Elm Bank, Wellesley Wedding: Jess + Chris First Look

Aug 4, 2010 | Weddings

I’ve had a lot of conversations with people recently about the first look, the time we set aside on a wedding day for the couple to see each other for the first time, before the ceremony, and enjoy some time alone together.  A lot of couples on the east coast don’t really like the idea of breaking with tradition, and I do understand that.  But … just look what you can get when you do have a first look – I can’t imagine any couple on earth not wanting photos like these …

In one of Jess’ very first emails to me, she wrote, “I love that you do the first look photo before the ceremony … I just love the emotion you get… I adore Jeremy’s expression when he first saw Ophelia.”  So, Jess – how did we all do?

After spending a little time shooting candids following the first look, we found a sweet spot in the shade for some portraits.  I apologize for the ridiculous size of this first image, but I love it, and I didn’t want to pair it with anything that might detract.  🙂

The kiss is a tricky thing to photograph – because the moment before is absolutely the best bit (when you’re watching, at least).  That third picture is … hot!  And possibly not quite safe for work.  Sorry about that …

And a few final photos of Jess and Chris before we were joined by the bridal party (yup, you guessed it – those will be along tomorrow!)


  1. Oh my goodness, this is just spectacular! I LOVE the location of their first look, does it get better than a wildflower field? GORGEOUS!

  2. We adore these! The first look was one of our favorite moments of the day; we’re so excited to have such fantastic shots of it.

  3. These first look photos are amazing! I get teary every time I see them!

  4. These pictures are stunning! I remember Jessica & Chris’s wedding being one of the most beautiful I’ve ever been to but these photographs are even more beautiful than my memories! Absolutely gorgeous couple, location, wedding, and photos!


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