- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
So we just got our professional pictures back. We love our photographer and he is very talented.
The problem lies mostly in the timing of how the wedding day went and the weather. We were running late in the morning (that had a lot to do with the videographer running late as well) so we didn’t have time for bridal portraits or bridesmaids/bridal portraits. This also made me sad because I love my friends and am super close with my sister. I had planned on doing all those special Maid/Matron of Honor shots you see on pinterest with my sister, but it just didn’t happen.
We had a beautiful church ceremony and the pictures from that are beautiful, but after the ceremony it started to rain.
We got married in this gorgeous early 13th century church with ruins on the old grounds. It is my husband’s home town church but it is just beautiful in all its history. Becuase of the rain, however, we didn’t get any pictures outside of the church or of the grounds.
We then went to our reception site where it wasn’t raining but was extremely windy. We drove around and wasted pretty much the entire cocktail hour to find a spot where it was not too windy to get good pictures. Thus, again, we didn’t end up with much time and didnt get many pictures. In fact, we only had time to do some group shots and my husband and I had to leave again during our dinner to run out and do couples shots.
Needless to say, we also didn’t get many couple shots.
The pictures are beautiful and we have so many from the ceremony which is great – it just almost looks like it went straight from ceremony to speeches/dancing.
My husband and I have a lot of fun with pictures – when we went for our engagement pictures (done by my sisters friend in Boston), they were so much fun and we looked so much more ourselves and natural. I feel like our wedding pictures are lacking a little bit of that “us” look and that “in-love” look because I just felt so rushed and nervous about getting pictures. They are just lacking that thing – whatever that is.
So what do we do?
My husband doesn’t mind going for a re-shoot. Its just how we go about it. And that’s where I wand advice from you bees if you have gone through anything similar!
1) Ireland (his hometown and our wedding location)
A) Ireland is where we met and fell in love. There is something so innately beautiful and romantic about that country – hence why we choose to have the wedding there in the first place. It is a place so near and dear to both our hearts.
B) They are the pictures i envisioned getting in the first place and the pictures would blend in with our original pictures and would keep the flow of our wedding albums
C) We could get more pictures outside with our beautiful church
D) We could use the same photographer, which is great since we already know him and wouldn’t have to hire someone we never met. Although, I don’t think this is something ever done in Ireland…so he might think it is a really strange request or think we didn’t like his original work.
E) Husband could get the same suit he wore for the wedding
F) His cousin did our flowers, so I could get my bouquet re-made
A) Involves transporting the dress on a plane again, not easy and you have to get all the wrinkles out when you get there.
B) Our time there is limited, since we would have to plan our vacation around traveling back to Ireland. We couldn’t just schedule the shoot on any day, it would have to be planned way ahead of time, which also means the weather could be bad again and we wouldnt have much time for a “rain check”. Basically, the logistics of this option are difficult
C) My hairdresser is a close friend and made my hair so beautiful and knows how to work with it. I would not have anyone who could do my hair and makeup over in Ireland and I’d have to gamble with someone we don’t know.
D) Might have to keep it secret from his family because they will think we are being crazy and wasteful and I really wouldn’t want to deal with any negative thoughts.
E) Unable to involve my sister or bridesmaids. I don’t know that all my bridesmaids would actually join – but my sister said she would def love to.
F) If anything goes wrong, we wouldn’t get a second chance.
*Note: We usually fly to Ireland once a year to see his family, so its not really any more money travel wise for either option. My hometown is also a flight away at the moment because we live in Canada, but its a cheap one hour flight and we go every few months and we’re hoping to be living there by next year. The re-shoot would have to be a year from now anyhow. We’d need to save up for it and agreed it would be a great 1st anniversary idea.
2) New Hampshire (my hometown) – closer and easier to get too
I suppose just switch the above pros and cons around haha
Ugh – I just don’t know what to do. And i hate that I’m not 100% happy with our pictures – we just didn’t get that time to relax into ourselves and just “be.” 🙁
Did anyone else feel this way???? How do I make myself feel better about this?? I hate that i’m unahppy with them and it makes me sick to my stomach to think I dont love my wedding pictures. What did you do??