What You NEED to Know About the “First Look” on your Wedding Day!

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When we come to timelining our destination wedding events, one of the trickiest decisions our brides are asked to make is whether or not to include the famous “First Look”. Familiar with the concept? The first look is a pre-scheduled meeting between the groom and his gorgeous bride-to-be, shortly before ceremony time. The encounter generally relies on interaction not only between the happy couple, but also their photographers, who record the private moment for inclusion into the final wedding album. Why is the decision so tough? Let’s take a look and the pros and cons…

  1. It takes the pressure off! Many a nervous bride has benefited from a few moments of alone time with her groom before that nerve-wracking walk down the aisle. Having already seen his reaction to her dress, shoes and makeup, most are more at ease come ceremony time.
  2. It guarantees some gorgeous photos that are sure to be treasured for a lifetime. Any wedding photographer worth their paycheck will be familiar with the concept of the first look. The moment when the bride lightly taps on her groom’s shoulder to announce her arrival, and the emotion charged look on his face as he turns to greet her is something our photographers and their second shooters love to capture. The fact that the couple are alone means photographers have the time and space to capture the details, without being interrupted by the famous “Uncle Bob” and his iPhone mid ceremony.
  3. It speeds up the timeline. Getting some of the couple’s portraits out of the way pre-ceremony often means that the post-ceremony sunset session takes far less time! Brides who opt not to do a first look rarely have time to join their guests at cocktail hour. On the contrary, couples with a first look under their belt are freed up somewhat, and able to mingle with guests almost immediately after their ceremony is complete.

 

So what’s the flip side?

 

  1. Your hair and makeup must be completed earlier when including a first look into your timeline. This may mean a very early morning start depending on the number of services you have hired. Brides with large bridal parties having hair and makeup services, or those wanting to have a leisurely brunch with their nearest and dearest on the wedding morning often opt to forego the first look.
  2. The heat. Los Cabos is renowned for its “year long summer”, meaning temperatures are warm, warm and even warmer most of the year. With a first look generally taking place 3 to 3.5 hours before sunset, a makeup touch up may very well be needed after the first look and before the ceremony.
  3. Your guests (including Mom and Dad) aren’t present during the encounter, and many family members may be disappointed not the have been witness to the moment. On the contrary, brides choosing not to include a first look first meet their groom at the altar, with family and friends as witnesses.

 

Whether you choose to have a first look or go the more traditional route, timing is the key. Speak to your wedding planner well in advance to ensure the pre and post ceremony events run smoothly and remember, your special day will be beautiful either way!

Come take a look at some of our favorite couples that did their First Look!

 

First look at Cabo del Sol wedding planning by Cabo Wedding Services. Wedding Design by Cabo Wedding Services. PHotography by Pink Palm.

Bride and Groom doing First Look at Wedding Venue and Golf Club House Cabo Del Sol in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Wedding in Mexico, wedding planning by Cabo Wedding Services

Bride and groom kissing each other after doing First Look at Wedding Venue Cabo del Sol in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Blog about What you Need to know about doing a First Look

 

Pink Palm Photography

Wedding Venue at Cabo del Sol

 

Bride and Groom doing First Look at Wedding Venue in Cabo San Lucas Mexico The Cape by Thompson Hotels

Bride and Groom kiss at their First Look. This is a blog about what Brides need to know about doing a First Look.

Bride and Groom kissing after doing their First Look. This blog has all you need to know about doing a First look. The pros and the cons to what brides always ask themselves when they begin the wedding planning. This photo was taken at The Cape by Thompson Hotels in Los Cabos, Mexico.

 

Ana & Jerome photography

Wedding Venue at The Cape by Thomson Hotels

Last year we did Francesca and Andrews wedding at The Cape by Thompson Hotels in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This is a very popular Wedding Venue in Los Cabos. One of our favorite to work at. This blog has all you need to know about your First Look on your Wedding Day. This photograph was taken by Sara Richardson Photography

Bride and Groom posing in front of a wall the The Cape, by Thompson Hotels on their wedding day right after doing the First Look. They were able to get a great photo session with the Photogrpaher Sara Richardson prior to the Ceremony. This gave them time to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests.

 

Sara Richardson Photography

Wedding Venue at The Cape by Thompson Hotels

 

Bride and Groom at Villa del Arco doing First Look in the garden. They brought their own photographer from the US and had him do their photos and he did an amazing Job. His name is Jason Mize Photography. This is another great venue to get married at in Cabo San Lucas for your Destination Wedding.

This wedding was at Villa del Arco and the bride and groom decided to do a First Look at the hotel to get a lot of photo´s in before ceremony and enjoy cocktil hour with their guests. They used Jason Mize Photography and he did a great job! This Hotel, Villa del Arco in Cabo San Lucas Mexico was a great Destination Wedding Venue and the wedding turned out perfect.

Bride and groom getting photo session at Villa de la Estancia in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, right before their Wedding Ceremony at their Destination Wedding in Mexico. Wedding Planning by Cabo Wedding Services.

 

Jason Mize Photography

Wedding Venue at Villa la Estancia

 

Bride and Groom doing First Look at Wedding Venue Cabo del Sol in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It is a great Wedding Destination, from Small to large weddings, Los Cabos does them all.

Bride and Groom seeing each other for the first time before their Wedding Ceremony at Cabo del Sol in Cabo san Lucas, Mexico. Wedding planning by Cabo Wedding Services

Bride and Groom hugging after doing First Look at Cabo del Sol in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They were married at a Villa and had a Villa Wedding inside the cabo del Sol complex. Wedding Planning was done by Cabo Wedding Services

 

Pink Palm Photography

Wedding Venue at Villa in Cabo del Sol

Bride running down the stairs to do the First look with her future husband. Shari, the Bride, was so excited and so inlove she couldn´t wait to see the man of her dreams!

Groom seeing the Bride for the First Time before the Ceremony doing their First Look. The Wedding Venue is at Cabo del Sol, located in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Wedding Planning by Cabo Wedding Services. The Photographers were Ana and Jerome

Bride wiping away the Grooms tears as he sees her for the first time, minutes before the Wedding Ceremony. Ana and Jerome Photography took the perfect photo capturing the perfect moment of the Bride and Groom. Wedding planning and design by Destination Wedding Planner Cabo Wedding Services

Ana & Jerome Photography

Wedding Venue at Cabo del Sol

 

Groom waiting for his bride as she comes up behind him to see each other for the first time doing their First Look prior to the ceremony. This photograph was taken by Carlos Plazola

Bride and groom kissing each other and hanging out prior to the ceremony, just getting some together time. They were such a sweet couple and the ceremony took place at Wedding Venue Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos. Wedding planning and design by Cabo Wedding Services

 

Carlos Plazola Photography

Wedding Venue at Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos

Bride walking behind the groom at Hacienda Cocina and Cantina moments before the Ceremony. Julieta Amezcua was able to take the best photos of this couple in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Bride and groom just enjoying each other before walking down to the ceremony. Kelly, the Bride, had the prettiest bouquet and the best photos that day were taken by Julieta Amezcua

Julieta Amezcua Photography

Wedding Venue Hacienda Cocina & Cantina

 

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