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When I sit down with a bride I like to first talk to her about what kind of experience she wants to have that day. Your wedding only happens once and I as a photographer want to help you have the happiest day of your life and capture those moments.  

My one of the first things that a bride often says is about seeing her groom or not before the ceremony.  This article is about getting the best photos on your wedding day while having all the best experiences too. 

One of my favorite things to do is a first look with the bride and groom. Here are some reasons that I suggest you do one.  

1. An experience you will never forget:

It's the most important day of your life and you don't get to see each other until the ceremony but if you have this moment it allows you to connect with each other before the ceremony. It's about the two of you after all and you will be able to react verbally and emotionally. Here was my first look experience with my dad. Another thing to think about doing to make your wedding unique.

 Photo taken by the beautiful Laura Benitz 

Photo taken by the beautiful Laura Benitz 


2. It relieves a ton of stress and anxiety:

When you get to fully experience your groom for the first time it's not just for photos but it allows you to have a moment to yourself with out everyone else demanding you attention. The anxiety and stress you have been feeling from a crazy day of getting ready will be dissolved after he finally sees you! It gets the stress and jitters all washed away before the ceremony. Not to mention he won't be afraid to cry when he sees you for the first time, because he won't be standing in front of a crowd. (P.S He probably will still cry when you walk down the isle no matter what.) This allows to to take the ceremony all in stress free.

3. Portraits can be quick and as easy as possible:

Allowing you to get to your reception and just enjoy the rest of the evening after the ceremony. Your bridesmaids will be tired of standing and smiling and everyone is going to be ready to just have a good time. Allow yourself to treat your guests (especially if this is a destination wedding)  to the curtsy of hanging out and eating with you right after family portraits. You don't want them wandering where has the bride and groom gone?

Some other things to think about: 

What time is sunset? Ask me about the ideal time to have your wedding. Especially if it's outdoors!  Portraits before the wedding will need to have a scheduled in. So will portraits after the wedding! Don't forget to tell your family members who is expected to be in portraits and where to go after the ceremony. Trying to rally a hundred relatives after your vows is an insane mess...I don't want your wedding day to be an insane mess!!

Give yourself plenty of time to get ready! It ALWAYS takes longer to get ready than you think it might. This goes for the groom too! Also, is there travel time between where you will be getting ready and your ceremony location or where you want portraits done? Add this to your timeline.

I LOVE my brides and always am looking out for their best interest and experience on their wedding day. As your photographer I sit down with every bride and help her set up a timeline of events of the day to make it run smoothly without the pressure of running out of time for photos or fun.