It was love at first sight, at least for the wide-eyed young teen Elizabeth
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It was love at first sight, at least for the wide-eyed young teen Elizabeth.
It was love at first sight. It was at least love at first sight for the wide-eyed young teen Elizabeth.
The words "at least for" shouldn't be considered under any single syntactical feature. They don't count as a coherent unit.
What do count as coherent units are the phrases "at least" and "for the wide-eyed young teen Elizabeth". These are two separate prepositional phrases, each doing its own job.
As I parse these sentences, "at least" modifies "was" while "for the wide-eyed young teen Elizabeth" modifies "love at first sight".
We might regard the original phrasing as an example of ellipsis, where the missing elements of the second coordinate predicate follow the pattern of the first:
It was love at first sight, [or] [was] at least [love at first sight] for the wide-eyed young teen Elizabeth.
That the two prepositional phrases shouldn't count as a single feature is further supported when we reverse their positions:
It was love at first sight, for the wide-eyed young teen Elizabeth at least.
EDIT TO ADD: I think the later answer provided by Gary Botnovcan is more helpful for the OP than this one.
If you remove the 'at least' from the sentence, giving this:
It was love at first sight for the wide-eyed young teen Elizabeth.
... it looks to me that 'love at first sight' is the direct object of the verb 'was', and 'for' is a preposition introducing the indirect object of the verb.
My guess is that 'at least' is an adverbial phrase modifying the prepositional phrase which follows it.
I stress I don't know for sure. I'm answering partly in the hope others will comment on whether I am right - because I am trying to learn more about such things myself.