GETTING READY

 
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My approach:

  • During this part of the day, emotions will be high (in a good way!) therefore I'll be taking a step back and capturing the natural occurrences!

  • If there is a spacious and appropriate place to take photos of the bride's hanging dress, as well as her shoes, jewellery, and bouquet, then I may slip away to do so. Otherwise, I'll ensure I get photos of these items when the bride is wearing them later on in the day.

For your itinerary: 

  • I'll arrive 2-3 hours before the Ceremony starts. This gives me plenty of time to capture the general joy and last preparations before the 'Miss' becomes a 'Mrs'!

  • I always think it's lovely if the bride can put 10 minutes in to the schedule for some bridal portraits, perhaps just after she's been put in to her dress and before I head to the Ceremony. This will be when the hair and make-up will look its finest (before the Ceremony’s emotions and copious amounts of guest-hugging!) This is of course optional, I just recommend it.

  • I'll head off to arrive at the Ceremony venue 30 minutes before the service begins. This gives me time to set up and capture the groom and groomsmen in action, guests arriving, and any decorations/flowers within the venue.

Things to check:

  • Is there somewhere I can park? If not, please let me know where the nearest parking is.

Advice: 

  • Keep things as tidy as you would like them to be seen in your photographs!

  • Perhaps put some music on! It can lighten the atmosphere, and is a good distraction from the camera clicks.


CEREMONY

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My approach:

  • I will be as discreet as possible and simply capture the Ceremony as it unfolds.

  • Due to legal reasons, I will not be allowed to take photos when you sign the register. After you have signed the document we can then take a staged photo of you and your witnesses by a blank register which usually the Registrars provide.

For your itinerary:

  • I will aim to arrive at the Ceremony 20-30 minutes before it begins. At this point I’ll check in with the Groom and the Vicar/Registrar.

Things to check: 

  • Is there somewhere I can park? If not, please let me know where the nearest parking is.

  • Check with the priest or registrar whether there are any parts of the Ceremony I can not take photos, or whether there are restrictions about where I can stand. A couple of people have been caught out before and I wasn’t allowed to take ANY photos during the Ceremony!

Advice:  

  • Some venues, especially old churches, are quite dark and poorly lit. Therefore just ensure all the available lights are on. If it’s too dark, please just be aware that I may have to use a flash.


COUPLE PHOTOS

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My approach:

  • I will direct you as much or as little as you like! Generally, I will lead you in to a position and then allow you to relax in to it and be yourselves.

For your itinerary:

  • Allow around 30 minutes after the Ceremony for some photos of you both.

  • If we will be driving somewhere other than the Ceremony and Reception location, add this travel time on to the 30 minutes and think about parking.

  • Depending on what time of the year your wedding is taking place, and what the weather decides to do on the day, perhaps schedule in an extra 20 minutes before the sunset for us to take some extra couple photos during the ‘golden hour’!

Advice:  

  • If I am not saying anything, it means I love what you’re doing!

  • Silence is a beautiful thing - embrace the peace and stillness.

  • Make each other laugh! Weirdness is welcomed.

  • Stay close. The more physical contact the better!

  • Don’t look to me to direct your EVERY movement; look at each other. Laugh, chat or simply ‘be’.

  • Don’t worry about what I’m thinking! If there is anything I want to change, I’ll change it. I’ll usually be thinking about composition, lighting and whether I’m capturing the reality in the best possible and flattering way!

  • Remember that you are truly beautiful and that you just got freaking MARRIED!!


GROUP PHOTOS

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My approach:

  • Before the day, I will ask you to fill out the form below and provide me with a list of all the Group Photographs you require on the day. I will also ask you for the names of two ‘runners’. These are people who know who is who on the list, and they will be responsible for ‘herding’ everyone on the list. I keep this part of the day fairly traditional, but I like to take a few more creative and relaxed photos of the bridal party (bridesmaids and groomsmen) if there is any spare time and if you’re up for a bit of fun!

For your itinerary:

  • Allow 5 minutes per traditional group photo. Allow 15-20 minutes extra if you’d like some more creative and relaxed photos of the bridal party (optional) 

Advice: 

  • Keep your list no longer than 8-10 different groupings. Organising guests at weddings is sometimes like herding cats(!) so can sometimes feel a little overwhelming for the bride & groom. We will of course keep it as efficient and relaxed as possible!

  • At this point in the day, you wouldn’t have spent much time mingling with guests, so after the Group Photos are over, ensure you then have some down time scheduled in to see everyone and sip on your favourite cocktail before sitting down to eat.

Name *
Name
e.g Sophie Smith (sister) and Adam Edwards (usher)
e.g. Bride & Groom with John Smith & Lucy Smith (Bride's Parents)

FOOD

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Things to check:

  • Please ensure I have some food provided. Once you start eating, I’ll slip away to eat, rest and re-fuel before returning for the speeches and the rest of the fun!


RECEPTION FUN

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My approach:

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