to do your first look is when the bride walks down the aisle lol!


So what are you going to do??? First look a few weeks before? Day of? Or keep it a surprise until the ceremony??? I would love to hear what you are going to do (or already did) in the comment section!

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