It's certainly one of the most asked questions amongst brides-to-be these days: Should I do a first look? There are certainly merits to both approaches but if you are on the fence, allow me to give you some food for thought on the topic (full disclosure: we are pro-first-look).
1) A stress-free timeline: The one thing that all of our brides have in common is that they all want their wedding day to be as stress-free as possible. It just makes for such an awesome day when things flow easily and no one is in a rush. Can you shoot all of your family photos, wedding party photos and bridal photos (of just you and your new hubby) in 60 minutes during the cocktail hour? Absolutley. Is it stress-free? Absolutely not. If you plan on seeing one another before the ceremony, you have so many options to truly enjoy the day in a stress-free way because your timeline will allow for more photos to be taken ahead of the ceremony. It definitely allows for a more laid back day.
2) Crying should not be a spectator sport: In addition to being a romantic, Joey is a full blown crier. And not just a "shed a tear" kind of crier. He's what we refer to as an ugly crier. He hates it, but in all honesty, I love that he can show me that sensitive side of himself. There is nothing worse than having an amazing moment that brings you to tears and then becoming a bigger mess because 150 sets of eyes are staring at you. Whether you are a crier (or ugly crier like Joey) or not, there is no telling how emotional you might be when you first see each other on your wedding day. If you choose to do a first look, rest easy knowing you will be sharing this moment with the one person you love and trust more than anything in the world.
3) Spending time together on your wedding day: Without a first look, there is really no time throughout the day to spend time together as a couple, away from the hustle and bustle of all that comes along with a wedding. Trust me when I say that having a few minutes together as a couple, away from family and friends will be some of the most memorable moments you share together on your entire wedding day.
We feel so lucky to be a part of every wedding that we shoot and we can honestly say that there is no right or wrong answer to this question. So, whatever you choose, embrace it and remember that we are thrilled to be there to capture it all on camera.