Below are some wedding tips and tricks for planning the biggest party of your life!
Go with the flow
Allow your wedding day to simply unfold the way that it’s meant too. With so many wheels in motion, it’s always guaranteed that not everything will happen exactly as planned (including the weather). Regardless, we believe that no matter what, your wedding will be nothing short of amazing. A positive attitude will set you up for the very best day of your life, we promise.
Include your photographers on the guest list
This accomplishes three important things for you and for us.
1. Send us an invitation. This gives us time to photograph it in advance.
2. When your photographers are included on the guest list, it means we’ll be seated with the guests and never miss a special moment.
3. This also ensures we’re fed in a timely manner (and get to enjoy the same meal as the guests). Food is energy, and energetic, happy photographers are exactly what you want when you have four hours of dancing ahead of you.
Transportation and Lodging
Always have your photographers ride with you when possible, and we mean ALWAYS. Some of our most intimate moments are captured this way, and also some of the wildest. It’s also great if the photographers’ accommodation is close to yours, it simply makes the logistics much easier to coordinate.
One of the most important parts of your wedding day is taking creative portraits of the two of you together. It’s so important in fact, that many of our couples take advantage of our pre wedding shoots, taking some of the pressure off the big day.
Make sure to carve out 30 minutes to an hour for this. We’ll guide you through everything, but it’s important to remember that these portraits require patience and dedication. In saying that, it’s these images that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Hair & makeup
When you’re dialing in your wedding day schedule, ask your hair/makeup artists for an estimated time on how long this process will take, and then add at least 30 minutes as a buffer.
Decide early on whether you want a quiet morning, or a room full of people while you get ready. Each arrangement provides a very different environment. It’s important to know ahead of time what your needs are, and which environment will best prepare you for your celebration.
Family Group Shots
We recommend doing all of the group shots right after the ceremony (parents, siblings, grandparents, wedding party, special friends, relatives). We start with the biggest group first, and then shave it down to the smallest. Once people are done with their photos they get to head right over to the reception, have a drink and get their party on!
The more lighting you can bring in, the better! We love tweaking the lighting in post-production, but any color you can add to the reception will make your photos just that much cooler.
We love tent receptions because the white canvas works really well with the way we use our flashes. If you really want to go the extra mile, add some sparkly chandeliers or lanterns, and lots of candles on the tables.
Outdoor Reception Lighting
If you’re having a completely open-air reception under the stars, we recommend adding as much extra lighting as possible. Strands of twinkle lights and cool candle vases will help to warm up your photos allowing for some beautiful moody shots.
Before you book your church, please be sure to ask whether photography is allowed and if there are any restrictions. We’re happy to work with anything, but it’s important for your own peace of mind to have realistic expectations in advance, and then communicate them to us. We work hand in hand with every religion and tradition and want to make sure we play by the rules.
Generally, the best time for an outdoor ceremony is 2-3 hours before sunset. The later time ensures for beautiful natural light falling on the faces of you and your guests as you laugh & cry together.
Trash The Dress
If you are going to do a trash the dress shoot on your special day or afterwards, make sure that you have a comfortable change of clothes and towel. Be certain that you’re ok with trashing your dress before hand so that you don’t have any second thoughts. Many of our brides simply go out and buy another dress simply for this shoot (I know another reason to shop right). We do however recommend checking out second hand stores or talking with friends who may want to donate their old dress to a good cause. “Waste not want not”, now let’s go play in the ocean!
Destination Wedding Locations
We cannot stress the importance of picking a good destination wedding location enough! Make sure to select an atmosphere and culture that resonates with you. We always recommend that it be some place you have previously travelled too and fallen in love with. Take into account having access to an international airport, as it is possible that your guests may be coming from all over the world to see you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to use for suggestions or feedback. We have loads of experience in this area and are at your disposal.