I will take you through the most important parts of the day and what to have in mind.
After a good night’s sleep the day normally continues with you getting ready at separate locations. Hopefully not too far from each other. My wish is to visit you both during this time. Look for spots in the room near windows with natural light flowing in.
This is one of my favourite moments. Since the groom haven’t seen the bride in her wedding dress before, the first look is a perfect way to do that. The most common way is to have the groom placed in an open spot facing the opposite direction of where the bride will appear. The bride slowly walks up to the groom who then turns around to his wife-to-be. Forget about everything else for a couple of minutes and just enjoy the moment.
A portrait session can look totally different from wedding to wedding. What I suggest is to choose at least two different options for locations. It doesn’t have to be complicated. A field for example can be perfect. If the wedding is taking place near a lake, a mounting or in a city that could also be a great option. The time usually flies during the portraits so allocate enough time in the schedule.
During the ceremony I won’t be directing much. I work silently and try not to be in anyone’s way. When the ceremony is over and the married husband and wife exits people traditionally throw rice on the couple, which is nice! But, confetti, people. Don’t underestimate the wonder of confetti.
To get your guests into a good mood you can have them do some ice breaking games while waiting for you to arrive at the party. A quiz about the bride and groom or a wedding guest bingo for instans. It’s also a good opportunity for me to photograph your guests being themselves while talking and laughing with each other.
This is a must if the weather allows it. Depending on what time of the year it is, the golden hour appears approximately around 18:00 to 21:30. The light is warm and amazingly beautiful and all it takes is about 15-20 minutes of your time. It will be so worth it, so make a plan for this in the schedule!
Special exit with sparklers
Sparklers are a fun element to have in the late evening or night. One way to do this is to place the guests on two straight lines facing each other forming a small gateway for the the married couple. Once the sparklers are lightened - walk, kiss and/or dance your way through the crowd.
Smoke bombs can be used in almost any part of the day. It can be a cool effect to use during the portraits or as a fun way to do the bridal party shots. I’m all in for creative things like this!