What is it?
Do you already know what the mysterious First Look is? The First Look is wedding slang for seeing each other before the ceremony. The photographer arranges the Bride & Groom in a perfect way to capture the emotions that unfold when the wedding couple sees each other for the very first time that day.
Generally speaking, the Groom is waiting in a pretty spot, facing away from where the Bride will come from. The Bride then walks up to him and our happy Groom gets to see his beautiful (almost) wife in her stunning white dress. Tadaaaa ♥
How does it change the Timeline?
The First Look is definitely a huge game changer when planning your Big Day. If you opt to do a First Look we can add much more photography time into your day. We get to do a whole lot of Romantic photos of just you two, right after the First Look. Then we can plan to get all of your Bridal Party group shots done as well. This allows you to spend much more time with your guests at Cocktail Hour, because without a First Look, we have to do all of the group shots immediately following the ceremony.
It lengthens the day by about two hours which in return makes the day so much more relaxed for everyone involved. Plus – you will be much less nervous when walking down the aisle!
To give you a more visual example I drafted two timelines of a possible wedding day. We’ll pretend that all three parts (Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception) take place at the same location. To begin with, here a timeline without the First Look.
2:00 Getting Ready & Detail Shots
4:30 Cocktail Hour & ALL Group Shots (these take between 20-50min)
And here is a timeline with the First Look. See the difference and how much more relaxed the day will be?
12:00 Getting Ready & Detail Shots
2:00 First Look followed by B&G Romantics
3:00 Bridal Party Photos
3:45 Freshening Up before the Ceremony
4:30 Cocktail Hour & Family Group Shots (between 15-30min
What do you think? Are you going to do a First Look on your wedding day?
xoxo, Rahel ♥