Your Wedding Is More Than a Photo Shoot
Many times as I'm working with brides on their timeline, often months in advance, the question comes up whether the bride & groom will see each other before the ceremony. In the wedding industry, for any future grooms who may be reading, this is known as the "first look". It's seen as breaking tradition for grooms to see their brides prior to the ceremony, but more and more couples are breaking this trend by choosing to see each other earlier in their wedding day. One of my favorite reasons for doing a first look is that it gives you more time together on your wedding day (and isn't that the point, after all?). Along with this, it frees up the time after your ceremony to go hang out with your bridal party and chat with your guests. I personally love it when the timeline allows the bride and groom to actually attend their cocktail hour. We always tell our couples, your wedding day is not intended to be a photo shoot. We absolutely want you to enjoy time with your family and friends who have gathered from near and far to support this huge milestone moment in your life.
The cocktail hour is a great time to chat with friends you haven't seen in a while, or relatives that endured that 18 hour road trip to make it there to celebrate with you. We cherish the moments we get to see where you can have meaningful moments with guests. This is often the best time of the day to capture the candid moments that will stand out among the rest of the photos. They pass in an instant, and we love to get the moment of the nose-wrinkling laughter with your girlfriends when you don't even know we're watching.
We always will encourage you to think about doing a first look, because it helps you enjoy and soak in the goodness of your wedding day. It's more than just a photo shoot - it's your once in a lifetime day to celebrate love and you should enjoy every single second of it!