3 reasons to not be traditional on your wedding day!

[cs_content][cs_section parallax="false" style="margin: 0px;padding: 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][cs_text class="cs-ta-left"]Traditionally, the bride and groom would not see each other before walking the brides entrance from down the aisle. This practice started many generations ago and, it was common that bride's and groom's actually met for the first time at their own wedding.[/cs_text][x_blockquote cite="Christopher Paul" type="center"]Are today's generation of millennials concerned about age old traditions at all?[/x_blockquote][cs_text]We would never advocate against a client wanting to uphold the tradition and wait for that moment. There is something special about that moment. My stance on what I prefer is very different. I think, if wedding day photography is important to you, a first look is the way to go! Here are three reasons you may want to consider breaking the tradition of waiting until the ceremony to see each other.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax="false" class="cs-ta-center" style="margin: 0px;padding: 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][x_image type="thumbnail" src="http://christopherpaulphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PM_firstlook.jpg" alt="" link="false" href="#" title="" target="" info="none" info_place="top" info_trigger="hover" info_content=""][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax="false" style="margin: 0px;padding: 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" class="cs-ta-center" style="padding: 0px;"][cs_text class="cs-ta-left"]1. The Cocktail Hour....! What does that mean? If you wait until the ceremony to see each other, the family images come right after and then, you head out for your creatives and wedding party images. Often times, when choosing to wait, you'll wind up missing most or all of your Cocktail Hour (a very expensive portion of your reception). We have found that today's couples are less concerned about old traditions and more concerned about how their money is spent. This is something they have planned and in most cases paid for themselves![/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax="false" class="cs-ta-center" style="margin: 0px;padding: 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][x_image type="thumbnail" src="http://christopherpaulphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DK_firstlook.jpg" alt="" link="false" href="#" title="" target="" info="none" info_place="top" info_trigger="hover" info_content=""][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax="false" style="margin: 0px;padding: 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][cs_text class="cs-ta-left"]2. Privacy! Of course, seeing each other at the ceremony , down the aisle from each other, is special. Everyone in attendance gets to witness your reaction and emotions of the moment. Wouldn't it be nice not to have to share that moment with anyone except your soon to be spouse...and, of course, your photographer? Seeing each other privately is also special! Our clients really get the feeling they are alone for this. We photograph the first look from a distance (out of listening range). We do this on purpose so the couple can share their thoughts and emotions without interference from us.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax="false" class="cs-ta-center" style="margin: 0px;padding: 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][x_image type="thumbnail" src="http://christopherpaulphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/AE_firstlook.jpg" alt="" link="false" href="#" title="" target="" info="none" info_place="top" info_trigger="hover" info_content=""][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax="false" style="margin: 0px;padding: 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][cs_text]3. Enjoy The Party! As I mentioned in #1, a lot of couples miss out on the cocktail hour and some parts of the reception off getting pictures taken. Doing a first look can completely overhaul your timeline so you are present for the entirety of your reception. The bulk of your photos are complete before you ever walk down the aisle. This frees you up to party like rock stars at your reception because you no longer have to worry about hair being out-of-place or if your make-up still looks good.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax="false" style="margin: 0px;padding: 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][cs_text]The images above show three weddings where the couples decided to do a first look. As you can see in the images, these couples really enjoyed this special time with each other. They got amazing images they otherwise would not have gotten and, each of them said... doing a first look eased their nerves for the rest of the day and really allowed them to enjoy the days events even more than they anticipated.

I guess that could be reason #4 to consider breaking tradition![/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]