Should I Have a First Look
Before the Wedding Ceremony?
| Wedding Photography Victoria BC |
This is a question I get from many couples, since first looks are becoming more an more popular in wedding photography. I always offer a first look, so I thought I’d help you make the decision by going through the pros and cons. In my professional opinion, there is something about the first look that truly captures the way you feel on your wedding day. Seeing your partner for the first time, all dressed up and ready to marry you, is a priceless moment. Whether this moment happens as you walk down the isle or as you enjoy a private moment pre-ceremony, I’ll help you make the best decision for your Big Day.
- Your wedding day will go by in the blink of an eye! There is always something to do and someone to see. If you have a first look, it gives you and your partner a few precious moments to yourselves. It’s always hectic after the ceremony, gathering friends and family for formal portraits and rushing away for your wedding party photos. A first look allows you to spend more time relaxing with your guests and you won’t have to worry about returning in time for your reception. Depending on the timing of your day, your first look can include your portraits as well as the bridal party portraits and sometimes even family formals. Either way, we’ll make sure you have some alone time with your fiancé to have the true first look experience! Since you’ve just finished your heat and makeup, both will still be perfection before the ceremony. Let’s face it – receiving lines are a heartwarming experience for any B&G, but tugs at your hair and smudging your makeup are inevitable.
- If you think you’re going to be super nervous on your Big Day, the first look helps to relax you. You will feel invigorated and ready to take on the ceremony! During the ceremony, it’s so hard to take everything in. It’s truly a fleeting moment, so capturing that same feeling before the ceremony gives you additional time to enjoy the walk down the isle and the quiet, intimate time beforehand.
- I promise, you will still take your fiancé’s breath away when you walk down the isle! With all of your friends and family watching, the moment will always be heightened and magical. It’s the kind of moment that just cannot be spoiled ♥
How Much Time Do I Need for Photos
If I Don’t Have a First Look?
| Wedding Photography Victoria BC |
Many couples opt out of the first look for a more traditional feel for their wedding day. If this is you, I’ve put together some minimum times you’ll need to schedule for photos after the ceremony:
- Family Formals: 30 to 45 minutes depending on your family size. Have a bridesmaid who is not immediate family (friends are totally family you choose!) gather your relatives.
- B&G Creative Portraits: 30-45 minutes for your newlywed shots plus another 30 to 45 minutes for your bridal party pictures, depending on the number of people in your party. Choose a location that is somewhat removed from your ceremony and reception areas so that you’re not distracted by guest activities. I love helping to choose locations, so feel free to ask for suggestions!
- If you decide to have photos taken offsite, designate a driver or two to transport you and your bridal party. If you are new to the area and need directions, you can always follow my brightly coloured car! If the location is 10 minutes away, schedule 15 minutes of travel time.
- It’s super hard to keep track of everyone’s whereabouts on the Big Day! Family, friends, and bridal party members often go missing. A little bit of wiggle room is always appreciated to account for this.
- Schedule 15 minutes after the reception, dancing, cake etc. for some beautiful evening shots. These are some of my favourites!
Please remember that these times are minimums, so if you have a larger family and bridal party, or if you want more creative photos for your wedding album, more time should be added. The average is 1.5 hours for photographs, not counting travel and miscellaneous time. Since it can be a long wait before dinner, I always bring snacks and drinks for my brides, just let me know if you have any food sensitivities ♥
Ebony Logins, Owner of Red Cedar Photography
Wedding Photography – Victoria BC