Post # 1
We are not doing a first look, so our photographer will be with us during cocktail hour.
For those of you who are having your reception at the same place as your cocktail hour, how are you planning to capture all the details prior to your photographer arriving? I’m envisioning a beautiful scene when everyone gets there, but by the time we get there everything will be used and moved, etc…
Yep, I may be nuts, but I’ve worked hard on all this diy nonsense and want to make sure there’s photographic evidence. 🙂
Post # 3
Is there any way your photographer can take some pictures after everything is set up but before cocktail hour starts?
I had a lot of DIY details that I wanted photographed, but since we took all of our formal photos before the ceremony, our photog took the detail shots during cocktails, between the ceremony and reception (they were in the same venue).
Post # 4
We aren’t doing a first look either, so I want our photog to get there early so we can get some “getting ready” pictures and some of me and my girls and Fiance and his guys before the ceremony. Our ceremony starts at 5:30, and our pre-ceremony pics will be done by 5:00 so from 5-5:30 I am going to have the photog go into the reception room and capture all my hard work before guests arrive. The ceremony is outdoors and that’s where we’ll be taking the pre pics so she can get some pictures of the ceremony site before guests arrive at that time.
Post # 5
We didn’t do a first look also. Our photographer just got there while things were being set up and she was able to capture all of the details.
Post # 6
Basically our day when something like the following:
Photographers met me at the hotel and got getting ready photos. Then we went and took mine and the bridesmaids photos. Then they headed to the venue and got the guys and my DH family. They had about 30min. to spare to get all of the detailed photos before guests arrived. I highly recommend adding in the padding to allow for those photos. 🙂
Post # 7
Hmmm…all of these are awesome suggestions! Unfortunately, the photographer is going to be at the church with us prior to the ceremony, so he won’t be able to get to the reception venue. I guess I will just have to enlist a friend or something.
Post # 8
My venue was at a seperate location than the ceremony, but the photographer stil managed to get over there and take photos….I highly recommend this. HOw much time do you have your photographer for? And when are they arriving?
Post # 9
As a photographer myself, what you want to do is pretty hard. This is why we recommend first looks. If you are having a gap between ceremony and reception, then that would work as well.
If there’s no gap, and ceremony and reception are not in the same place, and there’s no first look, then yes, some details will be all destroyed by the time the photographer will arrives.
If you can have your cocktail hour in a separate room and not allow guests in to the actual reception area until right before you are announced, that will work and preserve details.
Generally, as a photographer, I just get in there and, fast as I can, get things. I also put items back together and recreate some stuff. Hope that helps!
Post # 10
Can your photog bring a second shooter? We did all our formal pics before the ceremony, but our main photog stayed at the cocktail hour and took pictures there while his second shooter headed to the reception early to capture the details. My DOC actually also took some pictures of the room set-up, which she sent to me. Otherwise yes, a friend with a decent camera could probably at least document all your projects.