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Wedding Day First Looks & Touches

A common question I get when talking with my couples and going over the wedding timeline creation for the day is "What is a first look & touch?" "Do we need it?" "How does it go down?"



WHAT IS THE FIRST LOOK?


A first look is an intimate moment before the ceremony that you share with someone of importance in the wedding. It doesn't have to be the groom! It can be with your mom, dad, brothers, groomsmen party, bridal party, children. Literally anyone you want. It is your day and we will add in or take away anything and create the perfect timeline for you!


DO WE NEED IT?!


You don't need it but it really adds to your final gallery of your wedding day if time allows it. It adds more raw moments for candid photos to cherish and paint the picture for your wedding day. It doesn't take much out of your day either. It's a brief moment and it always allows for a quick photo op before the ceremony. Especially, if you are doing your first look with your fiancé. It is a perfect opportunity to take some newly wed photos before the ceremony and saves time for after the ceremony. The goal on a wedding day is to live in the moment as much as possible and get all the necessary photos out of the way as seamlessly as possible.




HOW DOES IT GO DOWN?


Leave it all up to the photographer! We will set the scene with the best backdrop and lightening. Either the groom is facing away as the bride comes up and taps them on the shoulder or hug them from behind and I will just be capturing candids.


I have seen some weddings where they read a letter to their fiancé or give a gift. This is something I always suggest for a wedding day weather you see them before the ceremony or not.




WHAT IS THE FIRST TOUCH?


This is where the bride and groom don't want to see each other before the ceremony but still want a special moment together.


DO WE NEED IT?!


This is all up to you! I like to give all the information on wedding days and timelines and little moments that really add to your gallery to relive for a lifetime. You decide if it fits you or not.


HOW DOES IT GO DOWN?


Just like the first touch. I, or the photographer will set up the scene. For first touches it will most likely be by a corner at the venue to create the best composition for the photo and have you guys hold hands.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

You can also mix and interchange these however you want. Here is some photos from a final gallery where the bride and groom did a first touch & had their officant say a private prayer for them before the ceremony. Afterwards, we had the first look with her father before he walked her down the aisle. You can clearly see and feel the emotion from these moments and that is exactly what you want in your final gallery.












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