Dear Couples, if you need a few reasons to do a first look, here are eight really good ones …
When we first met Laura and Brad we had a wide ranging conversation, including different ways to schedule your wedding day to get the best possible photography and at the same time enjoy the day to its fullest. One of the options that we proposed (the option that we generally recommend most highly) was for Laura and Brad to see each other before the ceremony and that we document this first look. This accomplishes a number of goals — it allows our couples to have a private, emotional moment together without being the centre of attention; it provides ample time for photos (wedding days have a tendency not to run on schedule and photo time is eaten into); and it gives them time to enjoy their cocktail hour with family and friends after the ceremony (instead of spending more time with yours truly). We explained this to Laura and Brad. Laura was emphatic — absolutely not. We can respect the decision to stick with tradition, so – it was the last time we raised it. Farther into their planning, Laura contacted us to let us know that they were seriously considering a first look. A little while later, it was decided. They would do a first look. It just made sense.
Although they would be married at the beautiful, rustic Pinestone Resort in Haliburton, Laura and Brad would see each other for the first time on their wedding day on the dock of Brad’s family’s cabin nearby. Such a beautiful location, on the lake, in the woods. There were many happy tears and a lot of smiles. Later they told us that the first look helped them relax and it got the nerves out of their systems. From our standpoint, the images were striking.
Much more to come, you two. Thanks for trusting us — you look fantastic!