As I prepare for my first wedding of 2017, I’m looking back at my first wedding of 2016. Emily and EJ’s early springtime wedding at Willowdale estate was just so lovely. Emily got ready on site at Willowdale, and I thought I’d share some reasons why this is awesome.
- If you can, if it’s a possibility at all even for a small fee, to extend the time you are allowed in the bridal suite (or another room with pretty light that’s on site) at your venue so we can get in there before the first look if it’s not already included, please please please do it! Usually if you are getting ready off site and have to travel to multiple locations, the difference between extending your photography services and your venue time might be negligible anyway. If you want to have some of hair and makeup photographed, have your stylist travel to your venue after your done for touch ups OR inquire to get on site early enough to have them meet you there to start your services. However, most of my clients choose to just begin photography when they are done at the salon or the hotel.
- Photographing your bridal details in the same scene where your wedding will take place is just so wonderful. Using pieces of the venue to further encapsulate the textures and mood of the day in my opinion, is just the best way to tell your story. Getting your dress on at your venue is the way to go too (as long as there is a suite with pretty light – if not, I’ll always choose pretty light in a hotel over a dungeon-esque suite on site).
- This also allows for your first look and formals to be on site at your venue. You picked your venue for a reason, and I’m guessing it’s because you love it. And if you love it, I’m guessing you want more than just a few photos there during sunset. Doing all your photos on site lets us capture all the little nooks and crannies that are so special about your site. Ending 30 minutes before the ceremony to hide you away from arriving guests gives me time to capture all your details and design aspects, as well as overall shots of the venue during daylight (which is especially important for those having sunset ceremonies or winter weddings).
- A sunset sneak away – Because you are considering doing your first look and pre-ceremony photos, that means it might be quite bright and we will have to work with shade or particular areas of the venue to work with the bright summer light. In any case we will sneak out for 10-15 minutes of golden hour or sunset photos to capture those we couldn’t earlier. This also gives you a chance to sneak away just the two of you and soak in those first married moments!