BRIDE & GROOM PORTRAITS
Excuse me as I jump in delight at the anticipation of photographing this portion of your wedding day! If we’re being honest, all of the wedding day images are important but the real favorites are almost always from my time with the Bride and Groom. These romantic portraits of just the two of you will be the images that you frame beside your bed or over your mantle and they will also be the images that will fill your album for generations to enjoy.
These images are always my favorite not only because of their beauty but because this is such a sweet portion of the day. For this brief moment in time, you will be alone with your groom on your wedding day. You will have a chance to love on each other and really connect before the craziness begins! Romantic portraits are normally done before the ceremony (after the “First Look”) and then I LOVE shooting a few “just married” portraits after the ceremony as well. This is when the light is low and golden. It’s such a romantic time for bride and groom portraits! If you’re not interested in a first look, we will make sure to include a lot of time after the ceremony for these portraits.
TRUSTING PORTRAIT LOCATION
One of my favorite parts of my job is taking something so ordinary and making it look absolutely amazing. This happens most often when it comes to picking portrait locations. If there is one thing that I love and appreciate about my couples, it’s that they trust us. Sometimes I select portrait locations that most people
wouldn’t consider attractive.
First Look or Grand Entry
A big decision that weighs heavy on your photography timeline is the decision to have a first look or wait for the grand entry at the ceremony. Many factors come to play once you make this decision. I am here to help you weigh what is most important to you. When creating timelines for my couples, time of the year is important to take into consideration. Depending on when you are getting married, could determine your ceremony time. For example, a November wedding will have to have an earlier ceremony because the sun goes down around 5:30 pm. Think about that. If your ceremony is at 4:30 pm, when will you have your bridal portraits, family portraits, and bride and groom portraits. Are you going to want to fit all this in the half hour you have left with the sun? This is why I think first looks are the best and have so many benefits. However, it is your day and your decision to make. As your photographer, we can discuss the different options you have for your specific day!
Asking yourself these questions, can help you make the best decision for your wedding day:
- What time of year is my wedding?
- When does the sun set?
- What images are most important to me? (Here are some examples)
- Groom's reaction when I walk down the isle
- Bride and Groom Portraits
- Family Portraits
- Bridal and Family Portraits
- Do I want to be in attendance at my cocktail hour or am I okay with missing it?