Post # 1
Our venue only allows us to arrive 30 minutes prior to ceremony. There is also not a lot of variety of places to take pictures – though the church is gorgeous. We are old fashioned and do not want to see eachother prior to the ceremony.
I was think that in order to avoid taking 2 hours after the ceremony for pictures and to add background variety – it might be nice for the groom’s party and bridal party to go to different parks before the ceremony for basic pictures.
Basically, the bridal party would go to Bear Lake in Littleton, Colorado and have the bridal portraits, bride and immeadiate family/parents, and bridal party photos done. The Groom’s Party would go further away to Red Rocks Park in Morrison, Colorado and have portraits of the groom, groom and family, and groomsmen done. Both parks are within 15 minutes of the Chapel/Venue.
That means, the only pictures left to take would be the joint pictures of whole bridal party, whole family, and bride & groom during the cocktail hour.
Has anyone done something similar? Did it work out well?
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
I think that’s pretty typical. At a friends wedding both groups were getting ready in different areas of the church. The photographers grabbed the guys and took them outside to take photos… then sent them back in. Then took the bridesmaid/bride to take photos. After the ceremony and during coctail hour, they did group photos.
Post # 3
Why don’t you do them all together? You can have your First Look first and then bridal party, then have bridal party travel on ahead of you or wait, while you get more of yourself + groom.
Post # 4
The groom and I both do not want to see eachother until I am walking down the isle. We feel its an important tradition to honor.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan
Yes, we are since we are not seeing each other until I walk down the aisle.
All “getting ready” pics will be seperate, any pictures of me with just my bridesmaids and him and just his groomsmen will be done ahead of time, along with any individual or family photos where our future spouse is not included–aka me with my parents or siblings, indidividual bride and groom portraits etc. After the wedding, all photos are a variation of us together (with family, with bridal party, alone together, etc).
We’re doing this due to time. We only have 30 min in the church post ceremony before we get kicked out, so all of the formal family and bridal party shots that involve us together need to be done quickly. Anything that can be done ahead of time (aka without the spouse) needs to be done beforehand so that we have time for joint photos.
Post # 6
This is very common. I’m a wedding photographer, and I encourage all my couples to do as many formals prior to the ceremony as they can – even if they decline a first look. Just make sure you are taking into consideration how long you have your photogs for, and the extra travel involved in going to an additional location.
Post # 7
Yes, I just did that this past weekend. We only had one photographer and we started taking pictures about an hour before the ceremony. Our bridal party was tiny, one person on each side, plus the male officiant (a close friend). We also did a few family pictures as well.
Then, right before the ceremony we did portraits where we were on different sides of a door holding hands.
After the ceremony, we got a large group photo (then sent everyone inside). Then did bridal party all together, then sent them inside. Last we did just the two of us and our dog. When that was done, we went inside to eat.
If anyone wanted to get pictures with us as a couple, we did that right before they left.
I think it worked out pretty well. I used to banquet serve at weddings, and now realize why pictures take so long. If I had to redo everything, I would do it the exact same way.
Post # 8
Yes – this is very common!
It usually works out nicely! Just remember to plan out all the logistics so that it flows smoothly. Think about how to make sure everyone arrives where they need to be on time. Get some help from your photographer and hair/makeup artist as to how long everything will take so that you are on schedule. Obviously this plan needs two photographers. Make sure they are aware that they’ll need to be in separate vehicles.
It sounds like a good plan. Just make sure to line up the details and you’ll be golden!
Post # 9
I actually work in Littleton, what chapel are you getting married at? Both locations are gorgeous and it makes total sense. Just make sure that transportation is figured out before hand so there is no confusion the day of.
Post # 10
We are getting married June 4th, 2016 and are planning to have our ceremony and reception at Three Trees Chapel – I have wanted to be married there since I was a young girl.
I think we might rent a limo for the groom and his party and one for the bride and her party. Our photographer works as a team and they both have cars – we have used them in the past for other photos (April O’Hare).
Post # 11
I literally work right across the street from there! That is such a great little chapel. Not very many spots for pics though so you really do need to go to a different location. If anything I would want the bridal portraits at Red Rocks and put the guys at Bear Creek Lake…but that’s just me! I love red rocks and have seen such beautiful portraits up there!
Post # 12
We are not having our first look until the ceremony, so we have to do it this way. I think it’s fine though. Photographers are great at working out logistics like that, just make sure to communicate openly and ahead of time.
Post # 13
i don’t see this being too big of a deal. Do you have 2 photographers or will they be traveling back and forth? If so I’d consider a very nice tip or see if they will be charging you for the gas.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2015 - The fire gardens bonsall, ca
I’ll tell you , that was the plan at my wedding… got there at 10 to get ready ready by 1 photo then ceremony…
I was ready by one and yet in everything going on we still didn’t get to take the posed shots of the girls before the ceremony. We did get the posed getting ready shots. So did the guys. But the detail shots of the dress, shoes, bouquet etc took so long. The posed putting on your makeup shots took long. All the pictures took long. During the rest of the photos at cocktail hour hubby and I decided we are going to do another photo shoot later. He’ll rent a tux I get to get dressed up all pretty again and we are going to go to the ocean and take photos.
Remember if it doesn’t go the way you think it is fine and think of a back up plan! 🙂
Post # 15
I think lots of people do that