Should we have our photos done before the ceremony?
A ‘first look’ or ‘pre ceremony’ wedding portrait session is becoming a popular choice for Australian wedding couples.
First made popular in the U.S. because of tight timeline restraints between the ceremony and reception, couples sometimes opt to take their bridal portraits earlier in the day before the ceremony or even on a separate day.
It’s become more common here because a lot of couples want to be able to spend more time mingling with their guests after the ceremony, rather than disappearing for ages to take photos.
For couples who don’t mind breaking with the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony, but still want to capture the surprise and happiness of seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day, this is a great option to consider.
It still doesn’t spoil the emotion of the groom seeing his bride walking down the aisle towards him. That moment remains just as powerful, no matter how much time they’ve spent together before the ceremony, because the atmosphere is completely different when all of their friends and family are there witnessing the beginning of the ceremony.
In my experience, often couples are a little bit more relaxed and enjoy the ceremony even more if they’ve already met up beforehand!