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A wedding is a milstone in anyones life, the one day of pure love and joy that a couple will remmeber for a lifetime. One of the most memorable events of the day is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time.  For a brief moment, all of the nervousness and anticipation disappears and the couple enjoys an emotional connection that they’ll cherish forever.

What Is A First Look Session?

The first look is a modern tradition where the couple getting married see each other for the first time prior to the ceremony. The first look allows couples to share this special moment together in a more private setting, unlike traditional weddings where the couple plans to see each other during the ceremony. Below are our 5 reasons why you should consider doing a first look on your wedding day:

1. Calm Your Nerves!

If you are the type of person that get nervous around crowds, you don’t like being the centre of attention or if you get anxious easily then a first look is a great option for you. Time and time again we see the stress fly away just after the couple see each other for the first time. It’s like a weight is lifted off their shoulders and the rest of the wedding day becomes so much more enjoyable. 

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2. Eliminate The Risk 

Try to think more logically and less emotionally about your wedding day. The reality is that a wedding day only happens once. Despite all the planning your wedding day timeline is not guaranteed to fall perfectly into place. There are a lot of moving parts that you can’t control. Like bad weather, people running late, traffic jams, a setting sun, etc. The list goes on and on for the potential of what could possibly go wrong. So instead of betting against the odds try planning things out with as little risk as possible.


If you decide to do a first look, it means you can get all your pictures done and out of the way before the ceremony. So after the wedding all you have to think about is attending your own cocktail hour and mingling with guests who are eager to congratulate you. It also provides you with a back-up time slot to finish your portraits just in case something held you up earlier in the day.  

3. Get That Alone Time

Ironically, a first look is one of the very few moments in the day where you’ll get to enjoy each other’s company. The rest of your day is filled with family and friends that can’t help but share their love and excitement with you! This is also the perfect moment to do your couple photos without worrying about your guests or time constraints.

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4. Get More Photos in Better Locations

The biggest factor that influences the quantity and the variety of wedding photos that you receive is time. Having a first look allows you to schedule as much time as you need for your photos before the ceremony without having to make compromises due to time constraints. You've probably spent a year working on Pinterest, pinning all those wedding photos that you love. With a first look you will have the opportunity to select any wedding location that you desire; whether it be a beach, a hilltop or somewhere in the city, regardless of where your wedding venue is, because you will now have time on your side. 

5. Spend More Time With Your Guests

"Your wedding day will go by so fast!" This is't an overstatement. There is so much activity and so many things to accomplish on your wedding day that taking it all in just isn't possible. Doing a first look will give you the opportunity to buy back some of that time and allow you the oportunity to relax and enjoy your wedding day. With all of your formal photos done, you can do something seemingly unheard of: actually, enjoy the cocktail hour, celebrate with the rest of the guests and engage with the people you love the most.

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