Editing last night and came across this gorgeous image. First of all I am in LOVE with these bridesmaids dresses 🥰. Secondly it really did give me goose bumps. We absolutely love photos that capture the joy and emotion of a wedding day. Sometimes it’s through candid moments, sometimes it’s through a skilled photographer who knows how to pose in a way that still maintains a natural and true reaction. But ladies, photos like this, that’s what it’s all about. Being able to look back 50 years from now and remember the amazing friends you have and how they were such a support system through your wedding.
Day Seven: The Exit We are on the last day of our “Tips For The Bride” Series. We truly hope you’ve taken away some awesome tips! Let’s jump into the last topic: The Exit. Tip 1: Know the Rules Every venue is different and have different rules, for example some venues will not allow sparkler exits. Before you plan an exit make sure you know the venues policies. Aside from calling the venue to find these policies out, most venues have their exit policies in the contract. Tip 2: Sparklers: Sparklers are a very popular choice for exits, however they can be extremely dangerous as well. I can’t tell you how many times Landon and I have been burnt during a sparkler exit. It’s a little scary when intoxicated guests are being given fire lol. It’s always good to have someone in charge of the exit. Most the time this will be the planner or venue coordinator. Having someone in charge helps keep everyone safe. Many times I’ve seen planners have to stop an intoxicated guest from grabbing 10 sparklers at once. What’s more scary than an intoxicated guest with 1 sparkler? An intoxicated guest with 10! 😳 Tip 3: Bubbles: I get asked a lot if bubbles are a good option for an exit. Most brides are concerned with it being dark, the bubbles with not show up in the photos. If you have a photographer who is familiar with their off camera flash, bubbles are actually a beautiful exit plan. The light bounces off the bubbles and they look gorgeous! What we do recommend is that you have 2 bubble guns ready to go (a bubble machine would work as well.) Those little bubbles you buy for guest to blow at the exit don’t quite produce the amount of bubbles we like in exit photos. Having a one guest on each side of the line (preferably in the middle of the line where we will have you stop and kiss) helps fill the area with lots of beautiful bubbles and makes some beautiful photos. Tip 4: Kiss We love a good kissing shot during the exit. Grooms, as we spoke about on Day Three, when you kiss your bride, make sure to wrap your arms around her, bring her close, and KISS! A nice dip is always a plus as well. Just make sure if your dipping her, to dip to the side, so we can capture both your faces.
This week we have had the honor of talking to several new brides to be and hear each of their unique stories. When we hear the excitement in their voice as they describe the vision for their wedding day our hearts are overjoyed. It’s probably the extreme extrovert in me, but each time we gain a new bride I’m so excited because I know I’m gaining more than just a new client, I’m gaining a new friend. I get the honor of spending the whole wedding day with them. I get to be a part of some of the most special moments that they will cherish for the rest of their lives, and not only just be a part of those moments but we get to document them for the couple to look back on and even share with their children one day. What we do, it’s incredible and it bring so much joy to us. I really can’t describe how blessed we feel.
Day Six: Today’s it’s all about The First Dance! Tip 1: Smile Most brides and grooms talk to one another during their first dance. You’ve just said I Do and this is your first chance to express to one another how excited you are to finally be husband and wife. While we want you to enjoy this moment and say whatever is on your heart, keep in mind to smile! You’d be surprised the awkward faces you make as you talk. It’s easy to get caught up in conversations and forget you’re not smiling. Tip 2: Practice All eyes are on you! That can be a little overwhelming especially if you don’t normally dance together. Practice truly does make perfect. If you plan to do anything more than sway back and forth (such as spins or a romantic dip), work together on coming up with a dance routine. Some couples even take lessons! Tip 3: Play The Whole Song Many couples opt to only dance to half of their first dance song. We understand many times this is because the couple is not entirely comfortable dancing with all eyes on them. Though you may have nerves, we encourage our couples to try and dance through the entire song. This gives us more time to capture more photos. First dance photos are always so sweet, and we want to give you as many as we can. Tip 4: Last Dance We know this isn’t a tip for the first dance but we highly suggest a Private Last Dance! This dance in my personal opinion can be even more romantic than the first dance. You have the entire reception to yourself, romantic dim lighting, and you finally get a private moment to yourself. The mood is absolutely perfect! I’ve yet to meet a couple who regretted a last dance.
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Day Five: Today we are taking about Family a Portraits. Let’s dive in. Tip 1: Make A Plan. We give all our brides a form to fill out called “The Family Portrait Sheet.” We’ve designed this form to be easy to understand and it helps the couple list all the family photos they want. Every couple should sit down with both their parents and take the time to decide what family portraits they want. Including your parents in this process will help insure you do not miss important photos. Tip 2: Group. For our weddings we allot 20 minutes for the family portraits and tell the couple how many photos we can capture in that time period. All families come in different sizes, sometimes we have couples with a large amount of people In their family. In these situations it’s not always possible to get single shots of each member with couple, so we recommend group shots. Its common to do single shots with Immediate family (mom, dad, siblings, grandparents), but where you can group you should. This ensures you have photo of everyone and keeps you on schedule. Tip 3: Communication. Family members should be told prior to the wedding that they will be in family photos. Once the ceremony is over, guests will join cocktail hour. It’s extremely time consuming and holds up your photos to have to go look for family members who didn’t realize to stay behind for photos. Tip 4: Stand Your Ground. We prepare and get organized for the family portraits prior to a wedding day so that on the actual day everything runs smoothly. We never want your family portraits to go over it’s scheduled time and take time away from your Bride and Groom portraits. The one problem most all couples run into is family members who want to add photos to the list last minute. This can get out of hand fast, so we don’t recommend adding images on the wedding day, however there is a polite way to handle this situation without hurting anyone feels. Explain to your family members if there are any photos that were not captured during the family portraits, the photographers are more than willing to capture these images during down time at the reception. It’s a win win!
Little GiGi and her pink nails are too much 😍 We adore Fur Babies! In fact we have two fur babies of our own (Maggie and Piffles.) Do you have a little fur baby that has you wrapped around their little paw?? Tell us about them below!