While editing weddings I'm always very curious as to which photos will become the ones that the couple chooses to print. I wonder which ones will be framed for their loved ones to see, the ones their most proud of.
For me, the absolute best part of any wedding is photographing the groom's face the first time he sees his bride. There's no other look like it, nothing compares to his look. Whether it be a fully flushed out face in pure amazement, or shock and then tears. It's always been my favorite look since I was a little girl. Those photos are the ones that we have framed in our home.
First looks have become more and more popular in the modern photography/wedding world today. It's just the couple, a photographer and videographer if they have one. They are the most intimate moments that couples get on their day, before being surrounded by their closest relatives and friends. So taking a moment to enjoy just being with each other makes for a more memorable occasion and really great photos.
Personally I would strongly suggest first looks to every couple planning their wedding day. But for those who want to stay traditional, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I've photographed weddings that are traditional in that sense and the grooms face is still just as pure. It also gives your guests a chance to see that special moment as the couple does. Your guests get to be surrounded by love and there is something really special about that.
So if you're planning your wedding currently, what is your plan? A first look, something traditional or a mix of both?