As soon as Jenni got engaged, she reached out to me and I was so excited to sit down over coffee and chat with her. I shot her sisters wedding back in May and their family is seriously the sweetest. I loved talking wedding plans, listening to the proposal story and just talking with Jenni. Even though I can't shoot their wedding next May (which I am super bummed about)...I still got to capture a part of their love story.
O'Neil was a pilot and Jenni thought it would be a neat idea to take a few shots with a plane...um, yes please! Luckily it worked out that we got to go out on the tarmac at the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport. After our fun with the planes...we headed over to enjoy some time at the Virginia Tech Duck Pond. The fall colors were perfect for their session and it was a beautiful day out.
I mean just take a look at the picture to the right...gah! I'm in love with that shot. And let's be honest, I loved this whole session with Jenni and O'Neil. I can't wait to see what their big day holds for them.
It's your wedding day, the day that you've been dreaming about and planning for so long. Your hair is perfect, your makeup is flawless and you are about to walk down the aisle. Your guests are waiting and ready to witness the start of your marriage. You've invited them there to be present as you say "I do" and to support you along this journey. While it is your day, you want to make sure that your guest feel included and can take part in your ceremony.
I'm not saying that you have to give each of your guests a job to do, but there are a few simple tips that will make your guests feel involved. This also goes hand-in-hand with ways to make your wedding ceremony photographer-friendly. Let me explain with a little more detail.
Getting the bride into her gown can sometimes be a hectic part to the day. It can seem rushed and everyone wants to help get her dressed as quickly as possible. But there are a few tips that I've found to help the bride (and the bridesmaids) with "getting ready" portraits. If you missed last weeks "Wedding Walkthrough Wednesday" post, you can find out all about bridal details here.
Being behind the scenes on weddings day has given me a new perspective. I haven't been married, I'm not engaged...so this is something that I've learned over my time shooting as a wedding photographer and a second shooter.
There are a few tips that I have to ease that stress on the morning of.
But my biggest tip is to HAVE ALL OF YOUR DETAILS TOGETHER. When I first arrive to start shooting, the first thing on my to-do list for the day is to shoot bridal details, only after saying hello to the bride and introducing myself to the bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride. So what things should you have together?