I keep getting asked how it works on your wedding day, well being a Documentary Wedding Photographer I will not be taking over your day, this is your wedding and you should have what you want, So I will run through what happens below.
How it works
An hour before I start I will get to see all the venues first, this is so I can see how they are set up and decide where we will be taking the formal group photos and bride & groom photos if you are having these.
I also leave plenty of time to get to your wedding, any weddings over 2 hours drive I will stay overnight at a hotel, all other weddings I get to the venue about an hour before, I have seen too many photographers post on "Emergency cover needed" groups where they didn't leave any time just in case of traffic.
Bridle, Groom Preparations
I start by photographing the bridle preparations, I will not stop you to pose you for any photos, instead I will be quietly photographing what is happening in a natural style.
If you are having a second photographer as well then they will be with the groom in the morning and right through the whole day until after the first dance.
I will leave the bridal preparations 15 minutes before you leave for the church/ceremony so that I can park and setup inside and outside of the church/ceremony. I will capture you arriving for the ceremony and then move into the ceremony room and position myself in a suitable place. Taking photos as it happens through the service and outside the ceremony/church.
At the reception I will leave you to mingle with your guests for about 15 minutes, after this I find is the best time to do the group shots (if you are having these).
I will ask you for a list of groups that you want 1 month before your wedding, I always start with the largest group first then down to the smallest group, this way it goes quite quickly and is not so painful like you see at other weddings .
To help with the smooth running of this I ask you to nominate two people that know each of your families, these two people will have the list of group photos to be taken and will gather the people needed on the list for me to pose (position) and take the photos.
Group photos can be done quite quickly but this relies completely on the cooperation of guests. If someone disappears to the bar or off to check in this will certainly add time on and might affect the timings of your wedding.
Then we will move on to the bride & groom couple photos, again only if you are having these, these sessions can take as long as you want them to but remember we need to finish these before your sit down meal, It can take anything from 10 to 30 minutes to get some stunning photos.
Reception part II
Here I will be photographing you coming in to for your sit down meal, this is where I will be taking my break while you and your guests enjoy your meal.
I will return from my break in time for your speeches, I will photograph them from start to end, normally this is followed by the cake cutting then first dance and your guests dancing the night away.
Obviously your days timings may be slightly different and I am very flexible, this is just a guide.
So now you see how a professional wedding photographer with 15 years experience works, your wedding will seem like it flied by on the day and that's where I come in to document it.