WEDDING GUIDE BY
Picking the perfect dress isn't easy. Just keep in mind if you can't move freely in it, you'll be uncomfortable and might find it frustrating throughout the day. I want you to be able to rock it out on the dance floor and enjoy your day so much!
F I R S T L O O K
KEEP IT FUN AND NATURAL
It doesn't need to be a super staged moment. Keep it sweet and simple. If you want to see each other in private, that's okay too.
A first look can help calm nerves but it might bring lots of tears of joy, which I'm okay with.
Seeing each other first allows us to do family photos, couple photos and even bridal party photos before the ceremony if time allows.
Generally 5 - 10 minutes is plenty of time for a first look.
C E R E M O N Y
If you're having an outdoor ceremony keep the sun behind you. If the sun is facing you, it creates harsh shadows and unbalanced light.
If your wedding attendance is more than 50 I'd recommend not doing a receiving line. They tend to take a long time and can be a bit redundant. I'd rather you have time to enjoy cocktail hour or get pictures with your friends from out of town.
U N P L U G G E D
I want your family and friends to enjoy the wedding, to feel free to take a few photos but sometimes the ipads, iphones and camera flashes can be very distracting.
LET YOUR PEOPLE KNOW
Your officiant can make an announcement to ask guests to turn off their flashes and not stand in the isle.
R E C E P T I O N
Bright colorful lights are fun for group dancing but if possible have your DJ keep them off for your first dance or any other special dances.
Stringed lights and candles set the most romantic mood. Honestly, the more the better! I use minimum flash, mainly because it takes away from the moment and can be distracting.
These photos are important especially if you DIY a lot of your decorations. Please allow 25min or so for me to capture these details!
Lets be real, we're all going to be hungry. I prefer to be seated with guests and eat at the same time as the wedding party. This way I can eat a bite and not miss any speeches or toasts!
GETTING READY PHOTOS
Just happen to be some of my favorite moments. And here are a few tips to help them be the best they can be!
WINDOWS ARE MY FRIEND
Window light is perfect for showing natural skin tones and setting the mood. If I have the option, I'll turn off any electric lights and only use natural light.
If you have the option to book a cute AIRBNB rather than a hotel, do it. Generally hotels don't have the best light or furniture.
Things get hectic but the less laundry, bags or other random articles in the room the better.
You gotta do you but don't let your makeup artist over do it
Lets make sure the groom gets a good getting ready location too.
You'll most likely receive a few photos that are blurry or "out of focus" this is intentional. Some of my favorite images are in motion, a bit blurry or grainy. I think it shows the realest moments as they happen.
The best time to do family photos is before the ceremony. People tend to find their way to cocktail hour when family photos happen AFTER the ceremony.
SWEET & SIMPLE
I recommend having a list of 5 - 8 groups.
Since I won't know everyone by name, it's helpful to put someone in charge that knows your family and the bridal party - just to help get everyone organized.
In situations where family members are not very mobile, I'll do my best to work with the location and lighting too.
If you choose to do a "first look" this would be a good time for couple photos, typically lasting 20 - 30 minutes.
You're married! You're celebrating which makes photos a must. 15 minutes is all I ask for.
The best lighting of the day happens 30 - 40 minutes before the sunset. If this is the only time of the day that works for couple photos, it's my preference. Also you get to sneak away from the crowd for a bit just to chill.