Almost every couple that I meet at some point had a hard time deciding if they wanted to do a First Look on the wedding day, or not see each other before the ceremony. I can tell you, there are benefits with either way. It can be a very personal decision.
This is what I tell all of my clients:
1-A First Look gives you some quiet, private time to connect with each other without hundreds of eyes and cell phones pointed at you.
2-A First Look is a great opportunity to get photographs together when you’re both fresh and your entire outfit is in place.
3-A First Look leaves you more time after the ceremony to socialize with guests.
4-A First Look lets you take advantage of more daylight hours for portraits.
Here are photos of a winter wedding in Manhattan that included a first look. I was the 2nd shooter for a friend of mine, Matt Haines. We started at The St. Regis Hotel, had the First Look in front of De Beers Jewellry where their wedding rings came from. Then we dashed off in a hired car and went to our next location, Central Park, for more photos. Having photographed Manhattan weddings for the last 11 years, I can tell you this would have been a lot more complicated if we’d had family or bridal party in tow. But it was both leisurely and quick with just the bride and groom.
FILM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | Wendy G Photography