Planning your wedding day timeline might feel like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle without the picture. However, it is a key part to getting those frame-worthy photos. Let us guide you through this process step-by-step.
Time for Golden Hour Magic
Want to know a photographer's secret? The 'Golden Hour' is their best friend, and it should be yours, too! This is when the ideal moments of soft, warm lighting take place just after sunrise or before sunset, and they work like magic for your photos. If possible, slot your couple’s session during this time. Just imagine those gorgeous backlit shots with an ethereal glow. The will be breathtaking.
Making Room for Family Portraits
Family portraits are a must do on the day. You'd ideally want these taken when everyone's looking fresh and feeling peppy. Hence, scheduling them shortly after the ceremony, but before the reception, is usually the best time. This way, you catch everyone while they’re still pristine, with not a hair out of place, before the partying starts in earnest.
First Look: A Photo-Op Worth Considering
We've chatted about the 'First Look' already, remember? It's when you and your partner see each other in your full outfits and ready for the first time. This can be a private moment just for the two of you (plus your photographer, of course), or you can include your bridal party. Either way, it's a fantastic opportunity for some really emotive shots. If you're up for it, consider slotting in your 'First Look' an hour or so before the ceremony.
Prep Shots: The Real Behind-the-Scenes
There's something beautifully authentic about the hustle and bustle of the pre-ceremony prep. You'd be surprised how many sweet and candid moments can be captured here. Allow your photographer access to both partners’ getting-ready locations about an hour or two before you need to be fully dressed.
Party Time: Let Loose and Enjoy!
Once the reception hits, it's all about letting loose and enjoying the moment. You and your guests will be in full party mode, and these candid, fun-filled shots will perfectly capture the joyous vibe of your day.
Remember, this is Your Day
While these tips can guide you, your wedding day should reflect your unique love story. Be open to adjusting your timeline based on your preferences and traditions. After all, it’s about creating a day you’ll remember forever, with photos that bring a warm smile to your face every time you look at them.