I’m Sarah, a wedding and newborn photographer based in Decatur, IL. I love to travel, so I service all of Illinois and beyond. I’m a wife and mom of 4 kids and 4 dogs! I love long trips alone to Target, cuddling under fuzzy blankets, and making memories with my family!
A hot topic these days with weddings is whether or not to do a first look. You may have pressure from family to do it the traditional way and not see each other before the ceremony, but today I’m going to give you some things to think about before deciding if you want a first look or not.
Timeline: You are investing a lot into your wedding photography. With a first look, not only will your timeline be more relaxed, you will also get about 40% more portraits of the two of you! Those are the images you are going to decorate your home with! Especially depending on the season you get married in, it will allow us to get most of the portraits done without having to rush and running out of daylight. Most of your bridal party pictures can be taken before the ceremony with leaves just family formals and and the dreamy sunset portraits. Bonus, you will also be able to catch the end of your cocktail hour!
Enjoy the surprise freely: You actually get to have intimate time on your wedding day with your future spouse! Most brides don’t think, you come down the aisle and SHOCK him with your gorgeous self…he can’t even tell you how amazing you look. He can’t embrace you, or really speak to you. You have to wait until the ceremony is over, and by then the shock has worn off. Then you will be rushed off for family formals.
Your only alone time the day of the wedding: First looks allow you to be together and alone on your wedding day! This allows for an intimate moment, which will likely be the only alone time you’ll have all day! You’ll laugh, and cry and laugh some more…and then you are in the perfect mood for some romantic portraits! Portraits can be a little rushed after family formals and it can be hard to get back into the lovey-dovey mood.
You’ll spend more of your day together: First looks actually extend your wedding day! Instead of not seeing each other until you are coming down the aisle, you will get the hang out with each other and your bridal party and enjoy them and have fun!
Diminish Nerves: If you are really nervous about walking down the aisle, a first look can help diminish those nerves! Sometimes grooms may not realize how nerve wracking it can be because they have never been in this situation before!
The emotion will still be there when you walk down the aisle: Some people think it just won’t be the same if he sees me before the ceremony, but trust me…seeing your future husband and him seeing his future wife walking toward him, there will still be emotion!
At the end of the day, I will always do what makes my couples happy! If a first look isn’t for you, thats ok! If you have any questions about first looks, reach out and I can provide options and advice!