It is no secret that I absolutely love the bride and groom portrait session of the wedding day! Don’t get me wrong, I love shooting the gorgeous bridal details and the girls getting ready but the main reason for the day is obviously the bride and groom!
You want to make sure you have plenty of time for portraits of just the two of you! These photos will be the ones you hang in your home, and look at for years to come! We understand family photos and reception introduction pictures are important but to us the moments between the bride and groom are the most important! Please give your photographer enough time for these photos! If your photographer or planner is making your timeline, give at-least 30 minutes if not more for portraits. In the scheme of things, 30 minutes is nothing compared to a FULL wedding day and isn’t it about you and your fiance anyway???
This time is for y’all to reminisce on everything that’s already happened. Maybe you are doing a first look and this is your time before the ceremony starts. This is your time to relax and really take in the moment for whats about to happen. Maybe your ceremony just ended and you are about to head into the reception. This time is for you two to step back and just love on each other as a married couple and allow the photographer to capture it. You will never get this moment back again and we always try to educate our couples on this time during the day! The food will get eaten, the flowers will die, but your photos……they last a lifetime. They get passed down to your children. You’re leaving a legacy for your children and their children. This is your time…just the two of you! Embrace it and enjoy it!
One response we get a lot from couple is that they don’t want their guests to wait too long during cocktail hour and that is a legit concern!! Really, it is! I remember wanting to actually be able to go to our cocktail hour and mingle but we had to choose what was more important to us. Photos of me and my new husband or mingling with our guests that we would be talking and dancing with for the next 3-4 hours at the reception! Your guests will understand if you are gone taking photos and trust me if there is food and drinks they are A okay!!! Remember this day is not about them, it is about you and your new spouse!
This is where a first look comes into play! Just think, if you do a first look you get to get your bridal party photos done and photos of you and your fiancé out of the way before the ceremony! Right there you are saving at-least 30-45 minutes! You can read more about first looks here.