First looks are a growing trend in modern weddings. If you're unsure whether or not you want a first look to be a part of your big day- perhaps debating between the traditional view regarding the bride and the groom seeing each other before the wedding and the desire to veer off the traditional path- here are a few things to keep in mind.
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There are a number of positives to think about when considering whether or not to do a first look. Most importantly, they're adorable, and those few special moments together will create all kinds of fabulous pictures that you might not get otherwise.
Getting pictures of the two of you before the ceremony will also provide for more time to have fun with your guests at the cocktail hour and reception, even if you save the professional pictures with your families and bridal party until after the ceremony. Considering all the time you spent deciding what to serve your guests at cocktail hour, wouldn't you like to enjoy some of those yummy appetizers, too?
Doing a first look would also give couples something else they may not get much of during their big day: time alone together. Think about it: during the whole rest of the day, you're surrounded by people- parents, bridesmaids or groomsmen, your officiant, your wedding planner, that annoying cousin who seems like she's always hovering every time you turn around, and all of those well-meaning loved ones who want to wish you both well- and there's not much time for just the two of you, an opportunity that doing a first look can provide.
On the other hand, there are times when a couple might choose not to do a first look. If you're firm in your belief that a couple shouldn't see each other before the bride is walking down the aisle, for instance, or even if you believe it's bad luck, then you should probably skip the first look. If you're still unsure, you can always ask your Baltimore photographer.