The final part of the modern wedding day is also the part that has changed the most in recent years. When my parents got married in the 70’s, their guests bid them good luck with cascades of bird seed as they left the ceremony. But in more modern weddings, couples are opting to save the well wishes until the true end of the wedding day, after the reception, and instead of only using bird seed, there are now tons of festive options to choose from.
If you break things down by time, the reception is probably going to be the largest part of most wedding days. But, as a photographer, sometimes there isn’t a lot of time to capture the “big moments” while there is a ton of time to stand around and wait. So how do we balance these hours of roller coaster time, and how can you throw the best reception party ever? Read on to find out!
Formal Photos: From the wedding party, to the family groupings, to the bride & groom’s portraits, this part of the wedding day requires a ton of coordination on everyone’s part. Get details and tips for this segment in this blog post!
Wedding ceremonies are all the same, right? You walk down the aisle, somebody talks for a while, you kiss, then its over… yeah? Nope! While a lot of ceremonies are similar, they all have subtle differences that can make a huge impact on how we photograph them.
This part of the wedding day is one that many people don’t think about. It’s normally a 30-45 minute period of time that takes place after the groomsmen’s photos but before the ceremony. During this time, everything stops and we put our cameras down. It’s a really beneficial time, but many people don’t know it even exists. In fact, we get a lot of questions concerning this time period… “Why do you take a break here?” “Are you still working during this time?” and “What are we (the bridal party) supposed to do during this time?” In this post, I plan to answer all three of those questions so you’ll learn just how awesome “The Break” can be for your wedding day!
Time. Time. Time. We have three reasons that we always schedule the groomsmen to be photographed after the bridesmaids, and they all relate to time!
The bridal portrait may be one of the best hallmarks of a “southern” wedding. In many parts of the country, this tradition has been slowly dying away to the point that many couples don’t make this section of the day a priority anymore. But… I plan on keeping it around for quite a while!
5 tips to help your bridesmaid photos go great!
I always feel like after the bride dresses, the wedding day has officially begun. The atmosphere changes and everything becomes more exciting. The whole day so far: details, preparations, and dressing, have been leading up to that moment. Once we arrive there, the day unfolds rapidly and, hopefully, everything flows smoothly from this time on.
For most brides and grooms, their wedding day begins with a flurry of activity as they get ready and get dressed. While this is a stressful time due to schedule obligations and the undoubtedly late groomsman, it can also be one of the most fun and memorable of the day. Often times, the couple is surrounded by their family and friends as they prepare. The guys may be hanging out playing pool in the venue’s recreation room. The girls are most likely getting pampered by hair and makeup artists while aunts and mothers fret over wrinkles in the dress. But hopefully the stressful moments are few and the laughter is abundant. Hopefully there are champagne glasses and lunch trays, emotional glances, and meaningful gestures. These are the moments that are so wonderful to look back on in the wedding photographs!
Photographers are SUPER picky about location choice! In the last post about details, I mentioned that the first thing we do after arriving at the venue is explore the area to decide what locations we’ll use throughout the day, and there’s good reason for this! The locations we pick affect the lighting conditions, the colors […]