We wanted to take a little time & tell you what to expect on your wedding day! For most folks, unless you are or were a professional model, the idea of having your picture taken makes you quiver a little. The idea of having TWO professional photographers following you for 8 hours makes you downright sick. I'm hear to convince you that it won't be that bad!
The Getting Ready Coverage
Each wedding day starts our with some loose, fun getting ready coverage! This is a great part of the day...these are those last few moments of singledom. Sometimes, the getting ready process is emotional. Other times it is light-hearted filled with pranks, beer, and card games. Whatever the case, we want to be there to tell the complete story of your wedding day experience, and starting with the getting ready coverage is a big part of that!
Since there are two photographers working with you on your wedding day, Meg works with the girls, while Charles works with the guys.
Meg's morning goes something like this:
a) photograph all the pretty, pretty -- the shoes, the jewelry, the flowers, the dress
b) photograph emotional toasts between mother & daughter, bride & bridesmaids, and friends of all kinds
c) photograph beautiful moments filled with hugs, laughter & tears
Charles' morning goes something like this:
a) have the groom lie to you when you get to the hotel room saying that you're in the wrong place...I continue looking around in the hallway for a few minutes until they decide the prank is over & come and rescue me from the hallway.
b) photograph intense moments of Deadliest Catch re-runs
c) photograph keg runs to local gas stations
d) photograph beer runs to local convenience stores
e) photograph groomsmen lighting cigarettes off of toaster ovens
f) photograph groomsmen warming their hands off of propane burners on the stove
g) photograph...actually, skip that one
h) photograph crazed morning at the ESPN zone
i) photograph heated poker games
j) photograph groomsmen eating Chick-fil-a & pizza
You get the idea.
Once everybody is dressed & ready to go, we usually recommend trying to get through as many "formals" ahead of time as possible. This includes the bride with her bridesmaids, and the bride with her immediate family. Meg works with the girls, and Charles work with the guys. It's the same thing for the guys: groom with groomsmen, groom with immediate family. We always recommend this as it can save a little time AFTER the ceremony, and get everyone to the reception sooner.
Once the formals are done, its usually pretty close to ceremony time. If your ceremony is outdoors, with no photography restrictions (on a beach, in a park, etc.), Meg & I move around pretty freely to capture the best possible angle for your vows, your ring exchange, and the kiss. This is our favorite scenario. We like to be able to move around so we can do our best work for you.
If you're ceremony is in a church, there are often some pretty tight restrictions on the photography. If you feel that the restrictions are contrary to what you want for your wedding day, it's pretty easy to convince the pastor to lift the restrictions & allow us (your photographers) better access to the ceremony. On the other hand, maybe you prefer the traditions of your church (especially if you've been attending your whole life). In this case, it's probably best not to rock the boat. We've photographed many a ceremony from the balcony only.
After the ceremony, we typically work with the families on both sides to collect a few group shots. We consistently hear two things from our clients, their friends, and their family.
1) Everything went faster than we expected.
2) We were so nice & easy to work with...unlike this mean photographer we once saw at a wedding!
Yikes...we're not sure where these mean photographers live, but we're glad that we've never met them. Point of this entertaining dialogue is: we work as quickly as we possibly can to minimize the amount of time spent on family formals, and we really try to keep things low-stress for you guys! Having your entire family jockeying for your attention is a little overwhelming. We move this along as quickly as possible.
Once the family stuff is squared away, the couples formals are next. This is OUR time! :) OK -- it's really YOUR time, but this is one of our favorite parts of the day! We get to create those sweet, romantic pictures that are going to be the ones that end up on your wall & in your album. So we ALWAYS encourage our couples to allot a good amount of time for this part of the day. Take that extra 20 minutes...you won't regret it!
Once the couples formals are wrapped up, it's time to PARTAY! For this part of the day, we kinda play it by ear -- whatever's happening, we're going to be there to document it. The main thing is for you to be in the moment at your wedding, and know that we're going to get the shot. That's why were there!