Stay true to you
Planning your wedding can sometimes come with a bit of pressure, whether it be others beliefs or expectations, or current 'trends'. Don't forget the reason you are getting married, ultimately it's about celebrating the two of you with your closest friends and family, not much else matters!
Embrace who you are, and create a day that YOU want! Wear the colourful dress, have your kids, or both parents walk you down the aisle, scrap the seating plan! Whatever it is, stay true to you.
Think about your 'getting ready' location and whether the space is big enough, does it have enough natural lighting, is there an area for pre-ceremony photos in your dress or with your children / bridal party / parents? These images help bring your gallery together beautifully, and some really beautiful moments are captured during this time. If you are in a dark, small room, or there is a lot going on in the background with patterns / bright or bold coloured walls and curtains, these images just won't look as good as they could.
You will likely be up early, preparing for your big day ahead. A great way to start the day is by setting a bit of a timeline. Ease into your morning with a decent breakfast, and have snacks or platters ready for grazing throughout the day.
Prepare for your day by having all your important pieces ready for your photographer, some of these things might include your dress or suit, rings, flowers, perfume or cologne, important jewellery or any sentimental pieces.
Try to keep the space you're getting in, somewhat tidy - perhaps ask your bridesmaids or groomsman to take care of this (removing rubbish, empty bottles etc) This allows your pre wedding photos to have a lovely clean background.
Whilst we all know, sometimes things don't always go to plan, it's great to have a rough timeline and a run sheet in preparation for your day, this is very helpful for all your vendors involved to ensure everyone knows when and where to be.
This might include your MC, photographer, videographer, wedding planner, and anyone else involved in the organisation of your day.
Try to stick to your timeline as best you can, and allow extra time rather than less for each block of the day.
Embrace the Unexpected
Although we would rather not think about the 'unexpected', weather being one of the most concerning for many couples, there are some things you can do to prepare for a rainy day.
Clear umbrellas are a great idea for your bridal party.
If you are having an outdoor wedding, a marquee or some sort of shelter as back up is a must.
Go with the flow! You will get some pretty amazing photos on a rainy/gloomy day (also, so much fun!)
Then we have lovely, sunny day, not a cloud in the sky - this might result in a much brighter look, sometimes with unwanted shadows or squinting. In this case an area that is more sheltered or shaded by trees would be the best option for group photos. If we can avoid striking/harsh sunlight, we will.
Be yourself and have fun! On your wedding day you will feel all the emotions! Embrace them, and live in the moment, this gives the best outcome for your images too! You don't need to smile and look at the camera the entire day, in fact the great thing about hiring a professional wedding photographer is that we will guide you, step back, and document your day as it unfolds.
Take some time at the end of the day to head off together as a married couple. Last light or golden hour photos are a great time to do this. We can head off for 10 -15 minutes, and catch the sun setting. You will both have time to chat and take it all in, while I stand back and get some beautiful images of just the two of you.
Lastly, this is all about you, and the very important people you have chosen to celebrate with! We are here to celebrate you, and capture all the amazing moments throughout what will be an unforgettable day.