Post # 1
What are you guys doing about taking pictures after the ceremony? Traditionally, most people I know go off to a pretty area of their city and take formal, posed pictures while guests enjoy cocktail hour. I’m kinda “meh” about the formal posed pictures though.
I think I’d just rather take them at the church or right outside the church if it’s nice out and hop on over to the venue (our reception is right after the ceremony). I don’t want to worry about being late because we ran into traffic trying to get to a park or something.
What are you guys doing or what did you do? If you’re already married, are the posed pictures something that you’re really glad you did or not?
Post # 3
We took our artsy pictures away from the location before the location. Afterward, we did family portraits and formal pictures right outside the ceremony location.
Post # 4
We’re actually doing all our formal type shots before the ceremony (including a first look). They’ll be in the area where we are getting married, Balboa Park, which is a *beautiful* location.
Post # 5
We are taking all photos before the ceremony. Our wedding is outdoors under a huge rotunda at a State Park in Kentucky that overlooks My Old Ky. Home and a golf course. The reception will be on sight. There are tons of gardens and little brick/cobble stone paths that lead to the reception site, so we will take all photos in the area.
Post # 6
there’s a pond, gazebo, bridges and gorgeous garden outside the chapel where we’re getting married, and a really pretty lounge area just outside our reception hall, so we’ve got a few choices. 🙂 We’ll do a lot of our pics ahead of time though, not between the ceremony and reception.
Post # 7
we’ll be taking a lot of pictures before the ceremony. i know we’ll probably want some more after- i’m not sure if all of my family will be there before so i’ll want to get some with my grandma, etc. after the ceremony it’ll be time for me and my fi to have our lovely dovey pictures. our ceremony and dinner are at the same place, so there won’t be any worries of being late. we’ll probably just walk somewhere, there’s a beach right by there.
Post # 8
Wow… I forgot about people doing pictures before the ceremony! Fiance and I want to see each other for the first time that day when I walk down the aisle, but pics before the wedding with the bridesmaids/family are definitely a good idea/time saver.
Post # 9
We did pictures of me/BMs/my family and DH/GMs/groom’s family outside of the ceremony site before the ceremony. After the ceremony, we did combined family and bridal party photos in the church (took about 10 minutes). If you provide your photog with a list of the shots you want AND let everyone involved in these pics know ahead of time which shots you want them in, it should run pretty smoothly/quickly. Then we took pictures of just me and DH outside at our reception venue (took 20-ish minutes). Some of my favorite photos from the day are the ones of just me and DH at our reception venue – totally worth the little bit of extra time. I prefer candid pictures to formal portraits, but I’m really glad that we have the portraits.
Post # 10
I think we’re going to do a first look and try to get as many pictures in as possible before the ceremony. Luckily our ceremony venue has some awesome architecture and sits on some beautifully maintained grounds with some other awesome buildings. Fiance and I already scoped out what could be some really neat pictures. I’m hoping to do engagment photos where we met since it’s over 40 minutes away from both the ceremony and reception venues (they’re ten minutes apart.)
Post # 11
We’re taking them outside of the church, it’s a historic church with nice big green grounds and lots of arches, so we’re taking pics there after the ceremony. It was one of the main reasons why I chose that church.
Post # 12
We did all our Wedding Party portraits and such before the ceremony, and did the family portraits right after. It took about 20 mins to do our entire family (our photog had it down to a science!) We did posed pictures about 30 feet from our ceremony site, which was a gazebo/garden area nestled away in a wooded area. It worked out perfectly.
I’m really glad we did the posed formals with our family members. Some of them are traditional and liked having the pictures for their mantles and such. Plus, it only took 20 mins for everyone!
Post # 13
We went to another location to take pics in between (where hubby proposed). I was king of like you about formal pictures, but I figured since I didn’t want many it would be fast and easy and no big deal. It ended up being the most stressful part of the wedding day. Things were running late, it was getting dark, I started freaking out that a) the limo would abandon us since we’d only reserved him until a certain time and b) we were late for the reception and it would ruin the evening. Everything was fine, of course, but if I did it again I might consider keeping the formal shots at the ceremony site and not adding that extra stress.
Post # 14
An option too, if you want pretty portraits somewhere else is to have a day after session or what we call Rock the Dress session with your photographer. These are great because you don’t have to leave your guests for too long and the photo sessions are more relaxed and the photographer gets more time to be creative. I’m not encouraging anyone to skip the couple or fun wedding party portraits on their wedding day, even if you decide to do the portrait session after the wedding.
The Second thing to consider is also having a close but private place for your photographer to do your family portraits. Things go much more quickly and smoothly when you don’t have a room full of guests behind the photographer also snapping away or trying to congratulate you. It also will help with the wondering eyes in the portraits, one of my biggest pet peeves.
Post # 15
We’re doing our photos before the ceremony. We don’t want to miss a minute of the party!
Post # 16
The hotel we have our ceremony at is shuttling us down to their private beach for pics after. Little bummed to miss the cocktail but our coordinator promised appetizers and champagne waiting for us there 🙂