6 Things To Remember When Planning Your Wedding.

Thanks for reading! I'm excited to share a few tips for planning your wedding! Remember these are just suggestions and aren't meant to be the necessarily "right" thing to do! These are mainly based from a photographers stand point. So a lot of it has to do with light :). Remember to be true to yourself when planning your wedding and do what feels right for you and your fiancé. If you ever have any questions about anything, please let us know! 

1. Sunset times! 
If you want beautiful light for your [outdoor] ceremony, plan to begin your ceremony 1.5 hours before sunset. Not sure when the sun is going to set on your big day? Check out timeanddate.com. Another great tip to remember for outdoor ceremonies: if possible, set up your ceremony spot so that the sun is behind the officiants back. This creates even shadows on everyone and eliminates harsh shadows and squinty eyes. 
*Notice the images below. The one on the left, the sun is behind the officiants back and the image on the right, the sun is in front of the officiant. 

2. Give us time to capture all the small details. 
It takes us roughly 15-20 minutes to capture prep details (dress, shoes, invitations, jewelry, rings, etc.). It takes us roughly 5-8 minutes to capture ceremony details and roughly 10 minutes to capture *un-touched* reception details. Want to know how we capture *un-touched* reception details? Cocktail hour. During cocktail hour guests aren't allowed into the reception space. This is great for photographers! We can photograph all of those pretty place settings and table decor with out any coats, purses or people in the way. 

3. Hire a planner or day of coordinator. 
I can't tell you how many times I've seen brides get frustrated because people were constantly running up to them asking questions. If anything adds stress to a bride on her wedding day, it's having to answer everyones endless questions. When you have a planner or day of coordinator, everyone will seek them to answer their questions leaving the bride relaxed. Enjoy the day, hire a planner.

4. Put a marking down at the altar.
If you get married in front of an arch, columns, tree, etc. then nothing can throw off your pictures more than you and your spouse lop sided in front of your decor. Put down a pice of duct tape (or whatever works for where you are getting married) at rehearsal and make sure to stand on your marking the next day. 

5. Reception lighting.
I don't need a ton of light for pretty low-lit dancing shots, but I do need some. You would be surprised how much good a few strands of bistro lights will do for your reception. You can find them on amazon (price cut if you have amazon prime-I love amazon prime). Make sure to get extension cords and check with your venue to make sure they allow it. 
*Image to the left had decorative balls of lights hanging on the edge of the tent.

6. Window light for bride & groom prep photos.
A lot of people don't realize how crucial natural light is for photographers like me who rely on natural light. When choosing your getting ready location, make sure you have a *clean* well-lit room designated for you to get dressed in. Window light will make a huge difference on your photos! Don't feel pressured to get dressed in the dark church choir room just because everyone always does it. 

Thanks for reading! Be on the look out for more content soon! If anyone has requests on what they would like to learn more about, please shoot me an email! I'd love to hear from you! :)