First Look Photography – Is it really worth it?

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What’s a first look?

First looks are relatively private moments where the bride and groom get a “first look” at each other, in their wedding attire, before the actual ceremony takes place. It’s typically a very emotional moment for the couple and usually produces some breathtaking photos. Pictures aside, it just gives the couple a beautiful moment to share with each other amongst the usual chaos of a wedding day.

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What’s the point?

Some of you might be wondering, “Why would I have a first look?” It might seem like you’re just adding more to an already packed day, but a first look definitely has its benefits. 

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The moment lasts longer

The feeling you get when you see your fiancé for the first time on your wedding day, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s an incredibly special moment, and you have the right to enjoy it for as long as you want. If you wait until the ceremony, the moment really only lasts from the entrance to the altar, then boom, the wedding starts and it’s over. With a first look, you get much more time to hug, hold and kiss each other, while the photographer captures all of it. Then once the two of you are ready, you can go on to take your wedding and family portraits before the ceremony starts.
Some couples worry that by having a first look, they risk ruining the moment at the actual ceremony. Trust me, when I say, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a couples cry at a first look and then cry again at the ceremony.

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Calms the nerves

Your wedding day can be an emotional roller-coaster. Those final moments before the ceremony begins, will almost 100% leave you feeling stressed or flustered. So by the time you actually made it down the aisle, you can be a giant bundle of nerves. Now while having a first look means an addition to an already hectic day, it can actually have a very calming effect. Sharing a moment with your spouse before the ceremony can help relieve so much anxiety! It’s like one deep breath of air before the final push. There’s going to be a big wave of emotion as you see your partner, but once that subsides you should start to feel more relaxed. And trust me, that relaxation definitely shows in your pictures!

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Get portraits out of the way earlier

In most weddings, once the ceremony is over, there is a brief cocktail hour for guests while the newlyweds, bridal party, and close family have to run off to take portraits. Now, you would think this is enough time for this to be done, but you’d be surprised at how rushed the entire process can be. Before you know it, time is up and you have to get back to the guests at the reception. By scheduling a first look a few hours before the wedding starts, there should be ample time for the photographer to capture the moments between you and your spouse, as well as, the additional portraits with family and the bridal party. You know what that means? When the ceremony is over, you get to enjoy cocktail hour with everyone else!

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Extra time to touch up for the ceremony

Now I wouldn’t wish this on any bride, but picture this. You decided that to wait until the ceremony to see each other. The ceremony has started and the two of you see each other for the first time. It’s a magical moment, but it quickly becomes overwhelming and before you know it, you’re crying. Not a few baby tears, we’re talking full blown ugly crying. You try to wipe away the tears, but all you end up doing is smudging your makeup. The ceremony is starting and there you are at your own wedding looking like a hot mess. Now picture the same scenario, but it’s a first look. You might still look like a hot mess, but thankfully you have another 20-25 minutes to go back and have your makeup retouched before the actual wedding starts. And like we said earlier, with most of the nerves out of your system, you’ll be so much more relaxed during the actual ceremony.

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Q: Does a first look cost extra?
A: No but it does add an extra hour or more to the photographer’s time

Q: How long will it take?
A: Typically one hour of portraits including first look

Q: Will I have time to readjust my makeup?
A: Yes

Q: Where do we take the pictures?
A: To be decided by photographer that day.  Game time decision

Q: Can our families be there too?
A: It’s recommended to be a private moment. Family can join later.

Q: Can we wear our rings for the pictures?
A: Definitely.

Q: Do we have to do family portraits after the first look, or can that wait until after the ceremony?
A: It is also recommended. This way you can enjoy 100% of your cocktail hour.

If you’re curious, here are a few first look portraits that I’ve taken over the years:

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For those of you who are curious about the idea of having a first look, I hope that this post gave you some good insight. Also, please don’t think that I’m trying to say, you absolutely need to have a first look done. If you and your spouse prefer to do things a bit more traditional, that is more than fine. It’s your wedding day and you have every right to plan it the way you want.

Lake Como – The Destination Wedding of your Dreams

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Planning a destination wedding, but not sure where to go? I’ve got your answer right here! Lake Como, Italy, is hands down one of the most romantic and picturesque places on the planet for a wedding!  It might seem like a stretch, but just keep reading and I’ll tell you why Lake Como is the perfect for any destination wedding!

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Unmatched Scenery

Due to its location at the the foothill of the Italian Alps, the area is blessed with some simply stunning views. Lush green hillsides, exotic plant life, snow-capped mountains, and of course, the vividly blue water of the lake itself. You’d struggle to think of a more picturesque location for a wedding. Even outlets like the Huffington Post, refer to Lake Como, as one of the world’s most beautiful lakes.

