from a photographer's perspective
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As an enneagram 4 I love to surround myself with beautiful things and I think of one the best decisions to make for your wedding day is choosing a beautiful environment to get ready in. Whether that means an all white, shiplap beach house or a cabin in the mountains, be intentional. It’s always fun when couples choose a house that their immediate family can share for a week leading up to the wedding. It helps create fond memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Keep in mind that you’ll be moving a lot during your wedding, so a tight dress isn’t always a great idea. They can hinder movement and become uncomfortable, but it’s totally your choice. Some brides even get a second dress so they can dance at their reception. I’ve pinned some great wedding dresses here if you need ideas or inspiration. Also when choosing whites try to avoid bright whites with a blue/purple tint to it. Warmer whites look much better in pictures. Also make sure you’re both wearing the same color white.
Also, don’t forget about the groom! Most of the time the bride gets a gorgeous suite or room and the groom gets tucked away in a small dark room with hardly any light. Let's give him a nice room to get ready in too.
It's a thing couples do now, but is it for you? A first look is where the bride and groom get together before the ceremony to see each other.
I love it because it's just the two of you (and me) and you're able to really soak in the moment without all of your guests watching you during the ceremony with their cell phones and cameras out. I mean, it's your wedding day. Wouldn’t you want to spend most of your wedding day together anyways?
Want to know why it’s a tradition to save the first look for the ceremony? Most marriages were arranged, so the groom didn’t see the bride for the first time until the ceremony. This ensured that he wouldn’t run away if she was ugly. You shouldn’t have that problem though, lol.
Still not sold on the idea? Let’s talk about it.
This is the time of the day where you publicly commit to being together for the rest of your lives. Before you put a time on your invites, let’s figure out what time is best together. There are a few factors to consider first like the sunset, first look, wedding party and family photos, etc. I’m more than happy to help you plan out your timeline and make that one less thing you have to worry about.
Unplug! An unplugged ceremony is when you ask your guests to turn off their cell phones and put away the camera, so that they can be present in the moment. It also keeps people from standing up and putting their cameras in front of mine. I don't want to miss a single moment just because "Uncle Bob” wants to take photos too.
I love stealing couples away from the wedding festivities to photograph just the two of them together. It’s a time for them to break away from their families and to love on each other on one of the most important days they’ll experience.
If you do a first look, we’re able to have more time after the ceremony for these photos. If not, we’re having to do wedding party photos, family photos, and couples photos after the ceremony.
If you want to spend more time with your family and friends, another option is taking a few couples portraits on your wedding day and scheduling a day after session. It’s a great option to give you more time to really enjoy the couples portraits and the stress of wedding planning has finally been lifted.
The most important thing to ensure we get great photos though is trust. If you trust me to create the photos you’ll love, I’ll be able to do my thing and guide and direct you well. It’s all about collaboration and trust!
I am all about preserving the ambience and portraying the romantic atmosphere in my photos. So for outdoor receptions, string lights are an awesome way to help that vibe.
Some people like to partake in all the traditions, some party all night, some just want a quiet dinner with a few dances, etc. It’s good to evaluate what type of reception experience you want so we can best decide how much coverage you’ll need for it.
Also, when it comes to dinner, I prefer to be considered a guest, not a vendor, for timing purposes. This guarantees that I’ll get to finish eating before the two of you are done. It also means that I get to eat what you and all of your guests are eating instead of a “vendor meal”.
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I hope this helps you in the planning process!
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