The photos taken on your big day will serve as a precious reminder of all the excitement and details of your wedding. Make sure you book your wedding photography well in advance and discuss with the photographer which photos you would like taken.
The Big Day Photography Timeline
The Morning Of
The morning of your wedding is such an enjoyable time, filled with excitement and anticipation. Have your photographer capture moments of the bride and bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done, being pampered with a glass of champagne. The bride getting into her dress, helped by the mother of the bride or bridesmaids, is a beautiful moment to photograph.
If time allows, also have the photographer visit the groom and groomsmen. Photographing their time before the ceremony and details of their suits.
Above photos captured by one of our recommended suppliers Lizzie Slater
Capturing candid moments throughout the day provides get memories. Ask your photographer to be there as you leave to get into your wedding transport. This is also a great opportunity to photograph the bride and the father of the bride together, as they usually travel to the ceremony together.
The arrival is the first moment where the bride will be seen by many, so make sure not only the bride is photographed, but also those seeing her. This is also a great opportunity to get a shot of the wedding cars.
The First Look
Make sure your photographer gets this precious tear-jerking moment on camera. Whether the couple are alone for their first look or the groom sees his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle to him, it is one you will want to remember forever.
Above photos captured by one of our recommended suppliers A boy called Ben
‘You May Kiss the Bride’
Capture this emotional moment which completes the ceremony. Ask your photographer to also photograph your guests sat watching at this time, providing a record of all their smiles and tears of joy.
Signing the Register
Ensure you have a record of this important moment, of you both signing the dotted line and your witnesses.
‘I Now Pronounce you Husband and Wife’
The moment of the bride and groom walking out of the church or ceremony as newlyweds, surrounded by friends and family, is not one to miss. Following this, get some action shots of your guests throwing confetti!
It is a good idea to have a plan of the group photographs you would like. Traditionally the ushers help organise people on the wedding day, so make sure both the ushers and the photographer know who you would like in each photograph. You will be surprised how long it takes to organise and photograph several groups of people. So planning ahead will make the whole process more efficient.
Weddings symbolise not only two people coming together, but of two families coming together, so it is very important to make time for them on your big day. Have photographs with both the bride and groom’s parents, siblings and close family members.
Make sure the bride has photographs with her bridesmaids and maid of honour, and the groom with his groomsmen and best man. Show the joining of the bride and groom by having the two bridal parties photographed together.
A Private Moment
Escape the busyness of the day to enjoy some time as newlyweds before joining the reception. Your photographer can capture these romantic candid moments while it really sinks in that you are husband and wife!
While the wedding speeches are sure to create smiles, laughs and even blushed checks, ensure your photographer is catching all of these moments.
Your first dance is a beautiful moment between bride and groom, surrounded by your friends and family. Capture this moment as it is one you will not want to forget.
Wedding Photography Tips
Ask your photographer to capture as many candid moments as possible. These photographs will give a real sense of the emotion felt on the big day, which you will be reminded of when looking back through them.
Although a large part, besides you and your guests there are other things that will make your day so special and personal. Make sure your photographer captures all the details of your big day, such as your venues, table decorations and wedding cake, all interior and exterior details!
It is a good idea to meet with your photographer at your venues to plan your perfect shots. Incorporating both your own personal ideas along with the photographer’s professional opinion. Consider the backdrop for your photos. Whether it is a famous landmark, beautiful natural landscape or alternative background, consider your location and personality to ensure you get your perfect newlywed photographs.
Most importantly, it is likely many of your guests will take photos throughout your big day. make sure to ask that they send them to you after the excitement is all over. This is a great way to gain photos from a mix of angles, especially during those special moments, such as the speeches, cake cutting and first dance.
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