Updated: Dec 6, 2020
You are having your wedding next year so you've done your research, read my blog post "8 Reasons Why You Should Do a First Look on Your Wedding Day", and you love the idea of a First Look on your wedding day. BUT even though you love the aspects of a First Look, you still want that moment to happen during the wedding ceremony as you walk towards your future husband or wife. It makes sense, it really is an important, memorable moment.
As a wedding photographer in Campbell River, Victoria, and across Vancouver Island, I have seen a great deal of first looks. They really are beautiful to capture. But, there are many alternatives to those 'First Look' moments that have the benefits of those intimate First Looks. I want to share just a few of my favourites.
1. Write a Letter
A great benefit of intimate First Looks is the moments you share together before the ceremony. You get to talk about your nerves, excitement, funny moments that happened in the morning, all the champagne and fruit you've inevitably indulged in.
But if you don't want to see each other until the ceremony, you can share these thoughts and feelings in a letter to one another. It's a unique way to share in your excitement. I mean, a text could work too but you can keep these letters for a long time.
Tuck them away behind the framing of your wedding photos and re-read them over the years.
2. Pre-Ceremony Photos with the Two of You, Your Bridal Party or Your Groomsmen
Another benefit of a First Look is being able to get some photos taken beforehand in order to free up time after the ceremony. Technically you can still do this, just separately!
1) You can take photos with your wedding party before the ceremony instead of after. This will open up a ton of time post-ceremony. For example, as your wedding photographer I can take images of you with your maid of honour, each individual bridesmaid and then a variety of creative group shots. This is the same for the groomsmen too! That way, when we take wedding party photos after the ceremony, we don't have to spend much time with just the guys or just the girls, but instead focus on the entire group!
2) Let's take the two of you to an area where you can't see each other, but you can talk. For example, we can place you on both sides of a door and have you hold hands. This one doesn't necessarily save up time, but it does make for very sweet, emotional images and can often be humorous, plus it builds the suspense.
3. First Look But With Family
A first look is just as meaningful with a family member on your wedding day. It reminds me of that classic moment as a teenager heading to prom. You have your dress on, and start to walk down the stairs where your parents see you for the first time. It is such a special moment then, and almost more special on your wedding day. Seeing your parents react is a beautiful thing.
This could be with your dad (like in the images above), or your mom, brother, sister, best friend, really anyone you care about.
If you are still confused or indecisive, let's chat about it! Based on what is truly important to you, I can help provide some more ideas and options for planning your wedding day and getting that alternative First Look.
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