Wedding Day Tips.

Planning a wedding is an exciting journey that allows you to bring your dreams to life. Start planning it well in advance to give yourself ample time to make important decisions and secure preferred vendors. Create a detailed timeline and checklist to stay organized throughout the planning process. Here are some tips for you to help you feel more in charge of the process.

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1. Create a realistic wedding day timeline.

Creating a realistic wedding day timeline is essential to ensure a smooth and stress-free celebration. A detailed wedding day timeline serves as a valuable communication tool. By sharing the schedule with vendors, family members, and the wedding party, everyone involved can be on the same page. Clear communication and coordination among all stakeholders lead to creating a harmonious atmosphere for the celebration. Personally, what I find most important in preparing well your wedding day timeline, is allowing time for breaks and downtime. Weddings are emotionally charged and planning the buffer ensures that there is enough breathing space for you to soak in the joy and connect with your loved ones.

But remember that not everything will go accordingly to the plan and when it happens have fun and embrace it.

Weddings are filled with unexpected moments and unplanned surprises. Embrace these moments with a sense of humor and let them become part of your wedding day story. Authentic, spontaneous moments often create the most memorable and cherished photographs.

2. Check the sunset time & sun trajectory.

This cannot be stressed enough.

If you look for an elegant and classy look when it comes to your wedding photography - plan the setups and timeline according to the sun's trajectory.

Understanding and considering the sun's path throughout the day can significantly enhance the overall experience and create a magical atmosphere. By considering the sun's trajectory, couples can strategically plan the timing of their ceremony and reception to make the best use of natural light. Soft, diffused light during golden hour, which occurs shortly before sunset, creates a romantic and ethereal atmosphere, perfect for capturing stunning photographs. Planning the schedule around these optimal lighting conditions ensures that the couple and their guests are bathed in the most flattering and enchanting glow. It is advised to plan your portrait session during the golden hour.

Sun trajectory should also be taken into consideration when deciding on a ceremony hour and place. For instance, if the ceremony is planned during midday when the sun is at its peak, it is essential to provide ample shade for guests. You don’t want your loved ones to endure the scorching sun while exchanging vows or enjoying the reception.

3. Consider an engagement session even if it means more planning and traveling.

I believe an engagement photo shoot is an invaluable addition to your wedding journey, providing cherished memories and beautiful images that will last a lifetime.

It is a perfect opportunity for us to meet in person before your wedding day. It helps you to feel more at ease in front of the camera, and you and your fiancé can experience being photographed together.

Moreover, it is a phenomenal way to create beautiful and fun images without the restrictions that a wedding day can bring.

4.Choose wisely your getting-ready location.

Lighting plays a key role in photography, and different locations offer varying levels and qualities of light. Opting for a well-lit space with ample natural light can result in softer, more flattering images.

Your getting-ready location can contribute to the narrative of your wedding day. It sets the stage for the beginning of your journey, capturing the anticipation, excitement, and preparations leading up to the main event. By choosing a location that aligns with your vision and style, you can create a cohesive visual story that encapsulates the spirit and atmosphere of your special day.

But remember, while the getting-ready location is important for capturing beautiful photographs, a skilled photographer will know how to make the most of any location and create stunning images regardless of the setting.

5. Prepare the details to be photographed.

On a wedding day, I usually start my work by taking photos of details so please have your wedding and bridal details in the bridal suite where you’re getting ready so I can capture them when I arrive.

These details include the full invitation suite in perfect condition with your preferred calligraphy/addressing, dress, shoes, all wedding rings, and any other details from your day that you would like photographed. Remember about your family heirlooms, jewelry, ribbon, fabric, and other items that can enhance your images.

6. A First Look as a way to give yourself more mindfulness time together.

A first look allows the couple to have a private and intimate moment before the ceremony. It provides an opportunity to see each other for the first time in a more relaxed and personal setting, away from the eyes of all the guests. This can create a beautiful and emotional experience, allowing you to connect and share your excitement together.

That being said I don’t need to add how special this moment can be for your wedding photography.

It's important to note that whether or not to have a first look is a personal decision. Some couples prefer the tradition of not seeing each other until the ceremony, and that is absolutely fine as well. Ultimately, consider what feels right for you and your partner, and how you envision your wedding day unfolding.

7. Consider a cell phone-free ceremony.

Again, this one is also a personal choice but a cell phone-free wedding ceremony encourages guests to be fully present in the moment. It allows them to engage with the ceremony, listen attentively, and experience the emotions and atmosphere without distractions. It can create a more intimate and meaningful environment.

Hiring a professional wedding photographer ensures that the couple receives high-quality, well-composed photos capturing every important moment. With guests refraining from taking photos, there is less chance of amateur photographers obstructing the professional's view or negatively impacting the couple's photographs.

8. What to remember while walking down the aisle after being married.

Walking down the aisle after being married is often referred to as the recessional. It's a joyful and celebratory moment. Here are some things to remember during this special time:

You are now officially married! Take a moment to let that sink in and enjoy the happiness and excitement that comes with it.

If you're walking down the aisle with your spouse, hold hands and walk side by side. This symbolizes the unity and partnership you have just entered into.

Throughout the recessional, maintain a connection with your spouse. Share a glance, a smile, or a quiet word to reinforce your bond and celebrate your newly married status.

Seal it with a kiss. Do not rush.

9. Be yourself & enjoy the day.

It is very important to me to get to know your love story as much as possible before the wedding day. I am happy to learn about your first date, your backgrounds, your families and friends, and of course - your personalities. With this sense of who you both are, I am well prepared to notice (with my camera) all the special jokes and treatments during the day.

I hope that at this point you are familiar with who I am. After all, I’ve prepared a long section here on this website. I expect you to trust me with capturing all the beautiful moments of this day, so relax and have fun.

10. One more…. A honeymoon.

Do not overlook the importance of it and prepare a plan in advance.

Take this time to recharge, be together, and talk ….

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