Weddings & Engagements
What to expect
Before the Wedding
I always make sure we have a plan before the wedding day. Planning and communication is a must when it comes to weddings, they can be overwhelming. As the wedding date gets closer, I will reach out to you (and the wedding coordinator) to make sure that there are not any changes made or if weather will be a factor. Matter of fact, I even have a plan for if it does rain on your wedding day (some say this is good luck)!
I always arrive early (at least one hour prior) to account for unplanned travel problems. If no travel problems occur, this time is reserved for familiarizing myself with the venue (picking the best spots for photos), talking to the wedding coordinator or you (if there are any schedule changes), and begin taking detail photos. These detail photos will be of the venue itself, the location of the ceremony, and the reception hall (if they are at the same location). Its always nice to see all the hard work you put into the decorations and details, some couples never get to see these before the wedding.
After I finish the detail photos, I will meet up with the couple in their individual dressing rooms to take the, "getting ready" photos. I do my best to take candid photos and to not interfere as much as possible. This day only happens once and its important to me that I am not interrupting you; I carry this goal throughout the day. If you are interested in a, "first look" this is usually when it is done.
The time has come! I take photos in a documentary style during this time. I tend to stand at the edges of the ceremony or down the isle, I make sure not to block the view of your family and friends who are attending. I also tend to be as quiet as possible by taking only the necessary number of photos so that camera shutter noise is at a minimum. I avoid flash photography during this time to keep the disruptions to a minimum.
Group photos can be taken at multiple times of the day. Sometimes they are done during the getting ready stage or taken in between the ceremony and the reception. Part of my planning process includes when these will happen and all the combinations that you want of people in the photos. This way we do not waste time trying to figure out what combinations to photograph. Group photos can be tailored to your style, we will discuss this in the consultation.
Reception! Party Time.
Grand entrances, first dance, speeches, cutting of the cake, everyone dancing, and more. All of this is covered during the reception! I will even stay late to catch your grand exit if you would like!