Need more reasons for taking first look photos? Ask and you shall receive. (And many thanks to The Things We Would Blog for helping me with this list).
- You still get the impact of seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day. Sometimes couples are concerned that they'll be losing the "wow" factor of seeing each other for the first time as the bride walks down the aisle. But you're still about to get married. The moment is HUGE.
- The two of you can experience that moment in private and really relish it with each other. A bride I'm working with, whose wedding is coming up in the fall, said she'd much rather do some first look photos because otherwise she'll feel awkward once she gets to the altar to marry her man, because she'll want to chat with him in the excitement of the moment. You can't really do that with your guests looking on as the ceremony begins. You can do it with first look photos!
- You'll get to your party faster (as I mentioned earlier), and thus feel less rushed and less stressed. The photos you have to take during the cocktail hour will diminish significantly if you can take bridal portraits as well as bridal party photos before the ceremony instead of trying to squeeze them in with all your post-ceremony family portraits.
- Perhaps a smaller reason in terms of the big picture of the day, but your hair and makeup look fresher if you do portraits before the ceremony instead of after!
Here are some of my favorite first look shots; my ultimate favorites are the ones with tears involved (what can I say? I'm a sucker for an emotional groom).
And, if you still really, really want to wait for the ceremony to see each other for the first time, you can still take first look photos. There is no shortage of cute ideas for taking photographs together without actually seeing each other.
What is your opinion on first look photos? Will you be doing them for your wedding (or did you do them at your wedding)? Why or why not?