It's YOUR day!...
...Not your parents nor your closest friends. Plan the day YOU want to have. If some traditions seem a little unnecessary, then don't do them. If the venue's schedule doesn't work for you, change the timetable. There are no rules here, make it your own.
After all the planning is done, be prepared to let everything go on the day itself. Enjoy every moment, celebrating the best way you know how with the right people by your side. Having fun during every moment and not worrying about everything being perfect = more awesome pictures!
The online form will also give you the opportunity to highlight any quirky ideas you may have, however there is no need to send over your Pintrest board! I welcome any specific photographs you love from either the venue or my website that you would like to try on the day. I find it best to approach the day with an open mind, that way your photographs are very much yours as no two weddings are the same.
A month before you say "I do!"
A month before the wedding day the final balance is due. This will be your last chance to add any a-la carte items to your current collection. A second photographer is recommended if your guest list is over 130. Please consider letting me know as early as possible as my second photographers are strictly professional and work under the same ethos as myself. A wee reminder that a saving of over £250 can be made by going with an album collection prior to your wedding day.
For the majority of weddings, I cover both the bride and the groom getting ready. This is usually when both parties aren't too far from each other, ideally at the same venue! It really is all down to logistics and we can talk about how we would achieve this. If for any reason it's too difficult, then I'd recommend a 2nd photographer to document one party and we would then meet up before the ceremony.
I like to arrive early at around 9am as it's a great opportunity to meet everyone and get a feel for the day. I like to meet with the staff at the venue and look for some good locations. I also think it's a great way for everyone to get over the "look there's the photographer....shit he is taking a picture of me" syndrome! I totally get it, but I promise, you'll soon get used to going about your day, forgetting I am even there. A huge part of why I am at your wedding is I love to document what is happening, telling an honest story of the relationships with your family and friends.
If you are getting married in a church, it's worthwhile checking with their rules and restrictions on photography. Some tend to restrict photographers from certain view points. Some have rules using flash etc. Both of my cameras can be on silent shooting mode to be as unobtrusive as possible. If the minister has any concerns, please give me his or her number and I can talk about it with them.
After the ceremony
The minute you walk down the aisle, I want you to completely immerse yourselves in the fact you have just gotten married! Grab a glass of champagne and give your nearest and dearest a hug!! Don't worry about a massive group shot, that can done later if needed. Don't worry what to do next on the schedule - let us take care of that. I love this part of the day and always allow you 30 minutes at least to enjoy everyones company before going ahead with family formals.
I am a huge believer in having some family photographs during the day and I love taking them. I am also a believer that this should be done in a fairly short time period. I ask that you each delegate someone from both families to be in control of this as it helps immensely in rounding everyone up. I usually aim to do this around 30 minutes after the ceremony. To ensure this doesn't take up too much time from the day a maximum of 8 groups including your bridal party is reccommended. For any other formal pictures - these can be done at anytime as I am usually there most of the day. Friends and family will then have option to buy these from your online gallery.
The less time spending taking formal photographs - the more creative I can be in telling your story....and the more fun you can have!
I have 1 rule for myself - Keep it simple, easy and fun!
I keep an open mind when it comes to the specific time on when to do some portraits of the two of you. Weather and timing are an important factor with this. I aim to do 2 super short sessions with the 2 of you, both around 15 minutes long before and after the reception. After the reception is a great time to consider getting some portraits done as it's a time when you are both a little more relaxed. You have had a great meal, delighted you nailed your speech and spoken with everyone. Now is a time for you both to take 15 minutes to enjoy each other in the setting sunlight.
The Golden hour is the best time of the day for photographs together.
Night time Portraits
Portraits in the evening are such a great way to end your perfect day. I usually have lights already to go and will only need you for 5 minutes tops! That way you can get back to the dance floor!