MELISSA WEICKER | PHOTOGRAPHER
MELISSA WEICKER | DOCUMENTARY + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER
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FIRST LOOK

waaay back in the days of pre-arranged marriages, when marriage was a business deal between families - brides + grooms weren’t allowed to see each other before the ceremony. this was so the groom wouldn’t have time to back out of the wedding if he found the bride unattractive or unappealing. over the years, the tradition of the ‘bride in hiding’ changed into a superstition and seeing each other before the wedding was considered ‘bad luck’. nowadays, this tradition is being kicked to the curb by modern, super fantastic, photo-lovin’ brides + grooms everywhere! 

THE ‘FIRST LOOK’ BRIDE + GROOM SESSION

HOW IT WORKS.

the bride + groom get ready separately, just like normal.
when they're dressed and ready, the groom is taken to an awesome location and i get ready to capture the ‘first look’! the bride is brought to that same location and sent towards the groom. the groom turns to see the bride as she’s walking towards him...
at that moment, you will completely forget that i’m there but i’ll be capturing every smile, every tear, every laugh and every kiss. chances are, the ‘first look’ photos will be your favorites of the entire day. bad luck? that’s so last century.

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER DOING A 'FIRST LOOK' AND BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS BEFORE THE CEREMONY...

...we’ll have more time for amazing natural light portraits. if you wait until the ceremony, we’ll have no choice but to do all the portraits after the wedding ceremony. this is no problem if you’re having a late morning, early afternoon wedding but if it will be getting a little dark after the ceremony, our options for creative portraits will be VERY limited. having an extra 1.5 - 2 hours before the ceremony for ' first look' portraits and wedding party photos when there is still plenty of natural light makes for FABULOUS photos! 


…get to your reception quicker and greet your guests sooner! after your ceremony, most of your guests will head over to the reception. you’ll be excited and ready to go see everyone and might even feel bad for leaving everybody while you go to get photos taken. your parents will be telling you to hurry up, your groomsmen and bridesmaids will be ready to get to the party! getting all the photos done before the ceremony, when there’s no rush and nobody is waiting for you will be 150% less stressful. i promise.