This couple's classic New Orleans wedding took place at the historic Beauregard-Keyes House in the French Quarter, with the ceremony being in the garden adjacent the house, and the reception in the spacious courtyard behind it.
But first, the couple shared their first look, also referred to as a first glance, or a reveal. This is when the couple has chosen to see each other before the ceremony, usually with just the two of them (and the photographer, of course!) present. In addition to making for a beautiful series of photographs that are inevitably among the favorites of the wedding day, many couples enjoy sharing this special moment just between each other. Additionally, it can often make for a significant improvement in the logistics of the event (with a corresponding reduction of stress!), since it enables us to get most or all of the formal group shots done before the ceremony, allowing the newly married couple (and their family and bridal party) to proceed to the reception without delay as soon as the ceremony is over.
For weddings with ceremonies scheduled to begin near or after sundown, a first look also enables us to get these group shots, along with portraits of just the bride and groom, with the benefit of natural light to work with, which otherwise would not be available. This is especially a factor for Fall and Winter weddings, when sunset can be as early as about 5:00. Sometimes the first look occurs at the same location as the wedding, while in other cases we use a different spot. In this instance, the garden where the ceremony was to take place was perfect.