Engaged and feeling overwhelmed by the planning process? The truth is most wedding photographers enjoy being a resource for their couples. I know that I, personally, love to be involved the days leading up to my couple’s wedding day. Maybe you are in the early stages of planning or aren’t even engaged yet. Either way, I hope this article is not only helpful but a powerful reminder of how the best vendors go above and beyond to make your wedding day a smooth ride for you and your love.
I’m not a show-up-and-shoot kinda gal. When couples book with me, there are questionnaires and guides to help them plan their day. We trade phone numbers and text ideas back and forth. I have brides sending me images of their dress or asking how their florals will go with their selected decor. I can’t speak for all photographers, but I know a lot of us enjoy being involved and giving advice based off what we’ve seen and experienced in the industry. You can often find me timeline planning, sharing untraditional ceremony ideas, or scheduling venue walkthroughs. In the end, you aren’t alone and I am more than happy to create some inspirational ideas to get your creative wheels turning.
I provide my couples with an extensive list of vendors after they book because I know it can be overwhelming to find the right team for a wedding day. After working in the industry for years and photographing over 100 weddings, I’ve had the honor of creating alongside some pretty talented individuals and it always makes me feel good to pass along their names. I know they will create beautiful work for my couples and help to alleviate stress with their reliable and warm demeanor.
Getting Ready Spot
Provided venue suites and even hotels don’t always set the appropriate mood with artificial light and limited room. Instead, I do the extra work and help my couples to find an airbnb or a VRBO for the getting ready process. This allows us to pick a space with ample lighting and a clean aesthetic that speaks to my couples style.
Although creating a timeline with an event planner is traditional, I always like to draft something up with my couples to make sure I am honoring their photo needs. Some couples want more portrait time or maybe don’t have a wedding party. Some couples get ready at different locations and need more time set aside for me to travel back and forth between getting ready spaces. Ultimately there are various factors that play into how a wedding day maps out. With that said, I always work with event planners to make sure we are on the same page. The way I see it, every vendor helping to orchestrate my couples day is a part of a team and we must work together to ensure they feel taken care of and happy.
Ceremony Set Up
For both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, I always help my couples create an environment that works well with light. If I have never photographed a wedding at a particular venue before, I like to pay it a visit around the same time of day that the ceremony will take place on their wedding day. This way I can identify where the sun will set and look out for any red flags that might be distracting in their ceremony images.
Happy couples help this little business of mine thrive and a hands on approach is always my favorite way to really connect with my couples on a deeper level! Getting to know their personality types and a bit more about who they are individually and as a couple is what leads to genuine, heartfelt and organic imagery.
Vendors (in order of images):
Madison in Grace Loves Lace
Food by Primo Restaurant in Rockland, ME
Winter floral arrangement by Fire and Blooms
Flower crown by Fire and Blooms
Getting ready of photo Kimmy in Dreamers and Lovers
Anna and her ladies holding flowers by Annie’s Flower Farm
Anna and Jon’s first kiss under flowers by Annie’s Flower Farm
Britt and Julio happy as can be at Teitiare Estate