By Marley Bowers

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Tradition says that the bride and groom don’t see each other before the wedding. But let’s be real, the time restriction between the wedding and the reception can add extra, but unnecessary, stress. Having a First Look is the way to go if you’re worried about time, group photos, or (if you’re like me) you’re just impatient and want to see your man before the ceremony! I’m going to give you my Top 5 reasons why a First Look isn’t such a bad idea, after all.

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It’s a time-saver.

The day-of can be hectic, and opting to have the photographs taken beforehand can help save time and stress. This way, your ceremony flows right on into the party, your guests don’t have to wait, and you get to enjoy your cocktail hour. No more chasing down bridesmaids and groomsmen after the ceremony to rush through a photo-shoot, because you’ll have time to plan and get all of the shots you want! Plus – your hair and make-up will be fresh and flawless (because even the most waterproof of mascaras will run sometimes).

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Your walk down the aisle will still be just as special!

I promise it won’t take away from the moment your husband sees you walking down that aisle. In that moment, everything becomes real. Your relationship has been building up to this, and that moment begins the rest of your lives together. Nothing, and I repeat, nothing can take away from that. Walking down the aisle at your wedding is like a public, but silent, declaration of “I choose you,” and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime feeling.

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You get a sneak-peak of your (almost) hubby.

The First Look has become a ceremony itself. It is an intimate, private, and special moment shared between the two of you. Find a private and romantic spot (this could even be done at the alter) and have him face away from you. As you approach, he turns around to see his soon-to-be-bride for the first time. With just you and the photographer, you are free to have a moment to be with each other and prepare for what is about to happen!

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The photos always turn out incredible!

With the photographer in the room, you are able to capture the pure emotion of seeing each other for the first time, together! These images are priceless treasures that you can’t get during the ceremony.

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It’s a moment of peace and comfort spent together as a couple before you finally get married!

Lastly, and most important, it gives the two of you a moment to step away from the stress, the crowd, and the excitement to calm your nerves and spend a few moments together before you walk down the aisle. This quick but comforting moment will make the excitement and anticipation of the ceremony even greater.

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