Post # 1
When are you doing bride, partner, bride and partner, and family portraits?
My groom doesn’t want a first look which means we have to take potraits during the cocktail hour, and take our families and ONLY shooter away to go do it. We wouldn’t have an awesome location to do them either because we are having the ceremony and reception at my parents backyard and anywhere beautiful would take too long to drive to. Ideally I’d like to have a first look and do portraits before the ceremony, up in the hills above the city, then go back to the house and put finishing touches on stuff.
I’ve seen it done a couple different ways on these here boards and blog. So, when are you doing your portraits? (Or when did you do them?)
Post # 3
Boo, I hate this crappy time zone. *BUMP*
Oh! And I should also mention wedding parties in portraits. I always forget about them because we are not having one.
Post # 4
We’re planning on doing a first look. I guess we’re not 100% decided since our event is still so far off in the future, but we’re pretty set on it for a number of reasons–one is that we don’t want to take the photographer away from our guests at cocktail hour, as you mention, and another big one is that I know I’m going to cry when I see FI the first time on the wedding day, and I want time after that to fix my makeup! Concession to vanity.
Post # 5
Well we ARE doing a first look, becuase we want to have time the enjoy the cocktail hour. But I’m not one for very many formal pix, anyway. Our ceremony and reception are at the same place, but like the backdrop, so travelling isnt an issue for us. I would suggest pressing your groom to rethink the “first look”. there are tons of pictures you can google (and films) to show our special first looks can be, maybe you can change his mind!!! Otherwise, for the weddings I’ve attended, most people do them during the cocktail hour.
Post # 6
We’re not doing a first look either. The plan is to do as many “formals” as we can before the ceremony ie: bride and bridesmaids, bride and bride’s parents, basically any of the ones of people who will be getting ready with me. We have 2 shooters, so one of them will do the same thing with my FI and his “people”. We’re really hoping this will cut down on the formal pics after the ceremony, as we want everyone to enjoy cocktail hour!
I feel like that was a lot of rambling, but I hope it helps 🙂
Post # 7
We’re still undecided about the first look, but probably won’t do it.
I’d like to try to get our pics with our families and attendants before the ceremony though, right after we’ve finished getting ready.
Post # 8
Our ceremony starts at 6:00 pm because of venue constraints. So we pretty much have to do photos beforehand. I’m sure your groom’s heart will still skip a beat even if he gets a sneak peak beforehand!
Post # 9
Hmmm, it seems the majority of the hive is doing portraits before. My photographer said she’s never done a wedding where the bride and groom see each other beforehand. Interesting!
Post # 10
Some before and some after (during cocktail hour). I will take pics with the girls and my family before, and he will take pics with the guys and his family. When the wedding is over we will take pictures together and as a group. When we get to the reception hall, we will take a few more photos before we go in.
Post # 11
We have a 2pm ceremony and it will probably end around 3:15 and then there is another 4pm wedding! We figure it will save a lot of hassle if we do them beforehand inside the church and we do not want to be taking pics outside at noon!