We got dumped on with snow the night before the wedding which made for an AMAZING winter wonderland background. This wedding was simply gorgeous...down to the hand grown wheat that was incorporated in each silverware bundle. Congrats again to this gorgeous couple! Thanks for trudging the 4ft of snow with me!!!
Bride Tips 2017
You need to be cognizant of two main things when deciding on placement of the ceremony...lighting and distractions. I'll cover lighting in another tip in more detail. The important thing is to make sure you don't have distractions behind you either while you're standing up there during the ceremony or the one EVERYONE forgets is at the beginning of the aisle. When the bride walks in it's imperative that the background as she walks in is clear of any distractions (buildings, road signs, kegs, guests, etc etc etc)! I can't tell you the number of things I've had to edit out of "entrance" photos. Most photographers will shoot from the end of the aisle looking back to capture the faces of the wedding party and family as they enter. No one remembers to make sure that angle is clear from distractions. So remember, as you walk down the aisle towards your future make sure what's behind you isn't a cluttered mess! To see all my bride tips visit www.daxphotography.com
Make sure to politely/tactfully remind your guests to properly address checks using your maiden name or to use the word "OR" not "AND" when filling them out. (I.e. Make payable to Mr. OR Mrs Smith). Some banks will make it very difficult for you to cash these after the wedding, especially if you haven't changed your name yet (may even require proof of marriage).
This one hit close to home recently...my brother is getting married this summer! And in classic little brother fashion, he just assumed that I would be in the wedding...no asking, discussion or talk. I had to hear from my Mom that I was in the wedding. He finally got around to asking if I would be in the wedding after the rest of the fam was giving him crap about it over Christmas (months later). Anyway, the moral of the story here ladies and gentlemen is to make sure you ask your attendants if they will be in the wedding (don't assume anything)...furthermore make it special somehow and personal to you both! I mean you are asking them to stand next to you on the big day after all! For our wedding Jen actually had some super cute laser cut bridesmaids boxes made on Etsy for her attendants and even did one for my Mom that said "Thank you for raising an amazing son, will you be my new Mom?"
When you're deciding on the details of your outdoor ceremony there's something you may not have taken into consideration...the lighting! The lighting is extremely important not only for the photographs but also the guests and even the couple. Too often I see shadows on the couple, or worse yet just on one or the other. I've seen couples crying, not from emotion but from having to stare into the sun. I've seen guests, blinded not by the beauty of the bride but the glaring sun right in their faces. The best thing you can do is to try and orient the ceremony so that the entire bridal party is evenly lit by the sun and the guests have their backs to it. Don't stand directly under a gazebo or tree unless you can ensure even shade throughout.
A few months ago I got the work with Chelsea again to update her model portfolio. She's always a blast to work with, and seriously the sweetest woman ever! It was freezing out in Montana so we decided to do a few in the studio using gels and the rest we braved the elements. The snow created this amazing glow on her face and the killer coat she brought didn't hurt either.
I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've photographed families at weddings only to have it look like 'Dad' is wearing sunglasses because he's wearing transitions lenses! This is a HUGE problem especially for outdoor weddings. As a photographer it's tricky because I have two choices...have them look like Ray Charles or ask them to take off their glasses which often times they wear ALL the time so they don't look like themselves in the photos. If it's someone who is really close to you and will be in a ton of pictures (groom or Dad) simply ask them ahead of time if they could bring/get another pair of glasses that aren't transitions lenses, or if they have an old pair they don't use that you could pop out the lenses on for the important photos.