At the start of the day, I arrive early to get set up, speak to the venue organisers and take some photos of the venue. These photos set the scene for the day and the setting of your wedding.
Bride & Groom Preparations
If you’re getting ready at the same venue as the ceremony I will normally start coverage about 2 hours beforehand. This is a great time to capture candid moments with the bride and her bridesmaids or the groom with the groomsmen.
Your guests will start to arrive and will often greet the Groom who may already be waiting at the ceremony location. This time is also a chance for the photographer to speak to the registrar or official to introduce themselves and discuss the approach for the ceremony.
If your getting ready location is different to the ceremony location then you will probably arrive in a wedding car. This is a good opportunity for classic photos of the arrival of the bride.
The ceremony has a number of specific parts which the photographer will capture. The entry procession, vows, reading, exchange of the rings, first kiss, signing of the register and the exit procession are all key moments in the ceremony.
After the ceremony has just finished is an ideal time to do the family group photos. I recommend a small number of these ‘formal’ photos which act as a record of your guests on the day.
Drinks & Canapes
A chance to relax and speak to your guests after the ceremony as a newly married couple.
Whilst the majority of my photos are ‘in the moment’, it’s good to set aside some time for some classic couple portraits. These are normally done in the grounds of the reception venue for a natural feel and to capture the setting fully.
After your guests have taken their seats for the wedding breakfast, you are typically ‘announced’. Whilst you have your wedding breakfast I normally take some time to edit up preview photos to display at the evening reception.
After your guests have taken their seats for the wedding breakfast, you are typically ‘announced’. Whilst you have your wedding breakfast I take some time to edit up preview photos, charge batteries and have a break.
After the wedding breakfast is a nice time to take a break whilst the venue prepare for the evening reception. This may be turning round the room or setting up the band or DJ. It’s an ideal part of the day for the couple to take some time out with a walk outside and some fresh air. This is a chance to capture some end of day portraits.
Cutting the Cake
It is tradition to get a photo of the couple cutting their wedding cake. After the formal photo there is a chance for guests to take photos as well. It is common for the cutting of the cake to go straight into the first dance.
A chance to take the classic shot of your first dance as a married couple. This is also a good opportunity for photos of your guests getting the party started and letting their hair down a bit.