First-look photos are all the rage for wedding couples across the globe. This exploding trend is a wonderful way to capture the raw expression and pure emotion associated with seeing each other for the very first time on your wedding day. While more traditional and/or superstitious brides and grooms may not want to see one another before the wedding, no one can dispute how unique these pictures are. And our guests who do opt to go for it tell us time and again how beautiful the experience was with just them and a photographer to capture this special moment. We are proud that our venue offers a multitude of ideal locations to help you create your own timeless keepsake.

They may not be traditional, but first-look wedding photos are becoming very popular. It’s still entirely up to you whether or not you want to uphold the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride until the ceremony, but if these photos are any indication, a first-look is a beautiful way to start off your married life.

The instant a bride and groom first lock eyes on their big day is incredibly romantic — whether or not it’s done in private before you say “I do” or as you make your grand entrance into the ceremony. If you’re concerned about the groom’s expression being any less excited when he sees you walking towards him to exchange vows, don’t be. Most guys will still get teary-eyed in the moments before they say their big moment. And since he’s already seen you in your wedding dress, he can appreciate the crystallizing realization that he’s about to become the luckiest guy in the world even more. Read more at

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Benefits of Pre-Wedding Photo Ops

How many weddings have you been to where the couple and the entire bridal party are gone for hours after the ceremony to complete their photos? Perhaps you went back to your hotel or met up awkwardly at some relatives’ house waiting for the newlyweds to arrive. Oftentimes, the reception is already in full cocktail hour before the couple shows up. More brides and grooms prefer to book at least a portion of their photos prior to the ceremony. This break with tradition will ensure that you have extra time to mingle with your guests and be involved with your own wedding.

You can experience one of the most romantic moments of your day in private.
“First-look photos give you a moment in your crazy day to tell each other how much you love each other in private,” explains Carleigh Babiak from Carleigh Babiak Photography in Manitoba. This alone time will allow you show your true emotions and maybe get some tears out before the ceremony.

You won’t miss cocktail hour.
Scheduling first-look photos before your ceremony saves valuable time that you can spend actually enjoying the party you spent so long planning. Schedule your family and wedding party shots directly after your first-look photos before the ceremony and then you’ll be able to proceed to cocktail hour with the rest of your guests! More details at Wedding Bells

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Our Immaculate Grounds Provide Perfect Photo Ops

At Swan Manor we take great pride in our beautiful landscaping. Our grounds have a variety of spaces both indoors and out that will suit your first-look photos and all of your group shots. Come visit Swan Manor and let us escort you throughout the property so you can make note of the locations you love for pictures of you, your family and friends. Having some ideas in advance will help you maximize your time with your photographer.

Look through magazines and online and decide which poses and fun DIY ideas you want to incorporate into your photo shoot. Make a detailed idea list of photo options and have fun with your creative side. Thinking ahead will ensure that you create a wedding album to be proud of. Our experienced staff is always happy to make recommendations if you need some inspiration.

Check out the wedding packages on our website. Then, get in touch with us today to schedule a meeting and tour. We are here to help you have the most spectacular wedding possible. Call 704-776-2530 or use the contact form here on the site. We look forward to hearing from you.