The first look is an amazing options for your wedding day-- it's a special and romantic addition to your wedding day celebration! I never tell my brides to do one way or the other because it is a personal preference, but I find that a lot of couples don't really even know what a first look is! It not only adds to the experience, but also helps reduce stress!
It's no secret that photographers love first looks, and wedding guests typically do as well! I just want to encourage you to keep an open mind and do the research before deciding one way or the other!
Not doing a first look at my own wedding is my only regret from the day. I thought I wanted to be traditional and not see each other until the aisle, but I know the moment could have been so much more emotional and intimate doing a first look! I was so nervous before my wedding and we were all super stressed to make sure all of the pictures that we wanted were taken!
A first look allows you to have intimate, alone time with your groom! It's an emotional moment that just you two will share, and it's incredibly special! This is a time to love on each other, to be able to actually talk to each other, and for him to tell you how amazing you look, instead of having to wait 30 minutes until after the ceremony's finished You can see how this would be a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity!!
By doing a first look, you'll receive at least 40% MORE portraits of you and your groom!! These are the images you are paying for, the one's you'll decorate your first home with and will guarantee you're getting the most for your money!
Thinking about doing a first look, but aren't completely sure? Shoot me an email and we can talk through it to make the best decision for you and your fiancé!!
Ashley Eiban is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Central Virginia. Serving Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Farmville, Richmond, Roanoke and surrounding areas. Available for travel world-wide.
Ashley has been photographing couples for over 5 years and is passionate about cultivating genuine relationships and images you can cherish forever. Currently booking a limited number of weddings for 2016 and 2017. Contact me today for additional information!