Thanks for stopping by the blog! I'm Whitney, wife to Romain, dog mom to Daphne the dapple dachshund and Howie the polka-dotted pittie, photographer of tasty food, storyteller of vows and promises and archiver of all kinds of love.
Thanks for stopping by the blog! I'm Whitney and my husband, Romain, and I are a wedding photography team based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. We are excited to share our recent work and a little peek into our lives!
You’re engaged and you’re in the beginning stages of planning every little detail for your big day! One of the big questions that your photographer and planner will ask you is if you are interested in sharing a “first look”.
So what is a first look and what’s all the hype? I’m here to provide some education today! Basically, a first look is setting up an intimate time before the ceremony for groom to see his bride in all of her beautiful glory! A lot of concern is that this takes away from the “traditional” aspect of the wedding day, but first looks can really impact your day in terms of timeline, number or portraits and even your nerves. I’m sharing some of the benefits with you today and you can find even more of this goodness in our bridal guide!
With a First Look, you’ll receive almost 40% MORE portraits of the two of you and you’ll make the most out of your photography investment.
You actually get to have intimate time together on your wedding day. Most brides don’t realize that when you come down the aisle, you have to wait until 30 minutes later when the ceremony is over for him to react, tell you how amazing you look and have a moment together. Often, 30 minutes after of the ceremony, the reaction isn’t the same as the initial first glance.
First Looks allow you to extend your wedding day. Normally the wedding day would start when you come down the aisle, then the ceremony would end, you would rush through portraits so that you’re not late for the introductions and then it’s reception time. With a first look, your wedding day is extended by almost 3 hours!
First Looks allow you to be TOGETHER and alone on your wedding day. When Romain and I saw each other, not only was it intimate, it was our only time to be alone the whole day! When you have just shared your first look, you’re READY to love on each other, and I always capture some super sweet images during those moments!
Please know that we would never want any of our couples to feel pressured to go with this option. However, we do want to make sure that we share all of the benefits of a first look, because there is a reason so many of our couples do this and LOVE it!
Enjoy this season of planning but also remember that your marriage is more important than the wedding and know that no matter what decisions you make, at the end of the day you will be married to your best friend! Continue to make time for one another, even with all that needs to get done.