Post # 1
I am still a new bee, so I need some help in terms of photography logistics. My FH and I agreed that we would like to do our photos before the ceremony so that clothing/hair/makeup is still fresh and so we get so spend more time with our loved ones at the reception. We also are excited to do a "first look" session with our photographer (whom we haven’t yet hired).
My question, then, is if we are doing the photos before the ceremony, where are those photos traditionally taken? We’ll be getting married in a church and then having a reception elsewhere (probably between 15 to 30 minutes away). Do we take the photos at the church? Or the reception venue? Or just another scenic area of our choosing? I know the family/formal photos after the ceremony are at the church, but I don’t know how the photography works before the ceremony.
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Before the ceremony, the photog is at where the bride and her brides maids are at getting ready. The photographer would be photographing you and your brides maids preparing. Like getting the makeup on, getting the dresses on, etc.
If you have a second shooter with the main one, the 2nd could photography the FH and the boys getting ready as well.
In sum, it is where you are getting ready. Formals and photos of the bridal party are in between the ceremony and the reception.
Post # 4
Thanks for the response TedNghiem! I always love seeing friends’ photos from when the guys and girls are getting ready.
I’ve read on WeddingBee though that many couples elect to do photos before the ceremony — how do those work and where?
Post # 5
I’m planning on doing the same thing! We don’t want to take time out from the reception, so we want to get the bridal party shots done right after the first look. I was thinking this might happen outside at our church, since the grounds are so nice. As long as we are done before guests start arriving. You could always pick a location in between where you are getting ready and the church, like a park.
Post # 6
The first look can be wherever you’d like! If the church is very pretty with lots of stained glass, etc. Then have it there. That would probably be the easiest thing for you to do. However, if there is a place that’s significant to the both of you, as well as a pretty location do it there.
You are so smart to agree to do a first look before you’ve even booked your photographer! So many brides are dead set against seeing their grooms before the ceremony and don’t realize that once the ceremony is over, it’s this big race for everything else to start. The DJ wants to start intros, the caterers want to start serving, and everyone is rushing you if you take the pictures after the ceremony.
I just did a wedding where the bride and groom didn’t want to see each other beforehand and we had just *15* minutes to shoot their pictures together. The catering people were yelling at my assistant that we needed to hurry up and finish. It’s YOUR day, and you can take your pictures wherever you want to 🙂
P.S. Here’s my favorite picture from my first look session at my wedding 🙂
Post # 7
I am only having photography of the ceremony and immediately afterwards. No here I as putting on my shoes shots for me!
If the weather gods are kind, we are meeting the photographer in front of a lovely gazebo near but not at the ceremony site for pre-wedding shots. Then of course cremony shots and then we are doing family shots immediately after the ceremony at the cermony site (one of the gardens at the college where I teach).
Post # 8
you can do photos anywhere, just provide for time and travel. tghere are no rules, its your wedding, not somebody elses. Just make sure your photographer knows. hopefully you wont incur travel or time costs if you plan for it.
Post # 9
Thanks for clarifying this for me, bees! We want to spend as much time with our guests as possible, and it is exciting to get to choose our own venue.
QueenBecca, your first look photo is just the most precious thing ever. I hope I am that lucky with my photographs!
Did anyone have a pre-ceremony photo locale that was just perfect for you?