One of the more stressful parts of a wedding day is fitting all of the photography in! While the majority of the day Pat and I stay out of the bride and groom’s way, there’s times when we need to take the reins for pictures of the couple, wedding party shots and family photos. If you’ve ever been in a wedding, you know how hard it is to wrangle people in when they just want to be partying and having fun….and why wouldn’t they? That’s all I want to do!
One of the best ways to fit everything in and leave more room for the fun stuff is a First look. A First Look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. It’s a little untraditional but creates the best moment ever! Pat and I will place the groom in a private area, face him in the opposite direction, have the bride walk up to the groom and have her tap him on the shoulder to turn around and see her for the first time as a bride. The reaction photos we get from this are so genuine. I love that moment. Plus, it’s the one spot in the day where it’s just the bride and groom sharing some time alone…besides the paparazzi that is us hiding in the bushes!
The second benefit to the first look is that we can take the bridal party shots and even the family shots before the ceremony if there is enough time. This means that you can actually enjoy cocktail hour instead of worrying about rushing pictures. We do pull the bride and groom for about 15 minutes depending on how the light is and get some shots of the 2 of them.
It’s basically a win, win situation. Pat and I will be doing a First Look at our wedding. I have to say, I initially felt a little hesitant to do it when I said we would; but now I’m excited to do it since we’ve seen how nice it really is to do by experiencing it with some of our couples.
I’ll be putting up a new post next week about the wedding day timeline since we get a lot of questions on how to layout the day!