I want to make sure you have the best day EVER, so I've created this guide with you in mind so you have something to reference throughout the planning process.

Keep in mind that this is not a rulebook, and your day is exactly that - YOURS. These are just some tips & tricks I've accumulated from weddings I've shot in the past. I hope they're helpful to you as you dive into the planning process!

 Always remember that I'm an open book and I'm here for you. If you have any questions that aren't answered here, or just want to say hey - text, email, or call me anytime.

hey lovers

trailblaze your own traditions

it's your day

make it your own

Don’t forget to make your wedding your own, with your own traditions and ideas. You may feel pressured to follow the rules that are set from past weddings. Have a think about what’s important to you, ditch the things that mean nothing and add things that mean something to you!

it's your vibe

Plan a day that will literally be your best day ever. The energy and attitude you bring to the day is what makes the day amazing! The less you have to worry about, the more relaxed you will be and the easier it will be to have amazing photos. Bring your pets, pop the champagne, surprise your guests with activities, perform a dance during the reception. There are SO many opportunities to have the best day ever.

screw the forecast

Try not to stress yourself out by watching the weather forecast in the lead up! Some of the greatest photos are taken in crazy weather conditions. Overcast is great, sunny is great, rain is great. It’s completely out of our hands, so just equip yourself with a wet weather plan and I will make the most of any condition. Rain, hail or shine you still get to marry your best friend.

timelines

Being rushed on your wedding day is the last thing we want! My photography style is fairly candid and I love to capture real moments as they unfold, but if everyone's rushed & in a panic, those real moments aren't going to happen as easily. 

Here's a snapshot of the ideal timings for your day! 

no. 1

no. 2

no. 3

preparations

ceremony

family photos

couple portraits

reception

no. 4

no. 5

45 mins - 1 hour

1 hour - 1.5 hours

1. time with grooms

2. time with brides

30 mins - 45 mins

Approx. 10 mins

1. ceremony

2. hugs & kisses post ceremony

Approx 5 mins

Approx 15 mins

1. group photo

2. family photos

NOTE. I WILL EMAIL YOU A ‘FAMILY PHOTO LIST’ QUESTIONNAIRE A MONTH OUT FROM THE WEDDING TO ASSIST WITH THIS. YOU CAN ALSO NOMINATE A ‘PHOTO CAPTAIN’ WHO KNOWS EVERYONE TO ASSIST.

note. allow extra time during ceremony and reception in case anything runs overtime, and please let me know if you would like a group shot of all guests post ceremony.

30 mins

30 mins

1. Just you two

2. plus bridal party

5 mins per person

5 mins

1. speeches

2. cutting the cake

5 mins

3. first dance

Note.Be sure to check the sunset times for your day! Don't wanna miss out on killer sunset photos because the sun is setting in the middle of your speeches

getting ready

I like to arrive at your prep location just as the bride is finishing hair/makeup—that way, we can get a few photos of the final touches. Capturing the little details of your wedding day is how I like to begin my photography time! Typically, this includes your dress, flowers, shoes, rings, heirlooms - really anything that is important to you two and telling the story of your day! This time also helps me familiarize myself and gives me a chance to get the creative juices flowing.
I ask that you have these items ready to go, so I can just grab em and get started when I arrive. 

create an atmosphere

While you’re getting ready, surround yourself with friends and family that will lift you up and make you feel amazing. If you think people will stress you out, delegate them a task and keep them away. A stress free and loved up environment is the key to having beautiful and relaxed looking photos. Why not make yourself a Spotify playlist of all your favourite songs to keep the mood fun!

less clutter

Cramming bridesmaids, hair & makeup artists, a photographer, videographer, and family members into a single room filled with ALL your stuff can feel chaotic, as well as make your photos feel cluttered. Consider an extra room as designated clean space. That way, we have a clean room for photos and a quiet space for you to hang out in if you need a moment to yourself.

Some of my favourite moments on a wedding day happen before the ceremony! Getting ready spaces are filled with the anticipation + excitement of the day to come. However you want to spend your morning before you get married, make sure it's in a clean, bright space. If you're booking an airbnb, i encourage you to look at this now, before all your guests book them!

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lighting & location

Nothin’ worse that having the sun blinding you when you’re trying to see your partner for the first time. Consider the time of day and direction of light for your ceremony. Try and visit your venue around the time of day you’d like to get married so you can see what the light is like, later in the day is typically better than midday bright sun.

