Morning bridal portraits
Morning bridal/bridesmaids portraits often get missed (which is a shame as they are usually really pretty) because there is no time for them. Please keep in mind that most things will take longer than you expect (for example: putting on your dress/shoes/jewelry will take at least half an hour, often more; hair/makeup artists usually take longer to finish then expected, etc). We can help you to plan your morning – please let us know in the “Notes” section of your pre-wedding questionnaire if this is important for you.
Formal group photos
Formal photos will take around 30-60 mins depending on how many you want: each photo will take 3-4 minutes. It might sound like a lot of time for just taking a picture, but when you consider that for each shot we will need to find, collect, arrange people and pose them, and then take a few shots of each arrangement – you will understand where all that time goes. One photo that should be considered separately is the “All attendants” shot. It will take about 15 minutes to do – that’s the time usually required to collect and arrange all the people, so take that into account if you want to have that photo. We suggest going for under 8-10 group shots, which will take around 40 minutes. In our experience, if it takes more than that, people (and most importantly you, the couple) will likely get bored to death and just cancel the rest of the planned group photos.
You will specify the group shots that you want when you fill out our online questionnaire. Group photos are normally taken between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast.
The portraits of the couple
These will be the best photos of the day, the ones you will want to hang on the wall. The absolute bare minimum to take some good ones is 30 minutes (40 if you want to have video). We suggest, however, to set aside 40-50 minutes (1 hour if you want to have video) if possible – when you receive the portraits, you will be glad you took the time to make them. The couple’s portraits can be taken between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast, or after the wedding breakfast, depending on the time of year and your wedding breakfast timing – please read below.
Wedding breakfast timing
An often occurring issue is that the wedding breakfast starts too soon after the end of the ceremony.
WEDDINGS BETWEEN MAY AND AUGUST
WEDDINGS BETWEEN NOVEMBER AND FEBRUARY
If your wedding is between November and February, and you’ve allocated less than 2 hours between the end of the ceremony and beginning of the wedding breakfast, we would suggest contacting the venue and asking them to move the wedding breakfast to a later time if possible (or the ceremony to an earlier time).
The 2 hours should suffice if it’s all at the same venue; if you need to drive from the church to the venue, please add driving time, plus 10-15 mins on top of driving time for people to get to their cars and then gather at the venue.
What if the venue cannot move the wedding breakfast? The 2 hours above can be shortened to 1½ hours (that’s the bare minimum); however, everything will need to be rushed. You will likely feel tired from non-stop photo sessions (right after the stress of the ceremony), we will have to take fewer photos (resulting in less variety), and there won’t be any slack (which is usually needed).
WEDDINGS IN SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER OR MARCH-APRIL
We know very well how confusing it may be to plan the wedding day with all the constraints and preferences. Please, please, please do contact us if you have any questions at all. We are not just being polite here – good planning will make your day much more enjoyable and will allow beautiful photographs to be taken without feeling stressed or rushed.