first look

To see or not to see!

The First Look on Wedding Day

One of the first and most important thing I discuss with my wedding clients is if they are going to see one another before the ceremony.  It’s the number one determining factor which decides the timeline for your wedding day.   I would like to start by saying it’s your wedding day and I want you to have it your way.  Most of my clients elect for a first look.  A first look is when I take the bride and groom to a private location and take photos while they are seeing one another for the first time vs them seeing one another during the ceremony for the first time.  I have found the first look has many advantages.  The biggest I have found is the reaction to seeing one another in a private setting allows for a much more natural and emotional reaction to one another. The second advantage is that the first look allows for a majority of the bride/groom, and wedding party photos be taken before the ceremony allowing you to get to the reception faster. If you’re a true traditionalist and want to wait, I will make it happen.  It takes a bit more planning and knowing that your guest may wait a bit longer between your ceremony and reception.  The plan would be to photograph the groomsmen and bridesmaid in two separate groups before the wedding and then do a few quick photos after the ceremony.  But we still will need an hour of time set aside for bride and groom photos.

About Mike

Mike Franklin is an award winning wedding photographer located in Spokane WA.