Post # 1
DISCLAIMER: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER IS NOT WHAT THIS POST IS ABOUT
So here’s the deal, we have an evening garden wedding set. We won’t change this because of the heat in SoCal. Our wedding will conclude at that pretty blue dusky time of day right when the sun is setting. So pictures after that time would need lots of flash which means the pics would be fairly washed out (I’m really pale as it is so flash isn’t always my friend). We’re considering doing the whole first look thing, we don’t really want to but it seems like the most logical option. So my question what was your schedule? How much time did you allow for pictures, how much time did you allow for guests arrival, how much time did you allow for between the pictures and guests arrival, did you spend that time with your BM’s alone or your groom alone?
Unfortunately I do not have a photographer to ask, my BFF and her hubby used to shoot for music mags (as well as own one) and she has offered to do all the set up family and bridal party shots (even though she’s in the bridal party but we’ll make it work). Because of our budget we are not able to hire a professional photographer, it is absolutely NOT happening, my dad was a National Geographic Photog, I get the importance, I really do, it’s simply not possible please don’t get on a soapbox about it. There is also another aspect of our wedding that makes me uncomfortable hiring a very inexpensive student photographer or really any photographer that isn’t highly trusted and recommended but I can’t go into that (it’s major privacy issues basically). Plus my other BFF is a big time hobby photog as are several family members and other friends. We’ll probably have about 4-6 pro digital SLR camera’s at the wedding shooting away so I’m fairly comfortable we’re covered.
Post # 3
I’m actually really excited about doing our first look!! We’re starting them at 3:40 and they’ll go till around 5 when our guests start arriving. Our ceremony starts at 5:30, so we’re cutting off picture time a half hour before. Our pictures as a couple will be for about 40 minutes, then the rest of the time it will be with the whole bridal party :] Then of course pics of the ceremony, and some pics immediately after the ceremony!
Post # 4
We did a first look! Ill PM you the link to my photos. We also had an evening wedding. Ceremony at 5pm, reception starting at 6pm. We had plenty of light, but chose to do the first look because we wanted the moment that we saw eachother in our wedding clothes to be JUST US. And we’re so glad we did, because it was the only alone time we had all day long. We met for the first look at 1pm. We did photos until 4. The guys went to the church at 4:30 to seat the guests while the girls went and touched up makeup and hair. We did very few photos after the ceremony (except the reception photos) but even the ones we did do didnt require much of a flash. She used some setting to let a lot of natural light in and we got some great photos out of it. But truly, Id recommend the first look over and over again. It was so special and we werent rushed and we got some incredible photos. And ours was not out of necessity, it was purely our decision. Also, we werent nervous before the cermony since we got to hang out all day! We even ate ice cream on the way to the church lol.
Post # 5
We met our photographer at 4 on our location. We spent about the next hour and a half taking pictures. My husband and I got to spend a little bit of time together before the wedding (but the photographer was taking pictures). We got back to our location around 5:45 and the guests started to arrive at 6 for our 6:30 wedding. We spent time with our families before the walk down the aisle. We still had some pictures to take after the wedding was over so we didn’t really have much time at the cocktail hour (which was short because we didn’t want dinner to be too late).
Post # 6
oh I should mention, we took photos of just Darling Husband and I for like two total hours. One before we saw the Bridal Party, then we did an hour with the Bridal Party, then another hour of candids while walking to the church. Almost ALL of our photos were candids. Very few were posed (most of the ones in the below link were not forced or posed) Here is a link
Post # 7
We haven’t done it yet (10 days!) but here is the plan: We’re spending about 2 hours before our guests arrive doing our first look and pics. Then we are all hanging out while the guests arrive and maybe taking a few more pics if we can find a secluded spot where our guests can’t see. That’s it. The rest of our pics will be candids and unposed photos throughout the rest of the day. We’re really looking forward to everyone hanging out beforehand and think it will help with nerves and then after our ceremony we get to just be with our guests which is what this is all about anyway!
Btw–I think you’ll be fine with your photography situation so don’t worry about it! It works for you and that’s all that matters!
Post # 8
Could your friend in the bridal party do your first look shots, too?
Post # 9
The plan is my friend in the bridal party will do ALL the shots (first look included) and just set up everyone with someone else standing in for her and timed tripod or have somenone shoot the actual shot if her hubby isn’t available to shoot those shots (they have kids who will also be in the wedding so we’re trying to keep the kids away as long as possible so they don’t burn out too soon).
For those who have responded/yet to respond I guess I should have specified that we’re having our ceremony and reception all in the same place in the garden of the house I grew up at, that’s where the first look will also take place. For me 30 minutes seems WAY too close if we want to ensure to be hidden away from guests. Did anyone else encounter this issue?
Post # 11
30 minutes might cut it close, but I seriously doubt guests will show up half an hour early. Our earliest ones were 15 mins early. And if one or two guests show up that early and see you, not a HUGE huge deal…just go inside then. Thats why I left a ton of time (like I said, 3 hours) to be sure I was done early enough. I didnt want anyone seeing me, but because we were walking down main street a bunch of guests did see me when they were driving to the church. I didnt really care the day of though 🙂
Long story short, if you are in the same place, 30 mins should be plenty of time for you to duck inside and hide
Post # 12
Our venue is all in one too though it sounds more spread out than yours. I think you’ll be fine as long as you make sure to stay on schedule!
I have to say though, even if you do run into a few early bird guests, they will be tickled to catch a glimpse of all of you. We went to a wedding last year and were the early birds and ran into the bride and groom in front of the venue taking pictures. We got to give them a quick hug and wish them luck and it’s a sweet moment we all still talk about.
Post # 13
Sounds like you have lots of guest photographers, so I’m sure everything will turn out beautifully 🙂
This is what our schedule is looking like:
2-2:45pm -pictures of bride/bridesmaids getting ready
3pm -Bride & Groom meet for first time (good photo opp.)
3:15-4pm -Pictures of B&G at Tea house, etc.
4-4:30pm -Family pictures
4:30-5pm -pictures of Bridal party
5-5:30pm -pictures of guests arriving (allows us to relax a little bit before the ceremony)
6-7pm -congratulations after ceremony
Hope that helps!
Post # 14
I don’t have advice as to how you do your scheduling, since I’ve not figured mine out yet for my April 2011 wedding….but sounds like many of the other bees have great advice and examples for you!
I too would love to do the first look photos.and need to figure out how to make it all work into the rest of the photo. opps..haha..like Bridal Party/Family pics.etc…
Good luck to you!
Post # 15
Kelly V – I already commented on your posted link’s page…but also wanted to say here…I LOVE LOVE all your pics/stories you had! Made me want to cry with joy! 😉 I hope that I can find a way to make my wedding day feel as special and fun as it looks like you certain had for yours! Congrats!
Post # 16
we ended up taking way more time on pictures than i thought we would (probably b/c i could barely walk b/c my feet hurt so bad after the ceremony!)
3:00 first look (so glad we did that!)
3:10 family and bridal party pictures (but we didn’t get them all done)
4:00 ketubah signing (guests started arriving during this time)
5:00 more pictures, we finished up the bridal party and family pictures and had pictures of just us. i thought we would have time to enjoy the cocktail hour… but we really only had like five minutes and we just went into a corner and sat down, didn’t mingle, b/c we were so tired by then.