Is there enough space in the aisle for you & your wedding party to walk down? Can your photo/video team move freely around the perimeter of the ceremony space to get different angles, and capture guest reactions? 

pro tip:

Ask your celebrant to move out of the way when you kiss! That way, they aren't awkwardly behind you in your photos of the moment.

CHECK EACH OTHER OUT

This may sound odd, but don’t forget to look at eachother! I totally understand it’s nerve-wracking, but so often couples will look lovingly at the celebrant instead of their best friend in front of them. Embrace, hold hands and kiss if it will calm the nerves. Look at your guests, make eye contact, they’ll be stoked.
Take your time with your vows. This is the most emotional part and my favourite moment to capture. If you make a mistake, fuck it, laugh it off and keep going!

kiiiissssssss!

Nothing worse than trying to get that millisecond peck first kiss! Even better if you do something wild, dip each other, make it momentous!

celebrate

You’re married, you bloody did it! Yippee! Now it’s time to party your way down the aisle. Throw confetti, hop, skip, jump, high-five, idk anything JUST OWN IT. Enjoy the moment!

Allow everyone to congratulate you, give yourself time to hug/kiss/cry with your friends and family. There’s so much emotion flying around and this is where I can get the best candid photos of you and your family!

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what is a first look?

First looks are one of my favourite modern day wedding trends — for a few reasons!
A first look allows you to spend more time with your partner on the morning of your wedding day, instead of waiting until the ceremony to see them. You can take this time to read letters to each other, or simply just breathe, embrace, and take a quiet moment to yourselves.

From a photography perspective, doing a first look allows us to take photos before the ceremony, leaving you to enjoy most of your cocktail hour instead of having to cram ALL of our photos (wedding party, family, & you two) into a single hour.

A common fear I hear from couples is that if they do a first look, their partner won't be emotional when they walk down the aisle later on — and I've found this to be the total opposite! Nothing can take away from seeing your person walk down the aisle to a beautiful song, with all of your friends & family surrounding you. I've seen many brides/grooms still tear up walking down the aisle even after doing a first look earlier in the day!

With that said — I never want you to feel pressured into making a decision for your wedding day that doesn't feel right to you. I've photographed weddings with and without first looks, and at the end of the day, all that really matters is that you're happy with whatever you decide!

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make a list

Family photos can be a little bit stressful to navigate if you have a big, rowdy group — so making a list is the best way to keep it organized, and to make sure we don't miss a photo that's important to you. 
One month out I ask you to fill out a questionnaire about your family photos and will bring the list with me on the day, this will make this part go as quickly and painlessly as possible!

You can also nominate a ‘photo captain’ who knows everyone to assist.

Each photo can take a couple of minutes, so the more combinations of family members, the more time we'll need to take these. Remember that I can always grab family photos more informally during the reception! Just ask!

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just to two of you

I never want our portrait time to take away from you fully experiencing your wedding day, so I try to move quickly to ensure that we're getting great photos but you're not missing too much of the party!
All you have to do is be present with one another, enjoy this time together, and I'll take care of the rest. Laugh with each other, at each other and with me. It gets easier once couples relaxed, let go and realise there is no need to fuss over the small things.

group shots

Wedding party photos don't have to be boring! In fact, these can be such a fun part of the day. I'll take a few classic smiling at the camera shots, but let loose! Show me the fun of your friendship, if you have a cool handshake dance like in The Parent Trap, DO IT.

typically, we'll do a few group shots of your wedding party, then it'll just be the two of you.

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speeches

just dance

Okay, I bloody love speeches. Forewarning and sorry in advance, I will probably cry. Especially if you give grandparents the mic.
Seriously though, my best tip for speeches: make sure wherever they’re standing is well lit, so they can actually read and also try and organize whoever is speaking to stand near you, vs in the centre of the room so I can get your reactions to their speeches while I’m capturing them giving the speech.

Have a god-damn boogie, even a little nervous sway looks better than standing on the sidelines. Go nuts with your guests. The best photos happen on the dance floor, if you play some banger hits from the 80’s and 90’s. I. AM. SO. THERE.

lighting

Total mood killer or epic ambiance creator. Lighting in the venue like house lights don’t cut it. Having only a candle-lit dinner might be super romantic, but they don’t give off much light, so we won’t be able to see much. Festoon lighting can create a great effect, as can hanging installations. Sometimes just speaking with a specialist is worth its weight in gold.

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