If we’re being honest, all of the wedding day images are important, but the real favourites are almost always from our time with Bride and Groom :D not only for their beauty, but because this is such a sweet moments of the day. For this brief moment in time, you will be alone with your groom! This time is for you two to step back and just love on each other as a married couple and allow the photographer to capture it. You will never get this moment back again and we always try to educate our couples on this time during the day!
B&G portraits are normally done after the ceremony, during the cocktail hour or during the sunset (the best option). But we have an other option…before the ceremony if you opt for the First Look.
The time set aside for portraits of just the bride and groom is one of the most important for our couples. As a bride, you make a lot of important decisions about your big day, and sometimes it can feel like there just isn’t enough time to squeeze it all in. Our best advice? Don’t overlook portraits! Scheduling enough time for bride and groom portraits is critical, which is why we help all of our couples build a timeline that ensures they get everything they want out of their wedding day. We know that you want to be with your guests and for us this is a priority! With that said, here are three reasons why you’ll want to make sure you build in enough time to capture your first moments alone…
THE PICTURES YOU HANG ON YOUR WALLS
Think about your future husband and your future home. These portraits of just the two of you will be the images that you frame beside your bed or over your mantel! They will also be the images that fill your album for generations to enjoy :) Now stop and smile. You’re getting married soon! Make sure you have enough time to make the most of them.
MORE PHOTOS IN MORE PLACES = MORE POSES TO CHOOSE FROM
Since the bride and groom portraits are some of the most important ones, you’ll want to have plenty of variety. It’ll give your wedding album more diversity and your wall collages more visual interest. Plus, it’s just plain fun to have lots of photos together! You only get to be the bride and groom once! It’s a day to celebrate! The location is another matter. This plays a role too, but in the end it is all about the couple as well as the light and not the background. We help you to choose the right location with the perfect light and they will be epic! You can find good spots for photos almost everywhere and often the best pictures are captured in completely unexpected places with wonderful light. So don't focus too much on a location, often the best ones are close by and that means more time for photos especially if you don't have to drive there. We know that you chose Italy because the stunning landscape and monuments. Don’t worry! You will have all the images you ask for :) Shooting in crowded places? Here the solution:)
There’s something calming about being with your husband alone on the wedding day without any distractions. It’ll be peaceful and set the tone for the rest of the day. No matter what happens after this special one-on-one time, you’ll have the memories you want secured.
Time is another important factor. Take time for your bride and groom portraits. Of course, you can take a few good pictures in 15 minutes. But experience shows that time is needed until the couple in the crowd of people is able to relax and get used to the new situation. If you or your planner is making a timeline, give at-least 30 minutes if not more for portraits. In the scheme of things, 30 minutes is nothing compared to a FULL wedding day and isn’t it about you and your man anyway? If you would like to have something extra special or to be photographed at several locations, then you should plan more time - we recommend that you plan one hour; for several locations the travel time needs to be considered as well.
One response we get a lot from couple is that they don’t want their guests to wait too long during cocktail hour and that is a legit concern!! Really, it is! This is where a first look comes into play! Just think, if you do a first look you get to get your bridal party photos done and photos of you and your fiancé out of the way before the ceremony! Right there you are saving at-least 30-45 minutes!
The food will get eaten, the flowers will die, but your photos……they last a lifetime. They get passed down to your children. You’re leaving a legacy for your children and their children. This is your time…just the two of you! Embrace it and enjoy it!