As a Minneapolis wedding photographer, there is one issue we see a lot of couples struggle with when planning out their wedding day. Should they do the First Look? Or should they stick with tradition and wait to see each other when they first walk down the aisle? As a Minneapolis photographer, I have worked with couples in both scenarios. While both ways can work well, there are a few distinct advantages to going with a First Look prior to your wedding ceremony. I’d like to highlight some of the big ones for you:

How Does it Work?

The First Look begins with some quiet time for just the two of you...alone. The walk down the aisle in a very public wedding ceremony would cause all eyes to be focused on you. Alternatively, your First Look, where you see each other alone before your formal portraits, is often extremely special for you both. You are able to exchange letters or gifts, talk together privately, calm your nerves and relax. This quiet time for the two of you helps you re-center and prepare yourselves for the day. It is amazing how couples are so much more relaxed once they have held their First Look!

Another Benefit

Another benefit of First Looks is that your hair and makeup are still fresh and you are still comfortable in your wedding attire. Often times, wedding days and wedding wardrobes can be heavy and hot, so people look less and less fresh as the day progresses. Seeing each other in top form will happen if you choose to do your First Look right away. You’ll also be fresher for formal portraits if you can work on those before your ceremony.

After the First Look

After the First Look time has finished, we spend some time taking portraits of the two of you together. These photos are the ones that most often end up on walls and in prints or albums. We like to take these photos alone, away from the bridal party and family members, to continue to capture candid emotions and moments together. It’s easier to relax and be yourself when you are not in front of an audience.

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Once your portrait time is finished, you are then able to regroup with the bridal party and family members and complete as much of your posed, formal group portraits as possible prior to your wedding ceremony.

Best of All

Once your ceremony is complete, another huge advantage of having done your First Look at the beginning of the day is that you are then able to spend all your time mingling with friends, family, and other guests and not forced to break away from the party for posed formal portraits. You are free to remain with the action for the entire night!

All-in-all, including a First Look into your wedding day, is an amazing experience and one I highly recommend! Feel free to contact Minneapolis engagement photographer Carina Photographic if you have any questions.

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