A few weeks ago I second shot for my friend Danyse of Danyse VanDam Photography. This wedding was the first time I was able to photograph a First Look- and it reaffirmed by love for the whole idea. This is fairly new in the wedding world, but it’s quickly catching on. Why?
1. It gives the bride and groom a moment to themselves before the ceremony, a chance to see each other for the first time and to talk without an audience. I love the emotion of that moment between just the two of them. It’s really the only time you have to be alone for most of the day.
2. It ensures that the bride and groom will have their portraits done together without being rushed, and while they are still freshly made up. It also gives a better flow to the whole day, as guests do not have to wait between the ceremony and reception.
3. Many brides have said that doing a First Look gives them a relaxed, calm feeling before walking down the aisle. The big moment has happened (seeing your husband-to-be), and the ceremony is a time to relax and take it all in.
I really wish this was something I had thought of on my wedding day. I didn’t really get a chance to talk to my husband until we were in the car on the way to our pictures. I would have loved to have a quiet moment to talk and just BE together. If you are getting married, definitely consider doing a First Look on your wedding day!
Here are a few images from Jim & Yvonne’s wedding day- thanks for having me along Danyse! It was a lot of fun!