Post # 1
Please share with me how you made your first look photos private/special etc!
I’m probably taking all first look, couple, and family photos on site at our venue. But…. I didn’t really want the family etc around to be there watching us for the first look/bride&groom photos. I feel like it’s a private moment and also we’d be more comfortable in front of the camera without an audience.
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@virgomasala80: We took ours on the third floor of the building our venue was in. The venue was on the 2nd floor so family was busy setting up and getting ready down there 🙂
Post # 4
I’m commenting because I’m searching for ideas too. Ceremony and reception will be at our house. I’m not sure if we could pull off a first look with everything going on in the backyard and ground floor. So far, the best idea I have is to do it in our music room on the 2nd floor of our house, which is where my FI proposed to me.
Post # 5
We just made sure to do them pretty early in the day, so that the rest of the family and guests would have no reason whatsoever to be at the venue. And then we told everyone in no uncertain terms that our photo time was going to be private and they were NOT INVITED. Haha the bridal party was there watching part of the time, but otherwise we had all the privacy we needed!
Post # 6
I’m going to have the same problem. No solution yet. It depends a lot on your location. Do you know which area you will be taking the pictures? Is it possible to find a good location/background that is kind of out of the way, so nobody will stumble into you during the first look? Other than that, the only idea I have is having your bridal party stand guard haha!
Post # 7
Well we eloped, but I was adamant about getting first look photos done and being separate while we got ready. We did them on the staircase above the beach where we were married and just walked down from there.
I would recommend just doing them early enough in the day like iarebridezilla recommended so that none of your guests will want to butt in. If anyone does see you guys taking pictures, tell your photographer that he/she has full permission to tell people to go away in the nicest way possible, haha.
Post # 8
Our ceremony was at 5 and we took our first look pictures at 3:30. Basically no one else was around except the photographer and wedding planners, and the wedding planners made sure to keep everyone else away (everyone else = my parents and the bridal party, cause those were the only people there).
Post # 9
I’d ask the venue for suggestions and take them well before guests start arriving. I definitely ran into 80% of my guests before the ceremony. Oh well, it was nice to greet everyone individually so I didn’t feel as much pressure during the reception.
Post # 10
Our ceremony is at 4 and our first look is at 2:30. We’ll have enough time for first look and couple/bridal party photos before we get some family photos before the ceremony.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We did it while most people were in their rooms getting ready themselves. We ended up with a few onlookers, but we really didn’t care. There wasn’t a single thing that could have made that time less special, not even a few giggling girlfriends. <3
Post # 12
We took our first look photos outside around the back of the hotel. I didn’t invite any family or friends. We were also all finished about 30 minutes before the ceremony so we missed most of the guests. It was also good to have some down time before the ceremony.