The day is here, things are already swirling and your room is filled with friends and loved ones eager to see you become a bride. It’s easy to become worried about every detail of your wedding but don’t let it consume you. Perhaps one of your bridesmaids is arriving late or taking too long to get ready. Maybe the venue just called and you found out something has changed that you weren’t expecting to hear. In my four years I have seen quite a bit of random occurrences but they never end up mattering in 3 hours when you are standing in front of the love of your life echoing the words “I Do” which brings me to my second simple piece of advice.
I understand I may have just told a large group of women to simultaneously stop reading this but I truly mean it. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I understand that each detail matters to you and someone being late can upset the best of us. It’s just that it all will fade away. No matter what happens in a few hours you will be slow dancing with the person that counts. I guarantee that you won’t remember the small things that went wrong in 7 years but rather all the tiny things that went amazingly right. You can’t script life or the look I will inevitably see in your eye through my lens gazing up at him like a 4th grader finally let loose for recess. Remember what really matters most because when you avoid that first pesky distraction I believe your day will flow better and you will continue to glow. Don’t let anyone steal your happiness for even one moment.
I’m sure you have heard this before but it bears repeating. Kiss for what feels like 5 seconds longer than what you feel appropriate. This will help you ensure you get a great shot of your first kiss. This is even more important if you only have one photographer at your wedding as the moment can come and go quickly. While often overstated I feel this is important to mention and the easiest thing to forget on the day of the wedding.
Take A Moment!
The ceremony has just ended. Now what? I always tell my couple to take a moment and grab a drink if they need one to absorb what just happened. It’s a huge moment in your life and you need a second to gather yourself. Now for the difficult part as it is up to you to keep things on schedule. This is the most vital 45 minutes for your photographer to capture family photos, the entire bridal party, and your couples portraits all in a unique time frame. Guess who wants to talk to you? Everyone. Gather (immediate family) and have your planner encourage the remaining guests to find their way to the cocktail hour. (It’s a hard sell I know) By doing that you will have time to get all the shots that you desire and you will be rewarded with not only great photos but more time to relax right before being introduced into the reception for your first dance. I’m not just thinking about photography. I'm also thinking about your feet in those heels. Do your photographer and yourself this simple favor and you will thank me later.
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Written by Erik Weece