Deciding whether to do a first look is a very personal decision but has been growing in popularity in recent years. In fact, according to The Knot, a survey conducted in 2017 revealed that 44% of couples did a first look prior to their ceremony. We have certainly found this to be holding true in our experience of weddings held here at Koury Farms. So we’ve decided to share some of our favorite first look photo inspiration and first look location ideas.
First off, let’s discuss why you might want to consider a first look on your wedding day. The main reasoning behind a first look is that couple portrait photos and group photos can be taken during this time, before the ceremony. This frees up more time for after the ceremony, allowing you to enjoy more of the cocktail hour and spend time with your guests.
Seeing your partner before the ceremony can also help ease pre-ceremony nerves and it can be a special time to exchange personal, heartfelt words or gifts without the pressure of an audience. Sharing this intimate moment together can provide comfort and emotional support, which can help you feel more relaxed throughout the day.
The location for a first look is a personal choice that depends on your preferences, the overall theme of your wedding, and the logistics of your venue. Here are some first look location ideas for photos here at Koury Farms:
First set eyes on each other at the very spot you will host your wedding ceremony, under our covered pavilion. This is also a great option if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Our beautiful vineyards are one of the most photographed spots on the farm, featuring sweeping rows of Villard-Blanc wine grapes. This is a very romantic setting for a first kook within the vines.
Inspired by French countryside, we have plenty of romantic spots outside within the grounds of our venue, including lots of mature trees and shaded areas.
Our white barn wedding venue provides the perfect setting for rustic, elegant first look photos. Use the buildings and doors as props and screens for a first touch.
The key to making your first look special is to infuse it with your personalities, emotions, and the unique aspects of your relationship. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment that sets the tone for the rest of your wedding day, so make it a reflection of your love story.
If you prefer not to do a first look with your partner you could also consider first look photos with other people that mean something to you. These also make for some wonderful photos and magical moments to remember your special day. This could be when your bridal party see’s the bride for the first time or first looks with other family members or your parents.
Choosing the perfect location for your first look is a wonderful opportunity to craft a truly unforgettable moment on your wedding day.
September 11, 2023