(Closed) First Look, Photography and the Schedule, how did YOU do it?

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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

http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/02/14/real-wedding-kelly-and-matt/

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Could your friend in the bridal party do your first look shots, too?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Sounds like you have lots of guest photographers, so I’m sure everything will turn out beautifully ๐Ÿ™‚

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)

5:30-6pm             -Ceremony
6-7pm                   -congratulations after ceremony

7pm                       -Reception 

Hope that helps!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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!

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Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

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)

4:30 ceremony

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.

6:30 dinner

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