First look location ideas

While we know this is a heavily debated topic, at Monte Bello, we are on board for the first look trend. While it is not the most traditional way to see each other for the first time on your wedding day, we find that our couples that plan for an intimate first look, and factor their photography plan into their timeline, experience less day-of stress and are able to fully enjoy the entirety of the celebration they’ve planned (instead of rushing to take photos during cocktail hour). Furthermore, you get to spend more time with your beau on your wedding day and many couples take this opportunity to get even more intimate, by sharing private handwritten vows with each other before the ceremony.

Several of you have asked for our recommendations on where is the “best, most Instagram-worthy spot” to have your first look at Monte Bello, and the truth is, there isn’t a single answer. Check out some of our suggestions below and let us know if you’ve found a hidden gem of your own!

ON THE BRIDGE BY THE WATERFALL

Abbey_RJ_Portraits_4Abbey_RJ_Portraits_11Abbey_RJ_Portraits_14Abbey_RJ_Portraits_22Ron & Abbey August 2018, photos courtesy of Lauren Sims Photography

LindaPhil_w_136_R4S_5746LindaPhil_w_155_R3S_7662LindaPhil_w_170_R4S_5811Phil & Linda September 2018, photos courtesy of Photography by Roland Gozun

Loukota-0200Loukota-0201Justin & Vicki July 2018, photography by Amy Aiello Photography

01020111Justin & Lauren August 2018, photos courtesy of Joy Lyn Photography

IN THE GARDEN

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Annie _ Dan Wedding-097Annie _ Dan Wedding-098Annie _ Dan Wedding-105Dan & Annie October 2018, photos courtesy of Ed & Aileen Photography

IN THE FOREST, AMONG THE TREES

684JASONADRIANPHOTOGRAPHY-Stephanie&Kyle-730013Kyle & Stephanie August 2018, photos courtesy of Jason Adrian Photography & Stephanie Pana Photography

Stephanie+MikeMonteBelloEstateWedding-216Stephanie+MikeMonteBelloEstateWedding-226Michael & Stephanie October 2018, photos courtesy of Jas + Paul Photography

THE POND AND DOCK

Luke and MichalaLuke and MichalaLuke and MichalaLuke & Michala September 2019, photos courtesy of Dana Ann Photography

BY THE GARDEN CLOCK

TJ_Wed0225TJ_Wed0230TJ_Wed0238TJ_Wed0247Jake & Tricia September 2018, photos courtesy of Greyes Photography

ON THE PATIO OUTSIDE THE GROOM’S SUITE

AutumnAndBrandon-295AutumnAndBrandon-304AutumnAndBrandon-305AutumnAndBrandon-313AutumnAndBrandon-315Brandon & Autumn July 2019, photos courtesy of One July Photography

BY THE WILDFLOWER PRAIRIE

3D8A59263D8A58863D8A58523D8A5967Erik & Katie August 2017, photos courtesy of Dana Ann Photography

50568687_10161467487130637_348565230617362432_o.jpprairiegprairie50454664_10161467486330637_2107759396695048192_oMatt & Mary November 2018, photos courtesy of Jennifer Boris Photography

IN THE COCKTAIL LOUNGE

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Casey_Jay0273Casey_Jay0276Casey_Jay0277Jay & Casey October 2018, photos courtesy of Layla Eloa Photography

Hopefully this sparks some inspiration for you as you continue wedding planning! Which is your favorite? Should we add to our list? We’ll be compiling another blog post soon filled with our favorite photo opportunities both inside and outside… Stay tuned!