A trend has emerged on the wedding scene in these last few years, and love it or hate it, it looks like it's here to stay. We're talking about the "first look", or seeing your future spouse before the ceremony. We know this idea is a bit unsettling for those who tend to be a bit more traditional, but trust us when we say there are a few great reasons to consider it.
Reason #1: The ceremony and the sunset.
Many couples want their ceremony timed just as the sun has set. Once the sun dips behind the mountain, you will have roughly 30 minutes of soft, ambient light until your photographer will likely have to start using his/her flash. If you haven't seen one another before the ceremony, you will still need to take all of your family formals, bridal party portraits, and couple's portraits, with no guarantee that there will be enough light outside to do so. You can always move indoors or your photographer can use external lighting, but if you're getting married in the Palm Springs area, you know how deliriously beautiful our sunsets are, and you do not want to miss that golden light for your portraits! Consider doing a quick first look and a few couple's portraits 45 minutes-1 hour before your ceremony to take advantage of that beautiful light.
Reason #2: It takes the pressure off of you both.
Weddings can cause a great deal of stress for some people, and the thought of standing at an alter, or walking down the aisle with all eyes on you can be very nerve wracking. Having the opportunity to see your love before hand is a great stress reliever. You'll have to opportunity to touch, hold and kiss one another (and who doesn't want that?!) as soon as you make eye contact, instead of having to wait until the end of the ceremony. You'll get to talk about the dress, the flowers, how well his suit fits and how excited you are to become husband and wife. You'll also have the opportunity to warm up to the camera with your photographer...a win for everyone!
Reason #3: Less time spent away from your guests following the ceremony.
Family portraits are typically taken after the ceremony (as everyone is finally in one place), as well as any bridal party portraits that need to be shot. Having seen one another before the ceremony and having had the chance to take a few (or many!) couple's portraits, you will be able to join your cocktail hour/reception/guests sooner. You've spent a long time planning this party and you should get to it quickly!
Images by Ashley LaPrade Photography, Katie McGihon Photography and Ashley Durham Studios
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