Your wedding is a day that is over flowing with a variety of emotions. But there is one emotion that the bride should not have to experience on her special day. That emotion is stress. Carly Kolbo, owner of Carly Loves Amos Photography, gave us some helpful tips on how to make your crazy beautiful day, a stress free zone.
Weddings are fun. So fun! No matter what the day brings, you’re ending up with the love of your life, and that equals winning. That being said, I’ve noticed many things in my eight years of photographing weddings that contribute to the day’s flow, feel, and photos. I love – like love – helping my brides lay out their wedding day so they will have the time of their lives and get killer images. Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way…
9 NOT-SO-OBVIOUS TIPS FOR GREAT WEDDING PHOTOS
Multiply your “getting ready” time.
How long does it take you to beautify yourself on a normal day? Take that times two or three and you have a fair estimation of how long it will take you to get ready on your wedding day. And that’s totally acceptable! You want to look amazing! Give yourself plenty of time so you can enjoy the moments and not feel rushed.
Falsify one thing.
Your lashes, that is. They add a swoon-worthy pop to photos.
Assign a pinner.
Wedding party photos often run late because of one small detail: pinning on boutonnières. It seems simple, but making a flower lay nicely against a man’s bosom practically takes an engineering degree. I’ll let you in on a little secret: 99 of 100 males do not know how to pin on boutonnières. Can you blame them? It’s hard! The assigned pinner should probably be a lady, like an aunt who can pin in her sleep.
First looks save the day.
A first look (i.e. seeing each other before the ceremony) lends itself to a laid-back day. There won’t be a mad rush to do all the portraits in between the ceremony and reception. You’ll get more bang for your photography buck, a better collection of portraits, and more time with your partner. I love how couples can react openly during their first look without hundreds of eyes watching them. Another perk? Your guests won’t have to twiddle their thumbs after the ceremony while you take photos.
Fun fact: Waiting to see the bride until the ceremony started with arranged marriages. Since the couple never met before their wedding day, this tradition was instated to keep the groom from running away if he didn’t fancy his bride-to-be’s looks upon seeing her for the first time.
Notice the groom’s fit.
Baggy suits take away from the sophisticated look of a bride’s well-fitted dress. Keep it dapper and publication-worthy by opting for a slimmer-fitting suit.
Tip: Instead of renting, buy. The fit will be superior and you’ll spend about the same amount.
Unplug your wedding.
What does this mean? Besides your photographers’ cameras, no phones or cameras during the ceremony. Vibe killer: well-meaning, phone-wielding wedding guests in the background while you walk down the aisle with your tearful dad. We all have that aunt who takes photos with her iPad, which is fine (or is it…), but asking her to tuck it away during your ceremony is totally reasonable. I love how one of our brides presented this to her guests…
Block off your reception area for 15 minutes after your ceremony.
You’ve spent months piecing together the perfect touches for your wedding. Great job! In the whirlwind of the day, you may not have a chance to fully take in how beautiful everything looks all set up. Photographers get giddy taking gorgeous detail photos for you to drool over later. Somehow, people wandering in the background kills the magazine vibe we hope to achieve, so blocking off that area for a short amount of time does wonders.
Resist sending a Pinterest board to your photographer.
As photographers, we are pumped to create images that are unique to you as a couple. It’s difficult to create if we are focusing on re-creating. An experienced photographer will investigate your hopes for your photos, and do everything they can to create incredible images for you.
Be (crazy) picky about your photographer.
Your wedding photos will be passed down through generations after they hang on your wall for a lifetime. Hire a photographer whose portfolio you love, whose work makes you feel something. Is what you’re seeing cookie cutter, or one-of-a-kind? Do their couples look genuinely happy, in love and comfortable? Select a photographer whose personality you love. You’ll spend more time with them on your big day than your BFF – crazy, right?! Your photographer’s vibe will set the tone of the day as they interact with you and all your people. Look for high quality work, professional but fun interactions, and a photographer who genuinely cares about you and your big day.
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