Tips and Tricks for No First Look Wedding and a Ceremony on Site at the English Manor

Have you chosen not to do a first look and have that traditional first look moment when you see each other at the ceremony? Are you nervous that you might be crunched on time for your photography? Worry no more!! Here are some tips and tricks for a no first look wedding with an on-site ceremony.Of course, with no first look, we do not want you two to see each other before the ceremony begins! With that in mind, we need to keep you both separate, especially if your ceremony is on-site. Having no first look with an on-site ceremony might seem tricky, but fear not! It can be done!

The main idea is to keep both of you away from each other before the ceremony, this meaning we need to have designated photo locations for you two. Whether it be the same location with different portrait times or two different areas where we can photograph at the same time. These little details are crucial in making sure you do not see each other until that emotional walk down the aisle. Check with your venue that they can assist in coordinating this for you. See if the venue can offer two suites, one for each of you, that you can relax in while the other does their posed photos with family and wedding party.

By choosing not to do the first look, you will only have about 20 minutes to do your “romantic, just married” portraits. Make sure you have plenty of time booked with your photographer to coordinate your wedding party and family formals photos to take place before the ceremony. You will want to make sure that any photos that do not involve both of you can occur prior to the ceremony. By accomplishing most of your family and wedding party photos beforehand, you will be reducing the amount of time needed for these must-have photos post-ceremony. This will allow plenty of time for “just married” romantic portraits of the two of you.

Having good light is ideal with portrait photography, and depending on the season, portraits after ceremony might benefit you more. Different seasons and time of day may cast different lighting situations. After the ceremony, portraits have that just married glow to them as long as sunset has not happened yet. However, you might have to adjust your ceremony time, add more time to your cocktail hour our OR add photography coverage. If you do not want to add time or change the timeline, you might be missing some of the cocktail hour to capture your portraits together. If your ceremony takes place just before sunset, you may also want to consider that all of your just married photos will take place after dark. Keep in mind, photos taken after dark will have a slightly different “feel” to them than your engagement session photos. 

A BIG HELP: Opt for an extended cocktail hour! I mean, why not?! Who doesn’t love cocktail hour?? By extending cocktail hour 30 minutes, you are allowing more time for romantic portraits and ensuring that you will also be able to attend part of it. It’s a win-win!

In this blog, you will see (in timeline order) how the team at Limelight Entertainment was able to photograph a wedding with no first look and a ceremony on-site. With an extended cocktail hour, the day flowed PERFECTLY! We attribute that to an awesome couple who had amazing friends and family and a fantastic venue to help coordinate their day and execute their vision flawlessly! The English Manor assisted us every step of the way!

Congratulations to the beautiful Helene and Rob!!! Thank you so much for choosing Limelight Entertainment to Photograph and DJ your wedding day! We had a wonderful time celebrating this special day with you two and your loved ones!! 

Photographer: Correy DeWindt
Hair: Shannon Genovay
Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Maid of Honor Dress: JJ’s House
Tuxedo: Indochino
Groomsmen Tuxedos: Van Heusen
Officiant: Matthew Carney
Invitations: Self Made by Bride – Lauralene Creations
Bride’s Rings: Pavé Goldsmith
Groom’s Ring: Metal Crafted Jewelry
Classical Guitarist: Dylan Lloyd
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