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The pros and cons of a first look on your wedding day

The first look is a relatively new phenomenon in the wedding industry, but it's quickly gaining popularity. A first look is when the couple sees each other for the first time on their wedding day before the ceremony. This can be done in a private moment or in front of family and friends. While some couples swear by the first look, others prefer to stick with tradition and see each other for the first time at the ceremony.

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Johanna and Gerald opted for a first look at their beautiful summer wedding last year, this worked out perfectly giving them time to embrace each other privately before their guests arrived. We had around 30 minutes to capture their portraits and walk around the grounds of the venue before their ceremony. With guests being a big focus on their wedding day it was important to spend as much time with them as possible and not disappear for long periods of time to take photos. If this sounds like you then perhaps a first look could be the right fit for your timeline.

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Pros of a first look:

1. Calms Nerves: Seeing your partner before the ceremony can help calm your nerves. This can be especially helpful if you're feeling anxious about the wedding day.

2. More Time for Photos: Doing a first look means that you'll have more time for photos. This can be particularly important if you have a tight timeline or if you want to take photos in a specific location.

3. Intimate Moment: Doing a first look can be an intimate moment between the couple. It's a chance to have a private moment together before the hustle and bustle of the wedding day.

4. Ceremony Reaction: Doing a first look won't detract from the ceremony. In fact, it can enhance it. Seeing each other before the ceremony can make the ceremony even more emotional.

Cons of a first look:

1. Breaks Tradition: Some couples may prefer to stick with tradition and see each other for the first time at the ceremony.

2. Less Suspense: Seeing each other before the ceremony can take away the suspense of the moment when the bride walks down the aisle.

3. Time Constraints: Doing a first look can add extra time to the wedding day timeline. This can be a challenge if you're trying to fit a lot into the day.

4. Family and Friends May Miss Out: If the first look is done in private, family and friends may miss out on the emotional moment.

So, should you do a first look at your wedding? Ultimately, the decision is up to you and your partner. Consider the pros and cons carefully, and talk to your photographer and wedding planner to get their input. Whether you decide to do a first look or not, your wedding day will be special and memorable.

I hope this helps you when creating your timeline <3

Chloee x

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