If you move to the second page of results (hidden link) the first post is featured here as well. I'd would like to adjust this so that the feature only displays on the first page of results and subsequent pages have just the three-column layout, is that possible?
This is how my loop looks:
<a href="[wpv-post-url]">[wpv-post-featured-image size="full"]</a>
<p class="meta">[wpv-post-date] - [wpv-post-taxonomy type="category"]</p>
The Loop will iterate over each set of items that you have on each page.
If you have a code in your loop that features the first post, for example, this will run in each loop iteration and hence be the same logic on all pages.
What you can try is to use an HTML condition, in where you check the current page, and conditionally display featured code or just the standard grid.
Simplified, this looks like this:
[wpv-conditional if="( '[wpv-pager-current-page]' eq '1' )"]
This HTML is used if we are on the first page and first item
[wpv-conditional if="( '[wpv-pager-current-page]' ne '1' )"]
This HTML is used for the first item on any other page
This HTML is used for all other items no matter the page