What Happens on Your Wedding Day
You have made it!!! It is your wedding day -- so, what actually happens?
If you haven’t been behind the scenes of a wedding recently, let us help you. You will have received your timeline from us and should have a designated person who is not in the wedding party being the timekeeper to make sure that everyone is where they are supposed to be at the specified time. (Of course, expect some delays ... just in case!)
On your wedding day, we will arrive at your "getting ready" location about an hour and a half before the ceremony time. That gives us time to photograph your dress, shoes, flowers, etc while you get hair and make-up. It’s a good idea if the Bridesmaids get ready before the Bride, so when you are being photographed, the bridesmaids look the part. We will remind you to keep breathing! Please make sure to have someone pick up all the stuff that accumulates on the floor and the beds. Nobody wants to look at lingerie in the photos (except maybe your husband-to-be!) It take just a few minutes and can make the world of difference in your photographs.
If a groom's session is part of your collection, our fantastic second photographer will arrive at his location approximately one hour before the scheduled time for departure to get to the church on time. The same rule for neatness should apply there as well.
Before leaving for the ceremony location, we will take photographs of family members and any friends that have wandered in for a look!
We try to be at the church or wedding location a half hour before you arrive. This is to photograph the Groom, Best Man and any Groomsmen. We also check with the officiant, musicians and singers so they are waiting for your arrival.
As you arrive, a lot of family and friends try to get a sneak peek of you in your gorgeous get-up! Since we have been a part of many weddings, let us direct the action. We will help arrange you before you enter the church, then go ahead to cue the music. Once you begin walking up the aisle, forget about us, you’ll have plenty on your mind !
Remember to walk slowly up the aisle, it is not a race and everyone wants to see you. Slow down because slow looks elegant and keep breathing!
Your beloved should be waiting for you! Then the officiant takes over to perform the ceremony. We will be moving around shooting from all angles, covering as much as we possibly can -- if we are permitted to do so. We will have found this out in advance so there are no mix-ups.
After the wedding, I’ll photograph you signing the registry, then a few photographs at the altar. Then we capture your walk down the aisle. Again, take your time, everyone has come to see you and wish you well, so give them a chance!
We can do a big group shot either in the church or outside, depending on the location and the weather. Then it's time for the family photos which can take place at the ceremony location or elsewhere. We get the family shots completed quickly, usually in less than thirty minutes, so that they can head off to enjoy the cocktail hour.
Now the fun begins. You can relax and together we’ll produce some great images of you and your new husband and the bridal party. Usually, we can go to a scenic location like a park, lake, beach or somewhere close by. Obviously, this depends on where you are getting married but we can do a lot with limited resources. We have done some of our best work when our backs are to the wall! Smiles make for great pictures.
Once at the reception, you both will have a chance to take a break and relax with a drink. When you’re ready, we can get some cake shots and a few more cosy shots of just the two of you alone before the party gets started.
Then comes the "grand" entrance where we will photograph you coming in for dinner. (FYI -- we do not photograph anybody stuffing their faces -- it looks awful.) We do try to capture some of the details and the speeches if we are seated in the same room as the guests. Be aware that a number of venues do not consider placing the photographers or DJs in the same area and that can create missed photographic opportunities during the dinner hour!
After dinner it is a great idea is to get a group of friends together, his and hers, it makes a fabulous double page spread in the album.
We don't normally shoot "table" shots with guests as it is difficult to keep everyone seated at their tables; although we do make every attempt to grab some casual, fun pictures of your friends and family.
Usually the first dance come shortly after dinner followed by the parent dances. Then it is party-time. (It really isn't necessary to have us stay until the absolute end of the evening so you can relax and have fun.)
Remember, we are there to photograph your day as it unfolds, so feel free to tell us exactly what you want. It’s especially important to get some photographs of any older family members, time passes so quickly!
We don't work from a "shot list" except for the important family members and those family groupings.
Remember, it’s your day, so it’s an opportunity to do it your own, fun way.