Your wedding day will be one of the happiest moments of your life. As you and your partner commit to each other, surrounded by loved ones, you want to capture those moments to look back on fondly in the years to come.
Before finding a reliable photographer, you have to decide which points in the ceremony and reception you want to capture, and settle on a photographic style that best reflects your relationship with your fiancé.
Creating your own unique style
Settling on the right photographer is all about choosing someone with a diverse portfolio that fits in with the style you want. If you are having a themed wedding, you will likely want the finished album to reflect the chosen décor, whether it follows a 1940s aesthetic or a vintage theme. Discuss this with the photographer ahead of the day, so that they know what you are expecting.
Decide how much you want to spend so that you can choose an appropriate photo package. A reputable photographer will provide a selection of packages to suit all tastes and budgets. You may want to include some snapshots taken before the day, perhaps from the engagement party.
The morning of the wedding
Most couples want to capture memories of the whole day, which includes getting ready for the ceremony. Many brides want a photo of the dress before it is worn, followed by shots of the bride and bridesmaids having their makeup and hair done.
A selection of photos of the bride with her maid of honour, bridesmaids and her parents will all help to build up to the special moment in an album. Decide ahead of time where photos should be taken. Perhaps have a photo of the bride taken in a spectacular garden, surrounded by flowers, or in the limousine prior to setting off for the ceremony.
The groom will also require a selection of photos with parents and the best man, taken at various stages of the morning.
The photos of the ceremony will often commence shortly beforehand, as well as during the nuptial proceedings and afterwards. It is important that the photographer is professional, capturing moments without intruding on the ceremony.
From the bride walking down the aisle to the reaction of the groom as he watches the love of his life approaching, there’s so much for the photographer to work with at this point – a thousand emotions you will want to remember forever. You may want the photographer to include snaps of the parents, family and friends, the altar if the venue is a church, and any special moments during the exchanging of the vows.
As the happy couple leave the site of the wedding, the photographer will usually take snaps of the newlyweds and the wedding party as they gather outside.
It’s natural for couples to want photos taken during the speeches, the first dance and the tossing of the bouquet. There may be other special moments, unique to your day, which you want to include.
Whatever your tastes, it’s important to discuss how many photographs you would like, whether or not you would like digital versions, and the size of wedding album. Your wedding photographs will tell the story of your special day to future generations.