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Planning your first look: for brides

The very first time you see each other on your wedding day. It’s one of the biggest and most important moments of the day… Do you want the first time to see each other be when you are walking down the aisle? Or do you want it to be more intimate, more personal and do a first look before the ceremony.
More and more couples are opting to do a first look and I’m a big fan of first looks.
Because it gives that much more time for that first moment of seeing each other but it also gives that much more time for couple portraits and family portraits. Because you can do all this before the ceremony starts. Which means after the ceremony you will have plenty of time to mingle and enjoy time with all your guests!

When planning your first look, I’d always advise you to talk to your photographer about this. What does your photographer need to create the most beautiful photos for you of this moment?
Everyone works differently but I personally always let light and the background rule when it comes to picking a spot for a first look. Where will the light be the most beautiful at that time of day and where will the backgrounds be the most beautiful to match the light and you in your glorious outfits.
I prefer shooting with backlight (the sun behind you) or in open shade, depending on the time of day the first look will take place.

Make sure you plan plenty of time for the first look and the couple portraits. It’s nicer to have 5 minutes to spare than to have to rush around, which is the last thing you want on your wedding day. You need to be able to not have to stress and enjoy the day to the fullest!

Try to keep the number of people very limited for that very first look moment. It’s an emotional moment (waterproof mascara will be a must this day, ladies!) and having a small and intimate group of people there will be nicer for you than having a huge group of people around you at that time.

And walking down the aisle after you’ve already seen each other? It will still be just as special and precious!

"Ever thine, 
ever mine, 
ever ours"