Benefits of Formal Portraits Before the Ceremony

There are many advantages to seeing each other before the wedding. Wedding photographers often suggest this approach because this is when the bride, groom, bridal party and family are at their best: the bride and bridesmaids’ hair and makeup are fresh, while the groom and groomsmen are not anxious to get out of their tuxes yet. Best of all, your family and wedding party are not at all distracted to rush to the reception, or to participate in the wedding day’s festivities. This healthy pre-ceremony atmosphere creates a smooth tempo to sound the drum of the event’s opening.

If you do take the pre-ceremony formal portrait approach, it is recommended that you set aside 15-20 minutes of private time that is designated for just the two of you and we will always arrange some very special place where you will meet and see each other for the first time in your wedding attire. These moments, before you start taking posed portraits, are often the most precious for the bride and groom and the pictures are just amazing. The groom is given allocated time to express his feelings to you. You are able to say a prayer together, or exchange meaningful gifts. This time also serves as a break to calm your nerves. When a bride and groom choose to wait until the ceremony to see each other for the first time, they typically do not have time alone until their wedding day has ended.

After the private time together, we will proceed with formal portraits. During this time, we will take the posed photographs of the bride and groom, family, and wedding party. A typically photo shoot schedule usually lasts one hour. The final advantage achieved through this approach is having the formals before the wedding allows you to enjoy the rest of your day without any schedules or timelines to meet.

With plenty of experience documenting weddings, we are a great resource to help you in outlining how your day should flow. Take advantage of our experiences. When you are relaxed your photographs will look their best. There are many other things to consider as you plan your wedding day. It’s important that you and your groom discuss it thoroughly, and make a plan that works best for you as a couple. Most of all, enjoy the day; one that will be one of the most special days in your lives.

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