Post # 1
Let me preface by saying, we have only gotten our “preview pictures” back thus far and they are gorgeous. Our photographer does wonderful work and I hired him for his photo journalistic style. However, the day after our wedding, I started thinking back… And realized that there were NO pictures taken of our whole bridal party together!!! Our whole schedule got thrown off because of rain and we were not able to shoot our pictures anywhere but inside the venue, which is a bummer in and of itself. I tried to take this in stride as there was nothing really to be done about it. We ended up taking all the photos in the bridal suite at the venue (which is a beautiful room, but not what I wanted, being that my venue is smack in the middle of Old City Philadelphia).
When it came time for bridal party shots, the photographer did myself and my bridesmaids, then my groom and his men, and then… that was it. I was busy settling some details with the officiant on the other side of the room and didn’t even catch this. you get so caught up in what is going to happen that you neglect what is happening. From what I gather, one of my bridesmaids had left to tend to her soon (one of our ring bearers) and so the group shots weren’t taken then. Nor we’re they taken at any other point during the event. I was so busy all night that this didn’t even dawn on my until the next day.
I am am upset beyond words, but I don’t know how to handle it. Any advice?
Post # 2
I’m sorry to hear about this, but I am not sure there is anything you can do about it. If your bridal party is local, you could get them back together for a photo shoot, but that wouldn’t be quite the same as it won’t actually be your wedding day.
Don’t know what else to tell you, they weren’t taken, not much you can do about that. It doesn’t sound like anyone was really at fault. It was just the way it happened. Nothing you can do now other than enjoy the pictures you do have.
Post # 3
Photoshop? Other than a do-over, what can you do?
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I agree, I am not sure there is much you can do. I would be disappointed too. I sat down with my photographer before the wedding to put together our “must have” list of shots. She made sure we got every single one of them. She even tracked down missing people to get them in the photo when they had wandered off. Did you have a list for your photographer? If you did and he didn’t get this shot then maybe you could ask if there’s any way he could photoshop something together for you, but otherwise not much you can do…
Post # 5
We had a list and a timeline so they absolutely knew I wanted whole bridal party shots (I mean, who doesn’t??). I’m dreading broaching the subject with them.
Post # 6
we didnt get a ton of whole bridal party either- groom has an medical emergency that took him away for 2 hours… if everyone is local i would suggest a do over but if not. maybe photo shop it
Post # 7
My photographer also screwed up with bridal party pics. She did one of all of us. Then one of the guys. But none of just us girls. Also no cool shots like you see with everyone else’s bridal party pics. Just standard standing in a line pose. At the time I was too frazzled to notice and just put all my trust in my photographer. Mine also had a photo journalist style – she used to work for the newspaper. So she took awesome candid pics. But posed pics were definitely her weakness. I wish I had been more specific with what I wanted for pics.
Post # 8
Oh no. Thats so horrible 🙁 I’m sorry that happened to you! I would ask him why- and maybe do a redo photoshoot.
Post # 9
I’m so sorry to hear that! But I don’t think there’s anything you can really do. We didn’t get pictures of me with the groomsmen, or my husband with our bridesmaids and that kinda bums me out. But what’s done is done and even thinking about it makes me feel guilty because it really was a perfect day. When you get your photos back, you can get a double frame to include both pictures together!
Post # 10
Do you know, I never even thought of getting a picture of our whole bridal party! So clearly I am that bride that didn’t want one, lol. What I am planning on doing is putting up a picture of me and my bridesmaids next to a picture of DH, his best man and our ushers. They will look really nice side by side on our wall. Maybe that’s your best option at this point too?
Post # 11
Thank you for the support. I was also thinking of the double frame idea, that’s probably the best option at this point. Even if the photographer agreed to a reshoot, the tuxes, hair and make up would cost a small fortune and everyones schedules would probably be a nightmare to coordinate anyway. My husband tells me to focus on the beautiful pictures we do have and I need to try and do that!
Post # 12
I also want to say, the more I look at even just the preview pictures the more I am in love with them, so I will try to focus on those. Here’s one I particularly love.
Post # 13
Yea, I agree with you just enjoy the pictures that you do have.
Noone will want to get dressed up a second time and I’m sure the photographer’s contract says that photography is an art subject to interpretation and that photos are subject to the participation of those being photographed.
Post # 14
I completely understand that you are upset. And I totally agree with any feelings you have of it being your photographers responsibility to go off the checklist. Did you have a day of coordinator? I am going to be honest, I am a wedding photographer and it can be really hard, in total chaos, to get every single dream shot. Sometimes, those dream shot lists are crazy long. I understand that the group shot of all of the bridal party is customary, but it really isn’t your photographers responsibility to insure that all people stay in the area for the photos. I don’t think it is fair to place sole blame on them. Your day of coordinator should have insured everyone stayed present for the pictures. If you didn’t have one, well then I think you may have to let this one slide unless you made sure your wedding party stayed present. He/she should have made you aware at the reception though! Being a wedding photographer I can tell you that based on the size of the entire wedding party, those photos are hardly desirable for printing. The faces and such are so small that getting say, a 5×7, seems pointless to hang on a wall. The side by side group shots is a fabulous idea!
Post # 15
Aw, I am so sorry! As a former bride, I can understand your disappointment. As a wedding photographer, I know how bad weather and thrown off schedules can limit your ability to capture what we (and our clients!) want. It sounds like those circumstances were completely out of you and your photographer’s control. That’s where a coordinator or bossy relative can really come in handy-“The Wrangler” is what I call them lol. They make sure people are where they need to be and don’t wander off. A little planning goes a long way into getting the shots you want. The shot you have in gorgeous-I’m sure you will be thrilled when you get them back!