Here it is! The moment everyone has been waiting for! The music is playing and the guests have been seated. Ushers make their way to the back of the church and the coordinator is lining up the bridesmaids while giving the musicians a 5-minute warning. The bride is about to walk down the aisle to the lover of her life…. and if she’s like most girls, she’s dreamed about this moment for a long time. Vows will be share and promises will be made…this is what its all about. In a world full of wedding blogs, Pinterest, and bridal magazines, its easy to be overwhelmed and consumed by the “prettiness” of the event. While details do matter and planning is necessary, its important to never lose sight of the real purpose of this amazing day!

 

Lighting

 

Ceremony lighting is really important. If you get married outdoors at 12pm, the lighting will be extremely harsh and not only will there be harsh lines of light on your faces, you will also be squinting. I suggest planning an outdoor ceremony 2 hours before sunset if you are having a first look. If you are not interested in sharing a first look, then I would suggest having your ceremony 3 hours before sunset to ensure that we will have plenty of time for all of your portraits afterwards. The lower the sun, the more romantic the lighting.

 

Coordination

Hiring either a full event planner or just a day of coordinator is so important. Brides realize very quickly that if they do not have someone in charge of the coordination of the day, the responsibility will automatically fall on the mother of the bride, the photographer or the bride. Its so important to make this a priority. If you need any recommendations on wedding coordination services I would love to share some of my favorite vendors with you.