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Why you should consider a "first look"

I often get asked if I recommend a "first look" on your wedding day. The answer is always yes! For a few reasons. First of all, what is a first look?

What is a "first look"?

Having a "first look" is a modern wedding tradition that involves the bride and groom seeing each other before the ceremony. Traditionally, the groom would wait at the altar as the bride made her grand entrance, but many couples are now opting for a first look. Here are some reasons why you should consider a first look at your wedding.

Why you should consider a "first look" - bride and groom on wedding day

More time together

First and foremost, a first look gives you and your partner a chance to have some alone time on your big day. Believe me, your wedding day is going to be a whirlwind of activity, so it's nice to have a moment to just breathe and soak it all in together. If you have a late afternoon ceremony and you don't see each other until then, it means you will spend most of your wedding day apart!

Why you should consider a "first look" - bride and groom on wedding day

More time for portraits and time with guests

A first look provides more time for portraits. If you wait until after the ceremony to take portraits, you'll be under time constraints and may have to rush through the process. With a first look, you can take your time and get the shots you want without feeling rushed or stressed. This also means that you'll have more time to spend with your guests during the cocktail hour. And speaking of your guests, a first look allows you to actually spend time with them after the ceremony. You won't have to worry about being whisked away for photos while everyone else is enjoying the drinks and appetizers. Instead, you can join in on the fun!

Why you should consider a "first look" - bride and groom on wedding day

Timeline flexibility

Finally, a first look gives you more timeline flexibility, which is always a good thing. If things don't go exactly as planned (and let's face it, they rarely do), you won't have to worry about running out of daylight for photos. You'll have already taken care of them, so you can kick back and enjoy the rest of your day.

Why you should consider a "first look" - bride and groom on wedding day

Many people worry that having the first look will make seeing each other at the ceremony feel less special. But from experience, that ceremony entrance is always special and emotional whether you have a first look or not! So, to sum it all up, a first look is a great way to start off your wedding day. It's relaxed, intimate, and gives you more time to enjoy the festivities. It might just end up being your favourite part of the day!

Still not convinced? Reach out any time to chat!

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Hi, I'm Brianna

A Switzerland wedding and portrait photographer, available all over Europe and worldwide. 

My goal is always to always create photos that are classic and timeless. 


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