Wedding Day Tips
You could say we know a thing or two about weddings, so we've put together a few of tips to help you plan the most important day of your life.
Do What You Want
Trends come and go, and traditions are often old and outdated. Don't let yourself feel trapped by what you think you're supposed to do, and do what you really want to do! Elope on a mountain, wear a pink dress, skip the bridal party. It's your day, do whatever YOU want!
Bring your invitations, and save the dates. They are great detail shots. It helps to put all of the small items in a little box. Your shoes, your jewelry, gifts, perfume, fancy makeup, and other pretty stuff. When it’s all in a box, nothing will get missed.
You spent a ton of money on your wedding dress, and we’re excited to photograph it, but I promise, you do not want that ugly plastic hanger it came on in every photograph! You don't even need to spend any money, just grab a nice wooden hanger from your closet and bring it along!
You also should just accept the fact that your dress is going to get dirty. As photographers and cinematographers, we often see beautiful locations, but it may require you to climb a fence, or cross a muddy path first. Of course you can always choose simple, "cleaner" locations, but you may sacrifice getting the best possible photos as a result.
Flowers are gorgeous, but they can be spendy. If you don't have the budget for tons of floral arrangements, that's perfectly ok, but consider splurging on a stunning bridal bouquet. It will be with you in almost every one of your wedding photos, so go for something jaw-dropping!
Pick your getting ready area carefully. Lighting is KEY. If you’re in a dark room, your photos won't look great, there is no sugar coating that. Pick a place with lots of space, and lots of big windows, and natural light.
While getting ready, have everyone keep their stuff in one corner of the room. This way there aren't bras, coffee cups and garbage in the background of all your beautiful photos.
Also, try to avoid having a lot of extra people in the room with you. Getting ready can be stressful, especially if you're feeling crowded. Less people, mean more space for your photographer and cinematographers to work.
You've picked the perfect venue, and the best ceremony location, but what does it look like at 4pm when the hot summer sun is beating down on everyone, causing squinty eyes, and shadows that cover half of your face. Consider a ceremony location that is fully shaded for soft, even lighting. If a fully shaded location is not available, consider having the ceremony in full sun. If half of the wedding party is in shade and the other half is in the sun, the mixed lighting will make for very rough, uneven photos.
Great Photography Takes Time
You might think 25 minutes is enough, but if you want GREAT portraits, consider carving out a minimum of one full hour for photos. Traditional wedding venues usually have specific locations for photos, and while they're nice, they're often overused. With more time, we can go off site, and get creative. It also gives you a private moment away from your guests and family to relax with your partner.
Other people’s camera flashes can RUIN our photos. Not to mention people with cameras, cell phones or ipads often get in our way which can makes it nearly impossible for us to get the shots we were hired to get. Avoid all this by asking your guests to put down their cameras. Here is an article and satire video that we were in (that went viral) with lots of examples!
Allow Yourself to Feel Beautiful
Your wedding day may be the first time you've ever had professional photos taken, and that's ok. Relax, breath, and allow yourself to feel beautiful. Get cozy with your partner, and try to keep it as natural as possible.
Have Fun, and Remember What Really Matters
Weddings can be stressful, but they don't have to be. Relax, and don't sweat the small stuff. Keep the focus on what really matters, marrying the love of your life, and having a party!
Hire Vendors You Actually Like
You will be spending your whole day with your wedding vendors, so make sure you hire people who are good at what they do, but also whose personalities you actually like. This will help keep your day less stressful.
Lastly, we want to give you a list of vendors we have worked with in the past, that we absolutely love.
Planning/Coordinating: Your Perfect Bridesmaid
Hair Styling: Jessica Kersch from The Hair Garage
Makeup Artist: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty
Wardrobe Styling: Lewis & Levy