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Benefits of Doing A First Look on Your Wedding Day

I often find couples either know for certain whether they do or do not want a first look, or they are unsure. So whether you have made your decision or are undecided, take a peek at the benefits of doing a first look to ensure your wedding day will flow the way you want it to!

A Winter Wedding First Look at Bittersweet Farm

Benefits of a First Look:

  • You get to spend MORE time with your partner on your wedding day! I know, sounds obvious right? But I find many couples don’t consider this when planning their day. Doing a first look allows for an average of 2 extra hours with your person on your wedding day! Whoop whoop!

  • More private time! Which is basically a non existent part of a traditional wedding schedule. This gives you time to talk, relax nerves, read private vows or even go for a walk. And from this point on, you get to spend the entire day together.

First Look Reaction
  • Photo Insurance Plan. Haha you may be thinking, what do I mean by this? There are things that can happen on a wedding day that are out of our control and cannot be predicted. These events can greatly affect the amount of time we have for portraits during a wedding day. -> In 2019, I was photographing a wedding where the ceremony ended up starting 40 minutes late due a guest transportation issue. With the ceremony delay, we were only left with about 20 minutes of daylight for wedding party and family photos. Luckily, this couple had done a first look earlier in the day which allowed for us to focus on the family photos in the 20 minute window!<-

  • Multiple looks to your photos! Should your wedding day flow correctly, you would have time for your first look photos prior to your ceremony and then be able to sneak out later in the day for some sunset photos! This also allows for us to use more than one location for photos!

  • You can mingle during cocktail hour! On average, couples who do a first look are able to enjoy 20-30 minutes mingling with their guests! Cheers to that!

  • Smoother Day! When doing a first look the flow of the day is much smoother and pretty much gets all your photos done before the ceremony! This means once the ceremony is over, you only need to capture family portraits and photos are done! You can enjoy the rest of the night having fun and truly being present with your partner and your guests!


When all is said and done, it is YOUR day! I am hoping the info above will help guide you to either doing or not doing a first look. Or, give you the confidence that you made the right decision!


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- Catherine & Justin

What stood out to me the most was that almost a year after our first meeting and leading up to the wedding she remembered some details that were very important to us on the big day.  We were never just numbers to her--she truly gets to know the clients she works with.  Our wedding day was amazing and she eased into our day effortlessly. Many family and friends commented how much they LOVED Lauren--from the bridal party, to our parents and guests.

"Puts you at ease."

- jessica & Derek

Lauren has a way of making you, and your wedding party feel very comfortable and making you laugh which really makes the classic "posed" pictures come to life.  It was really important to us to be present during our day and not to be concerned with the "details" and Lauren made that very easy.  She didn't force any photos and instead captured what was happening naturally.

"Perfectly Captured."

- Devin & Taylor

Lauren is absolutely the best! She made us feel so comfortable and we even had fun taking photos. Now let me just point out we are SO awkward and uncomfortable on camera and she did such an amazing job working with us to be comfortable and look good our photos look like something from a magazine we never knew we could even look good on camera and everyone who sees our photos absolutely gush over the photography and the amazing quality.

"Amazing Quality."

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