Good morning and happy #WeddingWednesday to you!! Today I have a very special guest post by a good friend and colleague, none other than the uber-talented Marie Papp, of Marie Papp Photography. Today she will be talking about the pros and cons of seeing each other before your ceremony.” So, without further ado, take it away Marie!!! Happy Planning!!
Pros of Doing a Pre-Ceremony First Look:
- It becomes a private moment where you can really take in each other. You will have time to savor the moment and be affectionate with each other. This is especially great for clients who are nervous to make an entrance in front of lots of people. It helps them feel a little calmer when the actual ceremony begins.
- You will have many creative options of where you want to have the first look. This can make for exciting photo opportunities. Your photographer can select backgrounds and lighting that will enhance the photography.
- You will be looking your most radiant at that time of day since your makeup and hair have just been done. When I take the photos after the ceremony and receiving line, my bride needs to freshen up after all those kisses and congratulations she has received from her guests.
- Once the portraits are done you can now enjoy the cocktail hour and reception. There won’t be any rushing to finish up the portraits so you can make part or all of your cocktail hour.
The Pros of Seeing Each Other At Ceremony for the First Time:
- For quite some time you dreamed of the day you would surprise your love and walk down the aisle and see them for the first time. It has been a dream and vision of yours.
- It is a very dramatic moment when you are walking towards your groom in front of your guests. The actual moment can be very intense and emotional. Your photographer can capture those authentic emotions.
Here is a quote from the lovely couple featured in the black and white photos above so you can get a real couple’s perspective on making this decision.
“I have to say being a bride who chose a first look before the aisle, I totally feel like I got the best of both worlds!!! We got our own private moment which was wonderful and the aisle was still incredibly exciting and emotional! It was such a great day.”
In any case, the decision is really up to you. It is often a photographer’s preference to have the photos taken prior to the ceremony, but it all does depend on scheduling of the day. If your cocktail hour immediately follows the ceremony at an onsite location, then you will have a very short time to do the photographs and you will most likely miss most of your cocktail hour. You will not have as many choices of several locations to go to for photographs. At that point I do recommend doing a pre-ceremony first look, but you should never feel pressured by your photographer’s recommendation, as the decision is ultimately up to you!! A good photographer can find a way to make it work.
Marie Papp is a Hoboken based photographer specializing in weddings & events, baby portraits, and headshots. Headshots include corporate, online dating headshots, actor and children headshots. Marie is available for travel worldwide. Marie is a certified professional photographer with over 20 years of experience. She has BFA in Photography from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Award winning 2013 and 2012 Love It Awards, 2007. 2008, and 2009 Best of Knot Wedding Pick. Marie’s work has been featured in over 30 magazines both regionally and nationally. Marie has a sharp eye for “Bringing out the Beauty in You”. Please visit Marie’s Website for more information and to see samples of her work: www.MariePapp.com