Traditionally, the groom sees the bride for the first time when she walks down the isle. However, more and more couples are choosing to see each other before the ceremony and we think this is an option that is seriously worth considering.
While we are super happy to photograph either option, we do feel there are great advantages to doing a first look. Here are our top 3 reasons:
1 - Having some "you" time. Between the hair and makeup, preparation, ceremony and reception, the bride and groom actually have very little private time together. Doing a first look, before the ceremony, offers a private moment between the bride and groom were you get to fully appreciate each other, take everything in, before the rush of the day takes over. Of course, Frédéric and I are there as well, but we stand back, with telephoto lenses, to avoid being in your bubble and to allow you to enjoy each other fully.
2 - Fresh hair and makeup. Since it's earlier in the day, your hair and makeup are freshly done and perfect for the photos.
3- Be with your guests at your cocktail. This is likely the key reason why most of our couples choose a first look. Your family and friends just saw you get married to the love of your life, they haven't had the chance to say hi yet since they saw you for the first time as you walked down the isle, and off you go with the photographer for your portraits. Cocktail hour is a great time in a wedding. It's your chance to enjoy a more casual moment with your guests, and hey, tying the knot definitely deserves a glass of champagne!
FrédéricM Photographie - Montréal wedding photography - Photographe de mariage