WHat to think about in the coming Months...
If you have booked an engagement session with us (or would like to book one), We recommend that the shoot take place no later than three months before your wedding date. This ensures that there is enough turnaround time for you to view your images and order any items that you would like (canvases, framed prints, custom signing book, etc) in time for your wedding. You can also use an engagement photo for your Save the Dates! Also, for more information regarding our engagement session (dressing for the seasons, location ideas, ect.) check out this link: jordanimhoffphotography.squarespace.com/engagement-session
Getting ready Location -
If possible, it is recommended that the guys and girls get ready at the same location (hotel or ceremony location) if you are interested in having final preparation photos not only taken of just the bride, but the groom as well. ...No worries, we are pros at making sure the bride and groom do not run into each other. If it is not possible to get ready at the same location, then we recommend getting ready no further than 20 minutes away from each other.
getting ready details -
When we arrive to the Bridal Suite, we always recommend that we start off with the Bride's detail's right away. We've found that if we don't, the day rolls like a snowball and we will never get a chance to shoot those important details later on. So, we recommend having all your details ready to go when we arrive. Examples of details are: Your dress, the rings, your shoes, invitations, jewelry, ect. We also recommend giving us 30 minutes to shoot all of these details when we arrive. As soon, as we are finished, we are focused on you, your ladies, and all the candid bliss of getting ready.
Options for Bride & Groom Photos:
OPTION #1 | BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS TAKEN BEFORE THE WEDDING CEREMONY, A.K.A "A FIRST LOOK"
We are MAJOR advocates for our couples doing a first look. By getting your photos taken care of before the ceremony, you are allowing yourselves time to enjoy the reception that you have been planing and investing in for months, maybe even years. We recommend setting aside 40 - 60 minutes for the first look and portraits.
- The first time you see each other is private and shared just between you two
- You both will look your freshest!
- The nerves of seeing each other for the first time will be gone and then you can simply look forward to and enjoy your ceremony
- Helps to ensure that there is enough time for the most important photos (the ones of you two!)
- You can schedule all wedding party photos before the ceremony, so afterwards all the formal images left to take are family photos and then you’ll be able to head to your reception quickly instead of having your guests wait for a longer period of time.
- Seeing each other before the ceremony goes against tradition
Option #2 | Bride & Groom Photos after the wedding ceremony
This is if you do not want to see each other before the ceremony. We recommend setting aside 40 - 60 minutes for portraits.
- You get to keep up with tradition
- If you are wanting to have a cocktail hour for guests between the ceremony and reception, taking the bulk of your images after the ceremony will allow your guests to mingle and enjoy drinks while you’re getting your pictures taken.
- If the ceremony begins late, or family photos run longer than expected, then it’s always the bride and groom photo time that gets cut short.
- The photo time after the ceremony will take longer so guests will have approximately an hour and a half to two hour break from when the ceremony ends to when the reception begins (this can be a pro or con depending if you want to entertain your guests during this time or not!)
- Depending on how long photos take, there is the possibility that we are not back into time to cover the reception details before your guests are taken into the reception room.
BRIDAL PARTY PHOTOS -
We recommend setting aside 30 minutes for us to cover all of your Bridal Party Photos. We always start with the biggest group photo and then we split up and work smaller. If the Bridal Party cooperates, we can get the entire bridal party shot together, the sub groups of the bride with her bridesmaids, groom with his groomsmen, and individuals of the bride with each bridesmaid and groom with each groomsmen.
FAMILY PHOTOS -
Ok friends, we are not going to lie. Usually, this can be one of the most stressful parts of the day for our couples. But, fear not! We have some advice, tips, and tricks to help this portion of the day run as smoothly as possible. Right off the bat, if one or both sides of your families tend to run notoriously late, then we STRONGLY encourage you to have your family photos take place AFTER the wedding ceremony. If your families usually run right on time and if you are planning on doing a first look, then we strongly encourage you to consider having all your family photos take place before the ceremony too so you can relax and enjoy your cocktail hour with all of your family and friends. A Family Photo Shot List is STRONGLY recommended. There will be a section on your Wedding Day Questionnaire that you will be able to write this out for us. (You will receive the Wedding Day Questionnaire 2.5 months before your wedding date.) A shot list will also protect family photo time from being taken over by family members who want more photos than what you'd like, cutting into your cocktail hour time and stretching your photo taking patience. Take into consideration that each family photo equals 3 - 5 minutes of time. We recommend that you keep family photos under 40 minutes just to make sure your sanity is under control
Example of a Family Photo Shot List:
Photo 1 - Bride, Groom, Bride's Parents, Bride's Siblings
Reception Details -
We always recommend allowing us to go into your reception room for 30 minutes before the doors are open to your guests. This allows us to capture all of the beautiful details you have worked so hard on. These details would include the cake, table settings, centerpieces, the sweetheart table or head table, place cards, ect. Once your guests are ushered into the room, it is nearly impossible to get a clean shot of these photos without having to inconvenience your guests.
Formal Exit -
If you are having a formal exit, in our professional opinion the best time to do this is right after the ceremony when all of your guests are right there and can easily be gathered to line up to wish you off (you can ride off in your transportation, circle around, and then come right back to the ceremony site to complete photos). We find that a lot of people tend to have left already when couples wait until the end of the reception for the formal exit, so sometimes Brides end up having their exit shots with only a few people around, making it not the most awesome or picturesque sendoff.
Reception Events -
For quite a few reasons, and in my experience, it is best to schedule your big events of your reception within the first hour or so - bouquet/garter toss, cake cutting, first dances, etc. A good portion of wedding guests tend to leave a little bit after the meal so having the main events while guests are still around looks best for photos, and of course allows you to share those events with those who have to leave early.