(Closed) Brides who took 1st look photos at one site where the ceremony/reception was too

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4442 posts
Honey bee
  • 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
2687 posts
Sugar bee

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
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
3376 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
5773 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • 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
7564 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

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. 

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