First Looks are a trend that have developed into a modern wedding tradition in their own right. Not only do these pre-ceremony portrait sessions allow couples a special moment before the vows, they also offer practical perks like saving time away from guests between ceremony and reception.

We love how our couples have used various spaces across the grounds as the backdrop for these pivotal–and emotional!–instances. Nothing is quite like the smile of a bride as she taps her groom on the shoulder, or the look in his eyes when he turns around! See some of our favorite First Look moments captured by local wedding photographers here at Hardy Farm.

Kate Crabtree PhotogrpahyDaniel sees Rachel for the first time in the Barn [Photo: Kate Crabtree]

maine-barn-wedding-venue-nh20-900x600Anne SkidmoreByrdie sneaks up on Damon in the garden [Photos: Anne Skidmore]

M StudiosNo peeking! Bryan waits for Kelly in the Barn [Photo: M Studios]

barn-wedding-in-maine-05-899x600Love looks like this! Justin and Mary in the Barn. [Photo: Callan Photo]

summer-barn-wedding-maine-nh-19summer-barn-wedding-maine-nh-21-900x600Love birds, Courtney & Justin, in the garden. [Photo: Eric McCallister]

Spring Smith StudiosMatt gives his bride, Lauren, a twirl. [Photo: Spring Smith Studios]

Emily DelamaterEleanor and Aaron exchange love notes. [Photo: Emily Delamater]

Maine Tinker StudioHannah and Josh in the Barn. [Photo: Maine Tinker Studio]