14 Hours of Happiness – A Sample Wedding Day
Your wedding day is finally here: a day that will be FILLED with happiness, love and memories.
It is also likely the first you’ll have a photographer with you most of the day.
Therefore it’s important to know what to expect and how I do what I do. Below is a sample day to give you a little insight into how I make your memories real.
9am – I arrive at the bride’s location. We get to have some down-time together before the hair and make-up starts and have a “get to know you” with your bridal party so they also know me and don’t get camera shy. I take pictures of your dress, rings, your flowers and the something borrowed, something blue. As hair and make-up starts I’m there to get images of all the morning brings. Every wedding has special trinkets and along with the rings and dress it’s important I get pictures of them as well.
10am – Meanwhile the gents are clicking-off frames themselves! The evening prior, or the morning of, I pop over to the groom’s to leave one of my mini-cameras. Being male I know we’re not the best at having our photos taken: with a mini camera the groomsmen can click away to their heart’s content at their own leisure. This is also a way of leading to groom happiness and not stress!!! This way we’ve got images of everything the morning brings as the two wedding day stories come together.
11am – I’ll pop down to the venue room to take some photos of the room in all its pristine glory before anyone else gets there. This lets me focus on the wedding trinkets you’ve spent hours on, the place-cards you’ve made, the gift bags for your VIP’s and flowers that adorn your tables.
12:30pm – The day is in full swing and it’s nearly happiness overload time as you adorn your magical dress. I’ll be there to help if need be (I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve ended up lacing in the bride as the bridesmaid has a panic attack). I’ll make sure you have your flowers and your trinkets as you get ready to head to the ceremony.
1:30pm – It’s time for me to find your other half and also the vicar or the registrars. I’ll make sure they’re aware of what you’d like photowise from me but also your guests and see if there are any little things they need me to do. Once this is done I’ll come back for the bridal party and help you across to the registrars.
2pm – The BEST part of any wedding day and the one that brings more joy, happiness and moments than ANY other. The magic happens as you say your “I Do’s”, make your vows and become one.
Afterwards you get time to mingle with your family and friends as I make sure you’ve got a glass of champagne in hand and are really enjoying your day.
3pm – If you’d like group photos I’ll make them happen making sure that Nan and Grandad don’t have too far to walk or have to stand for too long. This is also a great time to get some fun ones either with just the two of you or with the bridal party as you get to relax into the day after all the adrenaline!
4pm – It’s time for wedding breakfast and the speeches. I’ll grab a bite to eat too – and get some photos developed for the photo-screens for your evening guests.
6pm – Now you’ve had a bit of a rest and a bite to eat we’ll wander off together for some couple “portrait” photos. If you want to bring any little ones feel free to do so – they’re part of the story. Not only is this a great time to get some fun and iconic photos, it’s always a fantastic chance for you both to have a little bit of “you time” away from the crowds.
8pm – Cake cut and first dance time. You can finally let your hair down and have an extra few glasses of champagne. Don’t expect me to disappear straight away – if you’ll have me stay ’til later I’d love to! It’s always great seeing your day through to the last dance and particularly the pictures of you saying goodnight to your family as a married couple are something I really treasure.
9pm – Sunset. So obviously this time depends on the time of year, but Sunset is a really special time for just the two of you. It’s that chance to get some iconic photos to round off the day, but more importantly for just the two of you to spend time together and reflect on all that the day has held. I’ll normally get some photos, and then slope away to let the two of you be alone. Of course I’ll stay with you if you want me to 🙂
If it’s raining then don’t worry, we still get to have a lot of fun with some lighting and umbrellas!
You can find out more about “Sunset, Singing in the Rain & Sparklers” HERE.
10pm – Sparkler Time. So this is a magic way to end the day, with a little bit of added spark 🙂 I’ll always make sure I’ve got the sparklers for you, have got your guests where they need to be and most importantly got a bucket of water for afterwards. Joking aside, I enjoy this so much as a fantastic end to a fantastic day.