It's your wedding day! Have soooo much fun! Don't stress, I've seen many brides spend the whole day stressing about every little thing, and it never changes a thing, except the mood. Know ahead of time what (or who) will cause the most stress on the wedding day, if it's a family member or guest, have one of your bridesmaid's wrangle them as much as possible. Have someone designated to remind you to breath and relax, surround yourself with people who make you laugh and enjoy the day. You want to look back and remember the fun and beauty of the day, and always have fond memories of the day you said "I do!"
As a photographer I find engagement photos so important. It's a great way to get to know your photographer, and get comfortable in front of the camera. I love to get to work with you before your wedding day. Being able to go over poses, see what works, what doesn't, with you in a more relaxed setting than your wedding day is such a helpful thing. A pose that works for one couple, often won't work for the next. Often times I'll have a bride pick up on a pose she loved, or one that she didn't like, after looking at the engagement photos.
I know that often it just doesn't work out schedule wise to do engagement photos.... but if you can do them, I highly recommend it!
It’s so important to have plan and an outline for the day. Make sure to talk with all the vendors to come up with the best schedule. It’s also important
for all the vendors to be on the same page as to when things are happening
and how much time they will take. Most likely this is the first time planning
the timeline of a wedding, don’t be afraid to ask your vendors what they
feel works best...if they’ve been around the wedding game for any amount of
time they will have some ideas! And having a schedule and everyone on the same page will ensure that things go as smoothly as possible. But when it comes to the wedding day, don’t stress about every little moment, trust the day to unfold as naturally as possible. I’ve seen too many brides spend their
amazing wedding day stressed about every little detail, when the truth is, most
of the guest won’t know the difference. It's your big day...don't spend it worrying, you don't want to look back and only remember the things that didn't go quite as planned.
Two of the best scheduling tips I can give you from the hundreds of weddings I've been at.... 1. get the wedding guest on the
dance floor asap! Guest tend to duck out early if they feel like they have
the chance, but if you get your guest on to the dance floor as soon as
possible , they will be having fun and wanting to dance the night away!
2. If the day allows it... plan on taking 10-15 mins (I always aim for sunset) two sneak away and do a few photos of the two of you...if not for the photos alone...but for the chance to spend a few moments to take in your big day.
On your wedding day you will spend so much time with your photographer,
make sure it’s someone you get along with, mesh with. As much as you
want to make sure you love their photography style, make sure you like
their personality, and their work style.
The personalities you’ll be around all day can make or break your wedding.
If you are quiet and reserved, find someone who won't be overwhelming.
If you are relaxed and laid back, find a photographer that fits.
If you want someone who's not afraid to take charge and make
uncle bob cooperate for photos, find them.
There are lots of amazing photographers out there, knowing what
your day is going to require and finding a photographer who
fits will serve you so well on your wedding day.
If you are a bit of a goof and don't ever take yourself too seriously...hire me!
Holly Kangas, mother, photographer, part time chef, and project runway winner wanna be!
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