@laralove: Here is what we did!
After a hearty breakfast and a 5 mile hile in the mountains, we returned to our hotel room at 2pm.
We showered, snacked on a cheese/fruit/chocolate plate, and got ready together. The photographer showed up at 3:50pm (I felt a little rushed maybe anxious, but in reality 1:50 hours was enough time). When she showed up, we were not quite ready 100%. He was ironing his shirt, I was all ready to go – basically in my slip, bra and a fleece jacket – but not the gown.
The photographer had him go wait on the front steps of the lodge after he was ready. We were going to do a first look. After he left, she helped me get into my gown. H had seen the dress on a hanger, seen me all dolled up, but never the whole package! She got photos of me in the hotel room/on the balcony. Then told me to wait 10 minutes and come down and meet H at this one spot where we’d do the first look. It was very close to the ceremony location in fact. So she got photos of us each alone/waiting.
The first look took place (first time were were both all weddinged up together at the same time), then we walked up to the officiant and our two witnsesses arm in arm. I really liked this.
Because we got married on the grounds of the lodge, there was no driving needed, just walking through pathways.
While the first look wasn’t a HUGE surprised (the gown was hanging in the hotel room, I was done with my hair/makeup, I saw him totally dressed up already), it was really nice to get those jitters out TOGETHER, then to go into the ceremony space TOGETHER. I think that’s what the first look is more about – not the surprise reaction really.
Here are a few of our photos:
Will you have a photographer?
Are you OK with seeing each other together?
You could blind fold him and drive the both of you to the ceremony space. I saw photos of this on a blog once:
This couple got ready together and did not do a first look: