Last Updated on February 17, 2021 by vowsandpeaks

Traditionally, the bride and groom would not see each other on their wedding day until the bride takes her big stroll down the aisle. Unlike traditional weddings, I love incorporating a first look for couples into my elopements. For some couples, this is their first intimate, emotional experience as a couple on their wedding day and it makes for some amazing photos!

I was fortunate to share a first look with my wife, so I am obviously a huge supporter of this new “tradition” and I am about to dive into the reasons why you should do a first look on your elopement day. Check them out below!

First Look Georgetown Colorado Elopement


The couple and I will go over a few different location ideas before the big day where we choose the ceremony and first look spot . Fortunately, you don’t have to have your first look in the same location as your ceremony, this is amazing because it gives a variety of backdrops for the elopement photos!

The Bride or Groom will stand with their back turned, while the other partner will walk up from behind and give a tap on the shoulder (or booty grab, cover their eyes, hug from behind) and reveal themselves as the floodgates of emotions open where you smile, cry and soak in this first big moment on your special day! The photos below are from this Glacier Point Elopement in Yosemite.

First Look Yosemite National Park Elopement
First Look Yosemite National Park Elopement
First Look Yosemite National Park Elopement


An elopement is a day full of adventure, intimacy and emotions and your first look is the perfect opportunity to capture all those emotions in one scene! The emotions and excitement of seeing your wife for the first time in her wedding dress is one of the best moments of the day and is definitely one of my favorite scenes to photograph!

The anticipation of this scene is so magical, so make sure to take a moment to share a deep hug and take in these raw emotions together! The one below is from this Olympic National Park Elopement.

First Look Olympic National Park Elopement
First Look Olympic National Park Elopement
First Look Olympic National Park Elopement


Let’s be honest, nerves are the biggest downer on the days and hours leading up to your elopement. This is your big day and the buildup can get to anyone, but the first look can help calm these nerves. The first look really gets those early jitters out of the way when you’re finally reunited with your “rock”. The person you are about to spend the rest of your life with! The first look give you a chance to kick the jitters out of the way early, because honestly you are just so happy to see each other and are so excited that nothing else is on your mind. All your stress, jitters and nerves will gone by the time your ceremony starts! The photos below are from this Big Sur Elopement.

First Look Big Sur Elopement
First Look Big Sur Elopement
First Look Big Sur Elopement


Photography is one of the biggest parts of any elopement and the first look gives the couple the ability to choose a different backdrop than their ceremony spot. For elopements, these backdrops choices are unlimited and can be can be in a National Park in Yosemite, cliffside in Big Sur, a mountain in Colorado, or on the beaches of Oregon. It’s really whatever you want!

And because there isn’t as much pressure, these photos are natural and full of raw emotions. The first look will also add more overall photos for your to enjoy and look back on after your elopement! The below is from this Colorado elopement.

First Look Colorado Mountain Elopement
First Look Colorado Mountain Elopement
First Look Colorado Mountain Elopement


Elopement days are full of adventure and special moments between the couple. The first look really just gives you the chance to start your day off with some traditional elements before you say those big words. The first look is meant to help calm your nerves and be fun, so enjoy it!

First Look Colorado Elopement


My name is Sean, and I can’t wait to help create your adventure elopement! I’m a free spirit who has dedicated my life to exploring this wild world and connecting to the people in it.

I know firsthand what an important and personal decision this is—my wife and I eloped to Northern Ireland. You’re trusting me to capture this amazing day, and I make it my responsibility to make sure you have an incredible experience from start to finish.

My passion has led me here, where I can follow my heart and share my love for the outdoors with others on their wedding day. It’s truly an awesome experience, and I’m stoked every time I get to document your day.

When I’m not photographing couples, I love to go exploring with my wife and our corgi. Our dream is to own an Airstream and take Vows and Peaks on the road!

Sound like the perfect match? Reach out so we can get started on your epic elopement!

Colorado Elopement Photographer


These are so sweet! I love them <3 great ideas too!!

First looks are such a great way to relax and enjoy your wedding day! I’m so glad you shared this!

Aw, yay! I love this! First looks are THE BEST. Love everything you said and your images are stunning!

I love the one where the guy surprises the girl!! I totally agree! I would totally do a first look for my own elopement! And all these backdrops, I’m obsessed!

First look is always a good idea. I’m always trying to make this point to my couples.

First looks get me all emotional, ahhh these are so great! These are all the reasons why I did a first look <3

I love all the cute first look photos you included. And yes, I agree! It’s such a great tradition and it’s fun to look back on the reaction on your partners face in case you miss it in the moment because you’re looking at them!

I’m definitely convinced that this is a tradition that I want to incorporate into my wedding day. These photos are so touching! How special to have this moment captured.

YES!!! I 100% agree with everything you said. There are so many incredible reasons to choose to do a first look!

All the yess!!! First looks are always epic and a great way to connect with your spouse before the rush of exciting from the big day!

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