First looks are one of my FAVORITE parts of the wedding day. The couple are seeing each other for the first time, right before they get married. There are tears, laughter, sometimes a "holy shit", and just a lot of really intense emotion. Traditionally the couple wouldn't see each other until the wedding ceremony, but first looks are switching this up. Why are so many couples doing first looks?
Calm your nerves.
The first look is so much more than that reaction on your fiance's face. That moment will be captured forever in photographs, but the opportunity to talk to your partner, to just bask in the anticipation of your marriage, is priceless. This is one of the biggest moments of your life - it's only natural to be nervous, scared, excited and happy all at once. The emotions can be overwhelming and the opportunity to see your partner before the ceremony can be very comforting.
Spend cocktail hour with your guests!
If your reception will be full of activities like most San Antonio weddings (dinner, then toasts, then first dance, mother/son dance, father/daughter dance, followed by cake cutting, garter and bouquet tossing, just to name a few popular ones) you might not have much time to talk to your guests. Without a first look, we'd be photographing family portraits, bridal party portraits, and photos of you and your spouse during your cocktail hour, drastically cutting down the time you get to spend with your guests.
Have a sunset ceremony and daylight portraits!
The main ingredient in any photograph is light - and after sunset there is no more daylight! I love incorporating different features of each beautiful venue into portraits of the couple but once the sun is down it can be very difficult to showcase your beautiful wedding venue in your wedding photographs. Very difficult meaning, in this case, not something you can expect to happen. Night portraits will still happen, because they're gorgeous, but they aren't the only portraits that you'll have. This is one of the biggest reasons I talk to all of my couples about doing a first look. Wedding timelines shift and are adjusted as needed on the wedding day, so let's do everything we can to make sure your portraits, the photographs that will be looked at the most from your wedding day, are the best they possibly can be!