From the power of the imagination, to dreams coming true
Planning your perfect wedding is a journey where anything is possible! Here are some of our words of wisdom to make your wedding day as beautiful and successful as possible.
But let’s pause for a moment and talk about the “magic”. When the golden light perfectly illuminates the edge of a face, when the breeze lifts a veil and the light catches it… Sometimes we are lucky enough to have all of the ingredients come together and I’m there, ready and waiting to capture that moment… This is what I fondly refer to as the ‘magic’.
Magic doesn’t just happen. Thoughtful preparation, timelines, scouting, sunset schedules and styling all come together to create it. Even with these items, we still need more — the vulnerability to show your true love, the intention to be present on what can be an overwhelming day and the trust to let me be my most creative self.
Here are a few tips on how we can help the stars align!
Together with your wedding planner, I build your timeline around the best natural light to ensure your day photographs wonderfully. Know the sunset time for your wedding day as this will aid in selecting the optimal ceremony, cocktail and reception times. In order to maximize our opportunities for creating stunning images, I prefer to discuss photo timelines early in the planning process.
I prefer to photograph in natural light, including portraits and details, whenever possible. Sunset portraits are the most gorgeous you can imagine, and planning your church ceremony so that it finishes before sunset, will allow us to make the most of the sunset.
The first few hours of wedding photography take place as you get ready. Whether you choose a bridal suite, hotel room or other location to prepare for the wedding, consider the backdrop for these images. This location is where I photograph the majority of your details and initial portraits. As such, I recommend selecting a spacious, open location with ample natural light and similar decor or feel to your wedding so the images flow with the rest of the day.
I advise getting the bulk of your portraits done before the ceremony, leaving any remaining group portraits for immediately after the ceremony. Not only will this allow me one additional photo opportunity so as to create beautiful portraits of the couple, but it will also allow you to enjoy more of the post-ceremony festivities. Since I will take the majority of the family portraits right after the ceremony, you will be able to enjoy your cocktail hour until we gather again for sunset portraits.
Please prepare all of your wedding details in advance for photographing. These include the full paper/invitation suite in perfect condition with your preferred calligraphy/addressing/stamps, welcome bag, favor, all paper products, dress, shoes, all wedding rings and any other details from your day that you would like photographed.
I love styling still life shots, especially with meaningful elements that you provide. Consider family heirlooms, jewelry, ribbon, fabric and other items that can enhance your images. Please place your wedding and bridal details in the bridal suite so I can capture them when I arrive.
Styling Tip: If using a unique linen for your wedding reception tables, please consider adding an extra small one to the rental order for photographing your wedding invitation and/or details. This helps tie together your images through color and texture, making them more cohesive and powerful.
Unless you are working with a planner who provides a coordinator for you, consider hiring a day-of coordinator so that you can enjoy your wedding day. Your coordinator allows you to take in all of the details and actually spend time with your guests and family. The coordinator will be in charge of you keeping the schedule, calling your family for photography, an assisting you all through the day.
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