Decide in advance if you want a quiet morning for your getting ready or if you prefer a room full of people around you. Every situation provides a very different energy.
When I show up first I'll photograph little set ups as a ring shots, bouquet, your wedding gown, stationary and special little items. Having them ready always helps.
Hair and make up
To organize the program for your wedding day, ask your hairdresser and makeup artist an estimated time for their work and add at least 30 minutes as a buffer.
Ceremonies in church
Before you book your church make sure it is allowed to take pictures and if there are any other restrictions.
Usually the best time for an outdoor ceremony is 2 hours before sunset, when the sunlight falls more evenly on skin tones (no harsh shadows) and so both the bride and groom are exposed to light equally.
One of the most important moments of your wedding day are the creative portraits session. Be sure to allow at least 45 minutes/one hour for them. I’ll guide you at all, but it’s important to remember that the portraits require a little patience and, sometimes, an adventurous spirit.
I always recommend to take pictures of family or groups (parents, grandparents, friends, etc..) immediately after the ceremony. It would be great to have someone next to me to organize the groups as I cannot know all family members. Family portraits should not take more then 30 min. Please count 2-3 min for each portrait.
More lights there are, the better! I love the DJ lights, candles, lamps, etc…
I like receptions in tents, because the white canvas works really well with the way I use the lights. To make it even better, add some glittering chandeliers or lanterns, and lots of candles on the tables.
Outdoor reception lighting
If you organize a reception in the open air, under the stars, I recommend you to add extra lighting, as strands of lights that shine and candles in jars. The additional lighting will help to ‘warm up’ your photos and create more dynamic. Otherwise, you will have a completely black background unless the receipt does not take place during the day.
No other camera operators at the wedding
This is a very important thing at your wedding. Guests flash or someone stepping into the isle during ceremony will affect your wedding pictures.
The best way to approach the situation is to have either "Unplugged Wedding" ( guests leave their camera and phones behind and enjoy those special moments with you completely ). Second - The officiant could inform the guests before your ceremony starts, that there is absolutely no use of DSLR cameras/flash and staying in their seats during ceremony.
Let your wedding day be as simple as it is. Do not let yourself be influenced by unforeseen events. Keep an open mind, be spontaneous, that’s the only way to make your wedding an unique event.