Several Options for your Ceremony

With a wide variety of different towns, and villages scattered along the shoreline of Lake Como, there are quite a few options for you to choose where your ceremony will take place. Smaller, intimate weddings can be held comfortably in one of the many villas/mansions that overlook the lake. If you’d prefer to be outside for your wedding, there are also several beautiful gardens that make incredible venues. As for those of you who are thinking about having a more traditional ceremony in a church, there is a Catholic Church as well as a Protestant Church that can host your wedding.

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Image above by Alain Martinez at Villa Erba in Lake Como

Amazing experience for your guests

One of the best things about a destination wedding, is that it leaves everyone with memories that will last them a lifetime.  Inviting your loved ones to share your special day in a place as beautiful as Lake Como, is something that will stay with them forever. If they chose to come a few days before the wedding, they will have the opportunity to take one of the many ferries that tour the lake, and get to bask in the charm of all the different towns and villages that surround it. Once they’ve finished immersing themselves in the rich culture and history of this magical place, they can start looking forward to the main event. Your beautiful fairy tale wedding!

Romantic Escape

Above all else, Lake Como is simply just one of the most romantic places a couple can pick to get married. There is just something about Lake Como that just emits love and romance. Maybe it’s just something in the water, but there is definitely a reason so many iconic movie scenes have been filmed here, and why so many celebs come here for romantic getaways. Whatever it is, there is no denying that there is something magical about this place and honestly, why wouldn’t you want it to be the venue for the beginning of your happily ever after?

If you still need more convincing, here’s a few more pictures from a wedding I shot in Lake Como recently at Villa Erba.

I hope that you enjoyed this article and that it was helpful to you. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to
get in touch with me and as always I’ll do my best to help you out!

Payal & Shangril Indian Wedding I of IV – Mehndi & Cocktail Party

Hello bloggers…

Today we want to share with you an amazing Indian wedding shot recently.  We’re going to  share it  in 4 different posts to give each part the attention it deserves.  First let me give you some vitals, the people that made this event possible.

Ceremony/Reception Venue – The Breakers Palm Beach,   Decor – The Design Studio at the Breakers, Hair and Makeup – Susmita Patel, Indian Items (mandap furniture, dohli, etc) – Suhaag Gardens,  DJ/Entertainment – Jay Dabhi, Baraat Transportation – Chariots of Palm Beach, Pyro – Sparktacular, Officiant – Ramesh Mehta, Wedding Day Stationary – Nicole Marie Event Studio, cinematography Ray Roman Films, Photography: Alain Martinez Photography, and bringing us all together – Jennifer J Events and her amazing team.

Enjoy part I

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Keep it locked here for more amazing pictures from the other 3 posts for this wedding.


Amanda and Erik’s wedding – Part III – The partAy

Welcome back bloggers…

Enjoy the reception and after party pictures from Amanda and Erik’s fabulous wedding.  Here are part I and part II if you missed them.  Enjoy.

Event Planning: Sara Renee Events, Cinematography: Ray Roman Films, Event Design & Venue: The Breakers, Flowers: Always Flowers , Church: St. Ann Catholic Church, Makeup: Kristin Brown


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Amanda and Erik I hope you enjoy these images forever.  You were lovely to photograph and I cannot wait for the next milestone in your life. Enjoy!

Sarah & Joe get hitched! Throw Back Thursday

Hello bloggers…

I’m reconciling with my abandoned blog and have created a schedule to blog all un-blogged work.  Today I’ll start with a throw back.  Sarah and Joe Haden.  I couldn’t blog this wedding due to negotiated disclosure agreements but now it’s been public a few times so we got the green light to blog it.

Joe Haden, cornerback for the Cleveland Browns married his biggest cheer leader and beautiful Sarah.  They had an amazing two part ceremony to honor her Persian heritage. Here are a few vitals before I share the goods.

Ceremony/Reception: Fontainebleau Miami, Flower and Decor: Blooming International, Event Production and Rental: Alpine Creative Group, Invitations and Menus: Vivian LP Designs, Entertainment: Libido, Makeup Ivan Pol,  Hair: Ryan Suhr, Videography: Utopia Video Productions, Photography: yours truly, Alain Martinez Photography, and bringing us all together and event designer Carrie Zack Events and Square Root Designs.



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I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as we enjoyed shooting the wedding.  Keep it locked here until the next one!  Have a great weekend everyone!