The ‘First Look’ is a hot new wedding trend that some view as a must-have, and others think is unnecessary. What is a First Look, anyways? The First Look is a special, private moment between the bride and groom that occurs early on in the wedding day before the ceremony. In this moment, the groom gets to see his beautiful bride-to-be for the first time. Your Charleston wedding photographer will set up the scene by scouting the perfect location. We will then have the groom turn around or keep his eyes closed, depending on the setting/scenario. The bride will then slowly walk up from behind him, tap him on the shoulder and he will turn around and examine the beauty before him…his beautiful bride. Of course, our wedding photographers are there to capture this special moment.
So you might be wondering, what is the benefit of doing a First Look? Aren’t we not supposed to see each other before the wedding? The major benefit of doing a First Look is that it helps the overall flow of the wedding day. Because you are seeing each other before your ceremony, this allows your Charleston wedding photographer to use this time wisely. We can then begin to complete portraits of the couple, photos of the entire bridal party and even knock out some of your formal family photos. Instead of waiting to do all of these important photos after your ceremony, this will allow you to have more time with your guests during cocktail hour and it won’t take you ‘away from the action’ for as long to make sure you get the photos you’d like. This assists in keeping your wedding day timeline and order of events on track! Also, if you are hiring a wedding videographer, this is an amazing keepsake to have filmed, to remember for years to come. With that said, we of course completely understand those couples who want to go the traditional route and not do a First Look. The moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle can be as equally priceless.