To do a first look or not do a first look…that is the question! First looks have become more and more popular in recent years. As Chicago wedding photographers, we strongly believe that couples should have a first look on their wedding day for a few reasons that you might not have thought of:
Your wedding day is a busy, busy day without a private moment in sight. Choosing to have a first look with your groom means you two will have a private moment together. You’ll have the opportunity to have a special, emotional moment together to let the reality of your wedding day sink in. Most of the day will be fast-paced with every second filled, but having a first look gives you the time to look into each other’s eyes for a few minutes and connect on your big day, without 100 sets of eyes staring at your every move.
Having a first look also drastically changes your wedding day timeline! Being able to see each other before the ceremony gives you more time together during the wedding day and means you can have all of the formal portraits over and done with before the ceremony. Instead of trying to squeeze in portraits of the two of you, bridal party photos, and family photos after your ceremony, you can sit back and relax after the ceremony. Having formal photos done earlier in the day gives your family more flexibility and freedom to roam around and celebrate at the reception.
Another reason you might want to do a first look is because most wedding galleries you see on social media or galleries have a first look. It’s likely that the wedding photos you have fallen in love with are from wedding days with a first look. First looks mean having more opportunities to take portraits of the two of you, so you’ll have more portraits if you choose to do a first look! We also have a few first look favorites to share with you guys that might convince you that a first look is for you!
We get it, waiting until the ceremony is considered traditional. The tradition comes from the days of arranged marriages, where couples would have to wait until they were at the altar to see each other. Because of this tradition, you may have always imagined your wedding day a certain way. It might feel strange breaking the tradition of having your first look as the bride walks down the aisle. Some couples choose to wait and we can still capture some beautiful photos of those special moments. If you are set on sticking to this tradition, no worries! It is your wedding day and 100% your decision. We will get amazing photos regardless 😉
On that note, please be assured that having a first look does not take away from the specialness of the moment. Even though we absolutely love first looks, your wedding day is unique to you and we are there to capture the day that you have planned! Whether or not you choose to have a first look, we will support you and make the best of your timeline so you can have the best wedding photos EVER!
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