Reasons to Have a Chicago Wedding First-Look Photo Session

A first-look photo session will be a wonderful addition to your wedding album!

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Can you remember the first time you set eyes upon your significant other? That moment held so much importance within your life, and you may not have even realized it yet. There will be a point within your big day that will also hold such importance. The moment your partner lays eyes upon you for the first time in your full wedding attire will be one of your most memorable moments of your wedding day.

Some partners cry happy tears and others are left in a happy shock when they first see their partner. You never know what your partner will do until the time comes. There is a way, however, that you can guarantee that you will get to experience this moment in its entirety, without any issues. Creating a special moment for the two of you, before your ceremony begins, to fully see each other’s wedding attire will create an intimate moment. After all, could you imagine trying to see each other through a crowd of people? You will completely miss out on seeing their full expression and truly sharing the moment with them.

Here at Christina Wehbe Studios, as a Chicago wedding photographer, I believe that a first-look moment should be a necessary part of any wedding day for the happy couple to share such an emotional moment. That’s why I have put together some very important reasons to have a first-look photo session at your own wedding. To discover what these reasons are, be sure to continue reading:

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  • Minimize Risk on Your Big Day. Seeing each other in your full wedding attire is a crucial part of your wedding day. However, with so many things that could go wrong, such as guests walking in front of you as you try to make your grand entrance, bad weather, or children running down the aisle, the moment you see your partner in their full getup could be ruined. Minimize the risk of your “unveiling” by setting a special time before your ceremony for a first-look.

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  • Time Is of The Essence. If your wedding ceremony and reception are scheduled too close to one another, you may not have an ample amount of time to have family portraits or romantic photos captured. Having your ceremony at 5 then your cocktail hour at 6 and your reception at 7 for example will be with a price, you will either miss your cocktail hour and miss mingling with your guests to take the traditional family photos. Or, you will miss the opportunity to take romantic photos and fun bridal party photos. And, if you decided to take the cocktail hour to do those, you will give your photographer enough time to think and plan accordingly and they will take only the necessary basic shots without having time to look around and get creative.

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  • Photos Uninterrupted. Just as it can be difficult to see your partner as you make your way down the aisle, especially when confronted with unforeseen events, such as those listed above, your photographer will be met with these same circumstances. Instead of trying to capture two people on opposite sides of the aisle, your photographer can capture you and your partner together, sharing the moment during your special first-look photoshoot. This will be beneficial for you and your partner, as well as your photographer and your wedding photos.

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  • Calm Your Nerves. If you were to choose not to do a first-look photo session, your partner would see you for the first time as you make your way down the aisle. This is a lot of pressure to put on you. You are likely trying to ensure that every detail is perfect, from your walk to your attire. You can calm your nerves with a first-look moment. You won’t be stressed about your partner seeing you through the guests, or even your guests conversing as you walk by. You will get a special moment with your partner, ensuring that you see each other’s reactions clearly.

Here at Christina Wehbe Studios, as a wedding photographer in Chicago, I believe that a first-look photo session can be an unforgettable moment for any happy couple tying the knot, and these are just a few reasons why.