Let’s start with the amazingly awesome exciting time you are in. You’re getting married! We figure you haven't planned very many weddings so we at Wiggins Photography wanted to help by sharing an awesome collection of our & other wedding industry leaders’ thoughts. Timing is everything on your wedding day. While it’s so important to be prepared as much as possible, when it comes to the timeline of your day, it’s best to expect the unexpected – in our experience, these unexpected moments are often the most precious. It comes down to the fact that you can never have too much time for photographs.
Traditional is where the couple does not see each other before the ceremony. Only individual bridesmaid and groomsmen picture are taken prior to the ceremony. After the ceremony, family formals are immediately taken, we try and gather the bridal party for a couple group shots, and then the bride and groom have their Creative Session. In most situations, this is going on prior to & during the cocktail hour before reception.
The big scheduling problem that can arise has to do with getting all of the pictures done in between the Ceremony & Reception. There are three options that can happen post-ceremony.
Simply put – it's when the bride & groom spend some time before the ceremony (yes, before) in a private moment where we get to capture the intimacy of them seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day… seriously private and seriously worth it. Typically, we'll scout out a spot that is re-mote and away from guests. Then we'll lead the groom over to wait anxiously for his bride to tap him on the shoulder so he can turn around and… WOW… see her in her glorious beauty, share true & intimate emotions, and admire who he is about to walk down the aisle with. Not only does this make for some amazing memories & photographs, but you get to share in a private moment just between the two of you! Most couples say that their nervousness is completely gone afterwards, and that despite having seen each other before the ceremony, they still feel equally special when they walk down the aisle and see their bride/groom again at the end of the aisle.
There are some circumstances that truly call out for a first look, such as: