This whole wedding planning thing is overwhelming. You can get lost in pages of “what to ask your wedding photographer” and even for me, seeing all of those blog posts make me want to take a nap. While you should never be afraid to ask me any questions you have, that’s what I am here for. (Whatever you can throw at me, don’t worry, I have been asked weirder.)
Here are a few you might be too nervous to ask, and a few I wish you would ask.
How can we get the best out of our wedding photos?
Enjoy your wedding day and those around you. It’s as simple as that. Beautiful wedding photographs have nothing to do with photographing at a particular time, portraits at a picturesque location, or spending hours taking pictures. They are made spectacular by what you bring to it.
It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the little things (“did we pick the exact right blue for the centerpieces?”), but by doing so, you’re going to miss the moments that really matter.
Do I have to follow “X” tradition?
If you want to, yes. If you don’t, no. Your wedding day is a celebration of you both. Contrary to what your over-opinionated aunt/second cousin/person you haven’t spoken to since high school says, all that is needed for a wedding is people in love. That’s it. The rest is up to you.
Have you dreamed of the traditional wedding? Do it. Do you want to walk yourself down the aisle? Go for it. Do you wish you could order pizza instead of a 4 course plated meal? That sounds great. Can you only imagine yourself getting married in a church? Let’s do it. Want to rock a bright purple dress down the aisle or a meticulous suit? They will look great on you. Let your wedding day be yours.
What is your favorite part of a wedding day?
I love the moments in between the expected moments of a wedding day. The secret glances exchanged, that “oh my god we are actually married” excitement right after a couple walks back down the aisle, the way a loved one looks on to a first dance, your best friend’s “I have had too many beers” dance move that takes you back to college days. Those are the little moments that are unique to each wedding, and they are always my favorites.
And, the question couples seem to be most scared to ask…
Because I’m awesome and make the best jokes? Kidding. If you ask my husband they are pretty terrible.
There is a consensus of “this is what a wedding has to be to count as a wedding” and “this is what you have to do to get good wedding photos.” From the very get-go, know you can leave all of that at the door. Any insecurities about your weddings not being “wedding enough” go out the window, and we get down to telling your story.
It’s bar hopping because three hours of portraits don’t make sense for every wedding, and that dance move your best friend has when they have had too much to drink. It’s the full story of your wedding day and the people that existed in it, not just the expected, pretty highlights.
It’s your grandfather’s face when you walked down the aisle, or how good it felt to finally be married to your person. Your wedding photos have the ability to take you back to a magical day. Let’s make sure they show you how it felt, not just how it looked. I can do that for you while still letting you have a crap-ton of fun on your wedding day. You won’t spend the entire day feeling like you cant have fun because you have photos to take.