Even after photographing over 1,200 weddings with 300 at city hall, I have not decided yet if I prefer the officiant to hide for the first kiss or just stand there. Everyone has a different idea on how to handle the first kiss at the ceremony and I am not sure how I stand on the issue. In the image above the Marriage commissioner chose to hide behind them, but as you can see, he is still visible. Other officiants will actually run out of the picture after telling the couple to kiss. In the long run, I think it is just better to keep things natural.