This guide contains a valuable of information and is meant as a way to get the most beautiful photos on your special day.
If you already have made an investment to have us capture your wedding, then this will help you understand our process and allow us to go above and beyond your expectations. By using just a few simple tips, you can get results that are more outstanding than you imagined.
Allow plenty of time during preparations.
If the above is completely out of the question then at least allow for two hours before the ceremony for pictures. Make sure everyone arrives on time to begin pictures with the bride and also with the groom.
• All flowers need to be delivered to the correct location for group photos with bridesmaids.
• Boutonnieres need to be pinned promptly as soon as they are dressed and ready.
• Family of the bride and groom should be ready before the ceremony to get as many photos as possible.
• Utilize your time with us. The best pictures are always from before the event begins.
See each other before the wedding.
Now at first thought everybody says absolutely no to the idea, but then most couples start thinking about the benefits of seeing each other before the ceremony: More time for romantic shots of you both together!
You will have more of everything from your wedding day by seeing each other. By doing this, we have the opportunity to set up and capture that special moment seeing each other for the first time, either alone or with loved one’s watching.
If the venue does not let you come in earlier due to scheduling, consider doing seeing each other somewhere else prior to arriving to the venue.
Surprise your groom with a little black book.
Imagine his face when you surprise him with gorgeous photos of yourself on the day of your wedding. Bridal boudoir is the perfect gift for your future husband.
Couples usually exchange gifts before the ceremony (or before reception) this would be the best time for the groom to be alone and capture his reaction. They are always speechless and all they say is just how beautiful you look, he will love it!
If you don't have time for a boudoir session prior to the wedding, you can also take a few romantic photos while wearing your lace robe before you get dressed and create a gift for him afterwards. These photos can be hidden at your request so only you can see them.
Make moments happen.
Often, we find that couples who do not see each other before the ceremony do not get as many or as great pictures of themselves together because they are always in a hurry to get to the reception. You might say that you will not be in a hurry, but you probably will when it comes to that time. We’ve never had a couple that was not worried about rushing to get to their party.
If your venue is not very picturesque, you can take full advantage of your time with us and travel somewhere great for wedding party pictures and romantic photos together as a couple. Take advantage of limo services by taking the wedding party to an amazing location nearby or somewhere else of your choice.
We can take all of the pictures before the wedding even begins, leaving you with fresh makeup, great hair, excited smiles in all of your pictures and more time to enjoy your reception!
Have a gap between your ceremony and reception.
If you are still firmly set against seeing each other before the ceremony then consider having at least a one hour gap between your ceremony and reception.
Benefits to having a gap before your reception:
You allow plenty of time to travel somewhere great for pictures (especially if your church will only look great for formal portraits). We can jump in a limo and go anywhere you would love to take pictures. If you have an afternoon wedding, you can still have an opportunity to have an evening reception.
Your guests can freshen up before the reception with an organized cocktail party! This will insure that the two of you have the best opportunity to get the most unique pictures of your wedding party and yourselves as newlyweds. Last but not least... you get to truly take in the day and enjoy every minute of it as opposed to hurrying around.
Have an unplugged ceremony.
A wedding is filled with excitement and sweet moments with friends and family that may have traveled far and wide to celebrate this day with you.
However, there have been many times when guests have literally stepped into the aisle to take a photo with their phone, sometimes even blocking the groom’s view of the bride as she is walking down the aisle. Even worst, getting in front of our cameras and making it really difficult to capture the desired photos.
Let your guests know that you want them to be a part of your ceremony and immerse themselves in the experience in front of them rather than constantly checking their phone.
Cooperation is the key.
After all the formal pictures are finished, we need the cooperation of you two together to take extra time for some great pictures of you as newlyweds.
If you are worried about having guests wait too long to eat, break tradition and go ahead and have them start eating before you arrive (not just appetizers, everything!) They will love it and you will not feel pressured, plus the party will get started much earlier in the evening!
Be willing to do several poses and go along when we suggest them, after all this is because we know it will look great! Let your wedding party know how important this is to you and that we might be a little different in the way we work! Having everyone on the same page will allow us to get the photos done quickly and get you to reception much faster.
Lighting is crucial.
All of the great pictures that are showcased in our website are depicting natural light!
What time does the sun set? **Important for weddings in September-March** If there is no natural light left after the ceremony then we highly suggest seeing each other before the ceremony and getting all the pictures out of the way (if you want pictures like the ones you’ve seen on our website with natural light.)
These are just a few tips on how to get the most out your wedding, now take all the advantage of having us there and do something truly unique on your wedding day. We are ready to capture it all as it happens in front of our cameras.
Sample Wedding Day Timeline
Use this timeline to help you get started, we always recommend to do a first look and take advantage of our time with you. After booking with us we will sit down with you and help you create a timeline that fits more with the events of your day.