(16) · Sunshine Coast & Surrounding Areas
Hi there, adding to the great responses already left here. Ive found the couples Ive photographed who have chosen to have a first look, to have found it a special moment, and it has shown in the images. These couples still enjoyed beautiful, emotional reactions at the isle.
I recommend having some private time together after the ceremony, a really valuable time to catch some fresh air together, have a laugh and a kiss privately as you are now married. A few minutes away from all the loving family and friends allows a reset to be able to return to the party and be present.
(48) · Canberra and surrounding areas
Whether or not you should have a "first look" – a moment where you and your partner see each other before the ceremony – is entirely up to you and your partner's personal preferences and the logistics of your wedding day. There are pros and cons to consider for both scenarios.
Pros of a First Look:
Cons of a First Look:
Ultimately, there's no right or wrong answer here. You should discuss this with your partner and consider what will work best for the two of you on your wedding day. If you decide to do a first look, make sure to inform your photographer in advance so they can plan the shooting schedule accordingly.
(4) · Sydney
A "first look" is a private moment between the couple before the wedding ceremony where they see each other for the first time in their wedding attire. It can be a special and intimate moment, and it allows the couple to have some private time together before the busy wedding day activities.
(0) · QLD
(6) · Melbourne
First looks are becoming increasingly popular in wedding photography, and they can be a great way for the couple to have a private moment together before the ceremony. From a photography perspective, first looks can also be a great opportunity to capture some beautiful and emotional photos.
However, some couples choose not to do a first look for various reasons. One reason might be that they want to maintain the traditional aspect of the wedding ceremony, and see each other for the first time as the bride walks down the aisle. Another reason might be that they want to avoid feeling rushed before the ceremony, as first looks can sometimes add an extra element of stress to an already hectic day.
Ultimately, the decision to do a first look or not should be based on the couple's personal preferences and what they feel will make their wedding day the most special and memorable for them. From a photography perspective, both options offer unique and beautiful opportunities for capturing special moments, and it is ultimately up to the couple to decide what will work best for them.
(1) · Melbourne
Hi. I did a first look recently with a mini couple shoot before the ceremony and the grooms reaction was priceless. It all depends on how you want to experience the moment when you and your groom see each other for the first time.
Doing a first look:
- It's more intimate
- The groom can have a very long look at his bride without the celebrant interrupting the moment
- You are more relaxed when you have the ceremony since you got most of the excitment out with the first look
- You get more confident with the photographer and being infront of the camera which makes the rest of the wedding photos more relaxed and not awkward.
If I have to sum it up I would say it's just a really special and intimate moment between bride and groom.
Not doing a first look:
- If you are looking for a very traditional wedding, I would suggest this route
- In my experience it makes the moment bigger when he sees you for the first time while walking down the isle
- The reaction from both bride and groom when they meet at the altar is a great reaction (there's usually tears)
Both scenarios are really special and it really all depends on how you want to experience the moment. I do not think you will regret doing a first look as it's just such an intimate and special moment.
From a photography perspective, I personally do not have an issue with either. I've done weddings with and without a first look and both are special in their own way.
Not sure if this helps at all.
(26) · Melbourne / VIC State Wide
Hi there, great question!
There are two main advatages of having a first look. The first is that you get to spend more time with your guests during the cocktail hour as it's during the cocktail hour that couples are usually whisked away for photos. If these are mostly all done, then, the cocktail hour can be spent mingling with your guests.
The second big reason is to make use of the light. This is most relevant for Winter weddings when ceremonies are scheuled for late in the day, you can opt for a first look before you run out of light.
A first look is certainly gaining in popularity, approximately 30% of the weddings I do, the couple opts for a first look. The main disadvatange I see, is that's a a less "traditional" approach. This may not sit well with familes of the older generation or for cultural weddings where it's not the norm.
There are no right or wrong answer, do whatever suits you and your parnter best. And good luck!
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