So, the day is approaching and we can bet you are getting excited about this, so we are. This day will move fast, you won’t believe how fast and excited this will be, lots of memories, laughs, tears, kissing, dancing.. you name it, this day will be pack of emotions and we’ll be there capturing everything that we see.
We want to give you a little guide of what to expect from us and how we work during your day, each wedding is unique and things normally change from what is expected (that’s the nature of weddings) but normally this is how it works:
1- The getting ready.
At the getting ready we’ll start capturing your details, these could be the invitations or any other stationary you have, dress & suit, shoes, jewelry, and any accessories you might have, also some ambient shots of where you are getting ready and candid photos of the people that is around you.
Example of bride accesories: bouquet, dress, shoes, earings and/or other jewelry, perfume, vow book.
Example of groom accesories: suit jacket, tie or bow tie, shoes, watch or other jewelry, vow book, sun glasses.
Bonus 1: at the getting ready it’s a good idea to have both wedding rings on a single place so we can take a photo of them together
Bonus 2: if possible, ask your florist to leave a few loose florals so we can use them.
Bonus 3: consider getting a wooden hanger instead of a plastic one, a normal wooden hanger will work great.
Bonus 4: hide all plastic bags, food leftovers, beer cans, or any other stuff that could make the room look messy.
We will try to look for the best place with the best natural light available so you can put your things on, also your mom or maid of honor can help you with some of this, we could guide you a tiny bit here just to make sure we have the best light but the idea is to keep everything rolling. After you are fully ready and if we have time, we can also take some shots of you alone and also with your friends.
2- The First Look
If you are planning to have a first look, this could normally take around 15min or so, if you already have a place in your location where you would like to have the first look please don’t hesitate to let us know so we can check it out, if not, we’ll look for a place that can work for it, always taking into consideration the light (this is the key through the whole day, light). After you see each other and have a some minutes to bring out the emotions, we can take a few portraits of you, very basic, but very nice.
3- The Ceremony
You can ignore us while this is going on (in a good way), most of the ceremony it’s about documenting what’s happening, but still, we have a few tips for you here:
- Walk slow, enjoy it, smile, look at your tribe and be happy for all of them.
- Try to place yourselves in the center of the altar, it can be tricky, we help you with this and let you know to move left or right so you are well centered (symmetry)
- Look at each other, this can be obvious but you won’t believe how easy is to just look at the officiant talking and not looking to each other. If you just look at the officiant and won’t to it to each other you will just give the back of your heads to the camera and the guests, and as you can imagine it’s not the best idea, smile to eachother, smile to the first row and to your friends, it will feel great to make that connection in such a beautiful moment.
- Kiss slowly, don’t rush it, don’t make it a Speedy Gonzales “light speed” kiss, enjoy it, give at least 2 seconds and if you can, KISS AGAIN!! (kisses are nice). Also, very important try not to cover your faces with your arms or hands, we know this could be hard to remember with all the emotions but everybody wants to see the kiss so remember, don’t cover your faces. Believe it or not, some couples actually practice the first kiss.
4- The recessional/exit
This is the last part of the ceremony, when you exit the altar and walk back the aisle. Have you think on what to do then? Many couples dont, and if you haven’t and you have seen some Pinterest photos, recessionals are one of the most funny and excited parts on a wedding day, it’s also a great opportunity to capture incredibly nice photos, but, there are somethings to take are into consideration to make it great:
- Don’t forget the bouquet, this can be obvious, but sometimes it happens that with all the excitement the bouquet gets left behind, so, don’t lose it.
- Once you have the bouquet, BRING IT UP!! Show us your Rockstar inside, it’s time to laugh, cheer and jump, you MADE IT!!!
- Kiss in the middle of the aisle, it’s always a nice touch.
5- Family portraits
Some people loves them, some people hates them, but believe us, having at least a few of these will be beautiful, these are the photos that your family will be looking for the most. We try to take these photos as close to the recessional finishes basically because people tend to vanish and go everywhere around the venue after the ceremony and it will be hard to get them together again. Now, here is the tricky part, depending on how big are the groups and how many groups you want this will take time, and sometime a lot, to gather each group it could take between 2 and 3min, so we normally recommend that you try to stick with no more than 10 groups so it will take us between 20 to 30min, if you want all your guests on a photo, we can take one big group shot (just let us know in advance so we can be prepare for this). It’s also good that you tell these people to don’t go to far from us, so we don’t have to chase them around and we can take the photos quicly. Also don’t forget to send us the group shot list so we can move smooth and have it ready.
6- Wedding party (if you are having it)
Lets not forget about your friends, these photos can happen before or after the ceremony, depending on the wedding timeline, but either way, we’ll have fun, we try to make it easy and quick. We’ll have different group combinations with guys and gals, and in some occasions individuals.
7- Newlywed portraits
Now here comes the part when we’ll kidnap you and walk a bit around the surroundings, the idea is that you interact as much as possible, laugh, remember something funny, throw some bad jokes, let’s make it fun, and don’t worry, we’ll guide you and give you some basic actions that you can do, and eventually we’ll make some minor adjustments looking for that precious light. This part could take about 20 to 30min, it all depends how much time you want, and how much time we have available.
8- The Reception
You can ignore us here too (but in a good way), this part it’s all about documenting the different events that can happen, for example a grand entrance, first dance, speeches, cake cutting, we’ll be there capturing each part trying to be the less intrusive as possible. One quick tip we can give you here is that during the first dance don’t just talk, you can also laugh and kiss or just make it intimate, but if you just talk though the whole dance all the photos will be just you articulating the mouths and generally that doesn’t look as good as a nice smile, or a romantic look.
9- The party
Ready to dance? Well this is it, it’s time to shake your booty. Party time it’s when we all have fun dancing to the music. We won’t tell you what to do, this will be all about capturing epic dances, happy faces and tequila shots. Remember the movie The Hangover when at the end of the movie they all look at the photos.. well.. sometimes it’s like that.
And remember, we will be there for you the whole time, if you want any specific photo please don’t hesitate to let us know and one of our team members will help you out for sure. Also if there are any specific details of guests that you would like us to pay more attention, don’t hesitate to let us know, this can be a family member, a close friend, an accessory, anything that you might think it’s special you let us know.
Our philosophy is to make things the less intrusive and flowly as possible with a friendly and hands down approach, weddings are to enjoy and we want to capture the real journey of your day, we don’t look for perfection, we look for the real and raw moments that naturally unfold, so when you look at your wedding gallery, you will see your own unique wedding as it really happened.
From our experience after hundreds of weddings, it’s the day going to be 100% perfect? we wish to say everything will be 100% as expected, but no, things can go a little bit out of course, but you know what, that’s what make weddings wonderful, each wedding is unique, you are unique, and in our point of view this uniqueness and unexpected twists are what makes a perfect wedding, if those unexpected things happen, embrase them, laugh to them, enjoy them, make it your own perfection and we’ll love to capture all that for you.
If you have any questions or need some advice, send us an email or text us, we’ll be very happy to help you.