Through the lens of the photographer - a full day at a wedding
What does a full day wedding look like?
A full day at a wedding can expand 12 hours. The 12 hour full day is what I will be sharing today. I offer a range of coverage; check out my pricing list to find out more.
The lead up to your wedding day
Every wedding photographer is unique and works in different ways. So I can only talk about what it is I do. So here it goes…
Once you get in touch we will arrange a chat either over the phone/Skype or a face to face meeting at a local tea room or coffee shop. This is a free consultation to listen to you and learn what your desires are about your wedding day. You’ll be able to ask me questions and find out more about my photography and how I work.
Pre wedding shoot
Some clients chose to have a pre wedding shoot – This is a great way to check out if we gel before you book. We can choose any location for this – a place which is special to you both. You may want to have your shoot at the wedding venue.
Planning the Photography
If you choose to move forward with a booking then this is when I will begin the Preliminary Photography Plan. Not all photographers make plans but if I haven’t mentioned before, I was a teacher in my previous career before I had my girls, and planning was essential, so that part of my life still remains. Once the plan is complete I will send it to you to look over and see that you are happy.
The Big Day
A full day often consists of 12 hours of coverage starting at the Morning Preparations and ending an hour or so after the first dance:
While you are getting ready I take details of shoes/clothes/flowers/rings/order of service etc.
I then capture candid shots of you and your family and friends enjoying the excitement of the morning. As well as photographs of you getting ready.
I will even take portraits if you desire – this is why we talk and plan in advance!
Some weddings have the ceremony at the same venue as the reception and some couples have a religious ceremony at a place of prayer like a temple or church. Below is a rough guide of what to expect:
After the Morning Preparations I would leave ahead of the morning party (often referred to as the bridal party) and travel to where the ceremony will be taking place. I’d want to capture the arrival of guests, your other half and their ushers and or maids.
All wedding ceremonies require respect and subtlety. Your photographer should speak to the official conducting the ceremony and they may put certain restrictions in place regarding movements around the couple and in some cases in the venue you are getting married.
After the ceremony, you will sign the register then the Procession will take place as you leave the ceremony as a newly wedded couple.
Most couples will have a Confetti shower at this point then make their way to the reception.
The order of events always changes so not all weddings will follow this timeline but this is loosely the kind of things your photographer will cover:
Once at the reception your photographer will want to photograph details of the reception where you’ll have your Wedding Breakfast.
Capturing candid shots of guests and your interactions with them
Some couples like to have some formal photos taken. I really love to encourage my couples to have their portraits taken as this is a lovely time for you both (about 20 minutes) to spend time together alone relishing in your momentous day.
Family and Friend’s formal portraits – this is not some thing all couples want as it can be quite time consuming. However, I try to keep this time as close to an hour as possible. So having a re arrange list can really help with the organising of this process.
Enjoying the reception drinks before the Wedding Breakfast.
The Wedding Breakfast
Photos of your wonderful food
Cutting the cake
The After Party
New guests will be arriving now and I will be capturing your interactions with them.
The first dance or dances
Partying in to the night.
This is a brief detail as to what you might expect from a full day coverage from your wedding photographer.
If you’d like to get to know me more, or are interested in having me as your ideal wedding photographer, then do please get in touch and I’d love to hear all about your big day plans.