With a wedding day comes a lot of stress. I can remember the stress of not knowing what came next, being worried about time, wondering how the photos were looking, and wanting to relax and enjoy my own wedding day. Plus like a million other things like people coming up to me what felt like every few minutes for one reason or another. It’s a tough but amazing day! I always get asked what some of my greatest advice is for a couple before the big day and among other things, I tell them to set loose expectations, let things roll off their backs, and to not sweat the small stuff. Because it’s the big stuff, like getting married and seeing family and friends, that matters!
When it comes to your photos – be very clear on what you want and really sit down and think about things that might stress you out. I want to avoid those triggers! Are you scared of bugs and wanting outdoor photos in an area that will most likely have tons of them? You’re going to come across as worried and stressed in your photos and not be your best! If you’re wanting picture perfect photos and don’t enjoy the candid moments that are happening due to weather, wind, etc…maybe being outdoors isn’t the best option because as much as I wish I had control over those things, I do not. I like to embrace the wind blowing your veil, hair, and dress! I try and work with the elements in the best ways possible, but if you’re going to want to fix your hair every few minutes and will be super stressed – consider indoor portraits.
Remember, if you do a first look prior to the wedding, we’ll most likely be outside for that. That means that your dress will touch the ground. I won’t have you running through a muddy field before the ceremony, but grass is sort of everywhere and you might encounter a little dirt. Don’t worry – it comes out, I promise! And nobody will notice but you – seriously.
If you’re considering a park in the spring or summer, there will be goose poop. Poop happens allllllll over parks. Bring some flats and we’ll help you avoid it as best as we can!
Remember that I am at the mercy of the light, wind, and other weddings happening nearby. If it’s a super sunny day, the sun always needs to be at your backs for photos. You might have had your heart set on a particular location for family photos, but if the sun is in peoples eyes, it’s not going to be flattering and your guests will not be happy. Let us use our expertise and come up with the best solution for you – no need to stress yourself out! If there are other weddings at your venue and they’re in your spot – be patient! We’ll travel to another spot and double back there. It happens!
Remember that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You should look back on it feeling like it was a fun day and have it be filled with happy memories. Whether it’s cloudy when you wanted sun, your dress got a little dirty on the bottom, or your cake wasn’t exactly what you wanted – remember nobody but you will notice these things! Take a few deep breaths, have a shot, or kiss your PARTNER. It’s your wedding day!