BEST PRACTICES DAY OF

Here we go y’all!  First off... grab yourself a glass of wine OR your favorite beer and.. CLINK! Cheers to this-ish, you made it through all of the wedding planning.

 Now is literally the time to start taking it all in and enjoying the upcoming memories to come.  I have a few favorite tips I would love to share with you to maximize the beauty of your portraits.  Hope they are helpful!

TIPS FOR THE WISE

  • Bring real hangers for your apparel- love the look of nice wire or wooden hangars over anything plastic.
  • Bring along an invitation- Go now, grab it.. set it aside!  I love to take a photo of the invitation suite for your records on the wedding day amongst the rest of your details
  • Make sure you drink out of REAL glassware.  Class it up by subbing plastic bottles and drinkware with real glasses provided by your hotel or bring something along.
  • Pro-actively reduce clutter! Ask your wedding party to put all of their belongings in one space when they come into your getting ready areas.  A room without a bunch of bags in the background and piles of clothes is going to make your photos look even more special and better yet you will have good spacial juju without having bags strewn about your floor.
  • Find that good light- Ask your hair and makeup person to put their station by the best source of natural light like a big window or sliding door.  Your skin will look great and you will be thankful to not have yellow hotel lighting in your getting ready photos.

CELL PHONES

DON'T BE THIS GUY

I want to capture you and your love in the most beautiful and organic way possible! 

I understand and love that your guests want to share in this moment with you too, but respectfully ask that they let me do the shooting during the ceremony!

Now read this part carefully cause the details are the important things here.

Have your officiant make an announcement before the ceremony starts (LIKE...BEFORE PEOPLE WALK DOWN THE AISLE KINDA BEFORE) asking guests to please keep their cell phones tucked away for the duration of the ceremony. Other important moments too - such as your first dance, or cutting the cake - should follow suit. 

UNPLUGGED WEDDING SIGNAGE

A friendly reminder when people walk into the ceremony will help reinforce your vision of having guests there and present with their own eyes.  Consider some of this inspiration when you are making your signage.


FAMILY PHOTOS

You're definitely going to want to have a super organized family photo list. The last thing you're going to want to worry about on your wedding day is "Did we get the shot with cousin Joe? Did we get one with Karen?" A detailed family photo shot list will help ALL OF THAT! I will keep a copy on hand (your wedding coordinator will too) to make sure we've got everyone nearest and dearest to you accounted for. 

Remember - anyone who you would like a formal photo with needs to be on this list! Since I don't know everyone's family dynamics, I can't even assume the "obvious". I mean, there are some people who don't want photos with their parents on their wedding day!

Designate a "family photo helper" - this person will be my point person and go to for photos on your wedding day - you can even connect us via email before the big day if you prefer. The ideal candidate will be one part sassy, one part fun, and one part organized! They will help me wrangle in everyone on the list so we can breeze through your photos and get you and your love off to very important events - like your cocktail hour!

BE SPECIFIC: Make sure you list if you would like the photo with you and your spouse or just one of you.

Here is an example of a family photo list - feel free to make this your own! 

BEFORE CEREMONY

BRIDE'S SIDE

Bride, Bride's mother, sister Kara, brother Ivan 

Bride, Bride's Grandma, Bride's Grandpa, Uncle Ken, Aunt Jessica, cousin Jody

Bride, Bride's mother, Bride's father, brother Joe, sister Kara

 

GROOM'S SIDE

Bride, Groom, Groom's mother, Groom's father, sister Joanne, sister Melissa

Groom, Groom's mother, Groom's father

Bride, Groom, Groom's Grandma, Groom's Grandpa

Groom, Groom's mother, Groom's father, uncle Caleb, aunt Erika, cousin Jared

 

AFTER CEREMONY

BRIDE'S SIDE

Bride, Groom, Groom's mother, Groom's father, sister Jade, sister Kara

Bride, Bride's mother, Bride's father, uncle Leon, aunt Jada, cousin Larry

Bride, Groom, Groom's Grandma, Groom's Grandpa, uncle Casey, aunt Dawn

 

GROOM'S SIDE

Bride, Groom, Groom's grandma, Groom's Grandpa, cousin Joe, cousin Sawyer

Bride, Groom's mother, Groom's father

Bride, Groom's mother, Groom's father, uncle Joe, aunt Mary, cousin David