(Closed) Where did you take your first look photos?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
7276 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Commenting to follow! We are definitely doing a first look but we just need to figure out how…

Post # 4
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We did ours on the covered front porch of our venue, but had numerous indoor options as back-ups. I knew I didn’t want the normal bride taps on grooms shoulder thing, so ours was me coming through the front doors, which were very pretty and made for a nice backdrop.

Our friends did theirs on the steps leading from the 2nd to the 3rd level. There was a balcony type area on the 3rd level, so the groom walked 1/2 way up the steps, turned the corner, and there was the bride standing on the balcony above him. I threw that plan together at the last minute when they decided to do an unplanned 1st look, and it turned out pretty well.

Post # 5
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re doing ours either outside the church if it’s nice, or on the balcony of the church. The rest of the Wedding Party pics will be at a garden/lake area on a nearby campus

Post # 6
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We did ours by a pond on campus. It is such a pretty spot! It was really chilly but it made for amazing pictures. Photographers say that the best weather is when it’s grey out.

Post # 7
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

in the ballroom where we had our ceremony. I wouldn’t have changed it.

Post # 8
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Rosegold:  Yay Michigan!  My venue had three floors with exposed staircases, so I stood on the landing of the third floor and Darling Husband walked up to meet me 🙂  It also gave us some distance from our photogs to enjoy the moment and they could shoot from farther back without a problem.


It won’t work at every venue, but something to keep an eye out for 😉


Post # 9
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Rosegold:  ours were taken outside on a covered balcony even though it was about 48degrees and rainy. There indoor places were we couldve took them. But that’s what our coordinator and photag recommended. 


Post # 10
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Rosegold:  Yes, if I could have, I definitely would have changed the location.

I booked a gorgeous mansion with beauiful surroundings for my venue, and my expectation was that all of my pics would be taken outside. Unfortunately, because I arrived late to the venue due to distance and heavy traffic caused by accidents and the holiday weekend — combined with the fact that it was 96 degrees outside that day! — any and all pics of me with anyone prior to the ceremony (except for the few taken when I arrived and was walking upstairs) were captured inside the bride’s room.  They all have that as the background, and I wish they did not.

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