THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION
An engagement session is so important for the our couples. You'll have the opportunity to get comfortable in front of our cameras prior to the wedding, and that makes a huge difference! We focus on making sure our couples are relaxed and having fun. That makes for the best photos.
We are natural light photographers, which means we typically will shoot in the early mornings or evening just before sunset. It will be good to consider the time of year you will be wanting these done. You could choose a place that's special to you both, coffee shops, downtown, parks/fields, etc. With good lighting, and your beautiful faces we can make magic together.
- Bride and bridesmaids: be 90% done with your hair and make-up prior to having us arrive. This makes sure no one is last minute "not photo ready."
- Designate your maid of honor to help us gather your details (wedding dress, rings, bouquets.)
- Choose a room with ample window light, even if it's not the exact "getting ready room" we may move to a spot of the lighting is gorgeous in another area.
- Before getting into your wedding dress have everyone leave the room except your mom, sister, or maid of honor. We love doing a big reveal for the bridesmaids, dads, or someone else special in your life.
- Save your accessories for your bridesmaids to help you put on. Examples: necklace, earrings, shoes. It's a sweet time for them to help you get ready.
- Lastly, leave room in your timeline to breathe. The day goes by so quickly. We suggest a one hour gap before the ceremony to just relax.
Don't forget about your bridal party!
- If you're planning on giving them a gift we want to make sure we capture it.
The ceremony is the beginning of the rest of your entire lives together. It’s the reward of a long wait, and the subject of so much thought and time. The groom and the groomsmen get the honor of greeting and seeing all the guests. The adorable flower girl and ring bearer make their way down the aisle. The long anticipated procession of the bride comes! The vows, the kiss, the moment of relief and joy that comes over you is unreal. It’s incredibly easy to be swept away by what Pinterest says it should look like, or the ceremonies you should include. But don’t be fooled, the simple exchange of hand written vows is beautiful. And all you really need is love to make a photo worth a thousand stunning words.
We suggest planning your ceremony an hour and a half before sunset with a first look, and two hours before with a traditional. The lower the sun is the softer the lighting will be for your portraits. Make sure the lighting on the altar is even. Last minute Jon and I have helped move arches due to the sun not heading down fast enough. Don’t be afraid to do so if possible. It makes all the difference for us. We will not be able to expose the photo properly if the bride and groom have different light than the rest of the bridal party.
DAY OF COORDINATOR:
If you are wondering whether or not you need a coordinator let me tell you: they make all the difference in the world. The main cause of frustration and stress is lack of coordination and organization. A good day of coordinator will take the stress off the bride. I myself was a bride that didn’t think it was necessary, but my wedding officiator told me he only worked through a day of coordinator. I’m so thankful my husband and I listened to his advice. Ours helped knock out tables that needed to be set up, and got everything done on time. We were in awe. SO many fires were put out without me ever even lifting a finger. I’ve heard it said that when the weight of the timeline and coordination of the day is on the photographers shoulders the images will suffer. It is so true. Our job is to tell your story through the images, not to tell you what’s next in your wedding day. Make sure your coordinator is someone you trust get a long with.
Timing is super important with these after ceremony portraits. Between each grouping is less than 5 minutes each. The more time taken for these, will mean less time for the bride and groom’s portraits. It is best to limit the after ceremony photos to immediate family (parents, siblings, and grandparents.) During the reception we will be grabbing photos of you with the rest of the guests from your wedding.
- If there is any more important “like family” friends then let them know prior to that they are included in the photos.
- Delegate a family member/close friend to be the runner to grab anyone who might have run to use the restroom or forgot to stay behind for photos. This is the main cause for portraits taking longer than expected.
- Let the officiator know to make an announcement at the end of the ceremony for the immediate family to stay behind for photos.
- Plan the spot for portraits away from the reception. Many well-wishers will want to crash the portraits to congratulate you first. The distance will ensure the portraits are on schedule.
GROUP PHOTO OPTIONS:
- B&G with Bride’s Grandparents
- B&G with Bride’s Immediate Family & Grandparents
- B&G with Bride’s Immediate Family
- B&G with Bride’s Parents
- B&G with Groom’s Parents
- B&G with Groom’s Immediate Family
- B&G with Groom’s Immediate Family & Grandparents
- B&G with Groom’s Grandparents
- B&G with Both Sets of Parents
- B&G with Both Immediate Families
The reception is time to party and enjoy the fact that you are both married now! Make sure you let your coordinator and DJ know about the events you'll be partaking in. If you are having a buffet style reception plan on having more time for eating and mingling.
- first dance
- daddy-daughter dance
- mother-son dance
- anniversary dance
- money dance
- thank you's from the bride and groom
- cake cutting
- bouquet and garter toss
- the exit of the bride and groom
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM US:
During the cocktail hour Jon will be photographing guests at the tables, while I wrap up the portraits. After you get settled in for your dinner, we will take a break. We usually relax for about 30-45 minutes (depending on your hours), get something to eat, drink some water, and recharge for the final stretch of the day. We tag team our break so no loss of coverage is occurring.