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First Look Ideas at Elliston

Today, first looks are becoming more popular whereas before it was seen as “bad luck” to see your fiancé before the ceremony. Nowadays we actually love the idea of a first look as it’s time for your significant other and you to take a private moment before the wedding frenzy commences. It is also a great time to get out any tears or last minute jitters before you walk down the aisle. It is a great emotional exchange that can be beautifully captured for your big day.

Elliston is a beautiful, picturesque property with tons of greenery that the different areas for the first look is never ending. The most popular spot for a first look is on the sidewalk on the south side of the mansion. There’s tons of greenery with the famous stone mansion as your backdrop. The only thing to be wary about with this spot is getting these photos done super early as it’s where the ceremony will take place and you do not want any of your guests seeing you beforehand.


Rachel Howden Photography


Sarah Dawson Photography

My personal favorite spot for photos and an amazing first look area is directly behind the mansion on the hill. Depending on how elaborate your dress is, I encourage all brides to take photos here because the pictures always come out so whimsical.


Caleb John Hill Photo

Another popular first look spot is behind the ceremony site on the grass above the stairs. It’s so green and the the flowers always look stunning.



Olivia Richards Photo

Another great spot that people don’t really think about is actually in our lower parking lot! How cute are they?


Margaret Austin Photo

Of course we can’t forget the mansion. We love the photos of brides walking down the stairs to her future husband.


Pearl Hsieh Photography


Serafin Love

We hope this gave you a better idea on unique first look areas around the property!

"Our event coordinator from Elliston was Madeline and she was AMAZING. Elliston has a beautiful setting with lots of water features, beautiful old stone manor house, gazebos, a perfect cocktail deck with gorgeous natural setting. The indoor event space has beautiful high ceilings with exposed light wood. On the day of the wedding food was actually better than our menu tasting!! The staff was amazing and made sure everyone taking family portraits after the wedding got a chance to try the hors d'oeuvres. So the venue is beautiful, the staff were very responsive, polite and easy to work with, food was great, and to top it off it was one of the most affordable bay area wedding venues. I want to make a shout out to Madeline who was beyond amazing on the day of. If anything went wrong, I didn't hear about it. She was always easy to get a hold of and on the day of placed all my decor perfectly. I even left placement of some stuff up to her and it turned out great! I can't recommend Madeline and Elliston enough. P.S. try the champagne - we're hooked!" - Pam & Ian - June 24, 2017