Wedding Day Timelines: Planning thoughts.

While we are in Covid lockdown I know sadly so many of you have had to postpone your wedding date, so our planning chats will probably be next year.

I thought it would be helpful to share with you a few things I go through with my couples to get organised for the big day. You can search online for planning tips and advice but nothing beats your photographer having experience of a real wedding day.

I have to say as well, you can plan and plan but sometimes things will still over run or get forgotten about on the day so please don’t feel like you’ve failed or that it’s a disaster… it’s unnecessary drama!!

Your wedding photographer/videographer will most likely be with you throughout the whole day, so they will act as a timekeeper, a shoulder to cry on sometimes and a general mood regulator!! We take on anything (well, I do anyway) to keep the day running as smoothly as possible and keeping our brides happy so we get those lovely naturally ‘glowy’ photos, stress shows and we know it! (Don’t stress that you’ll feel stressed!)

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So, looking at the timeline and planning your photos is really helpful, basically the more we plan our timeline for the day, the more we can fit in.

If you know exactly which sets of family photos you’d like(or not)we can get them done and out of the way first, they can all go off for drinks and then there’s solo time for the couple portraits.

I love having this time with my couples because it’s a bit of a relief for them to be out of the limelight for an hour and relax together as a married pair for the first time. Some people really hate having to pose and have photos so getting away from everyone and not having them watching is good too!

Family Group photos can look like this:

  • Couple with bride’s parents
  • Couple with bride’s parents and siblings
  • Couple with bride’s parents, siblings and grandparents
  • Bride with parents
  • Bride with each parent individually
  • Couple with both sets of parents
  • Couple with groom’s parents
  • Couple with groom’s parents and siblings
  • Couple with groom’s parents, siblings, and grandparents
  • Groom with parents
  • Groom with each parent individually

The list can go on and on…

Even if you gave each grouping two minutes, you will be spending 30-40 mins here, then you have the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen to shoot with the couple as well so add another 15-20mins on top. A lot of people feel like they have to have the family shots but don’t want to spend a lot of time doing them and also underestimate how long this really takes, especially on the day when everyone is excitable, it can be like herding cats!

I do suggest that we do some of these shots in the morning if possible. (Bride with mum, Bride with dad, Bride with siblings etc) These informal family shots before the wedding would be my choice of photo, they always seem to be more relaxed and look less stuffy to me.

If I have time or the Groom is nearby I can usually go over to where he’s getting ready and shoot the boys earlier as well. Having a best man or head bridesmaid on hand with my family shot list is something I always have, they normally know everyone and I give them the job of shouting at people so I can concentrate on taking the photos!

Another factor we have to think about is dinner, the bell normally goes at 5pm for dinner and couples want to enjoy the reception too and mingle with friends before the sit down part of the evening, somehow we have to fit everything in!

If you place alot of importance on your photos then try and work your timeline to fit, chat to your venue, tell them what you need, push dinner out later on.

Time of year can be a major factor as well, sunset and golden hour photos are lovely but in the summertime may sometimes be in the middle of dinner, are you prepared for your wedding photographer to drag you outside?! Later on in the year it will get dark earlier, this is sometimes forgotten about.

My main advice is talk to everyone involved, be on the same page, plan ahead for the images you really want, these things don’t happen without your involvement in the planning process, it is your wedding after all!

The Wise Naive @ Wedfest, Kings Lynn

Last weekends gig was an interesting one in the really pretty St Nicholas’ Chapel, Kings Lynn . I went along to take a few photos and I’m always happy for a chance to listen to some good music!

The Wise Naive are normally a 10 piece band with full brass section and percussion, for this gig they were a stripped back version of themselves but the acoustics of such a unique venue really seemed to bring out the best and they were as funky as ever. More church gigs please!!   Mark Purdy Soul DJ started and ended the night with some classic soul and motown tunes,  perfect for the dancefloor!

I didn’t mind missing the wedding show this time but here’s the links to some of the organisers and suppliers if you’re interested.

The Wise Naive– go see them next time they have a gig!

Mark Purdy Soul DJ, Pia Plum Events, Twisted Melon,

I quite like how dark the photos came out, it was quite a creepy church with all the shadows! 

 

 

{S&J}

This was a local wedding, starting in the pretty little church at Two Mile House and afterwards we did our portraits in Camphill Community in Kilcullen, wandering around the gardens there was a nice relax away from the busyness of the day, then after that it was on to Fallons for the evening.  Everything was relaxed and calm all day really, right down to having a big BBQ for dinner and unreserved seating. Cake pops and a sweets trolley for the kids and a homemade wedding cake all added up to make this wedding a special one.

Videography on the day was by Under the Apple Tree and i can’t wait to see!

S&J-LTP

Cambridgeshire Garden Wedding

Here’s a little preview from a really fab family wedding in my hometown of Cambridge, a rainy day that turned into sunshine that turned into a garden party into the wee hours. The registry office was lovely, and the garden was set up for a proper party, photobooth, cosy corner, toasted marshmallows on the bonfire, games for the kids.. I had to leave before the Hog Roast was ready but it smelt amazing!!

I was able to catch up with some old friends and it was really lovely to be in England this time!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

c&S

The Soft Tone Needles

Best Day Ever!

I just have to share with you a little sneek peak from this lovely wedding!

 The ceremony was held in a beautiful church in Dublin, The Newman University Church, it’s so unusual inside and a really cool place to visit. Afterwards we all walked through Stephens Green and on to The Shelbourne where the staff were so attentive and lovely, this gorgeous hotel is such an established place, deep rooted in Dublin history, I really enjoyed spending the day there.  What can I say about my bride and groom?! these two loved up people welcomed me into their family to share this special moment in their life, the speeches gave me a lump in my throat, the personal touches throughout the day were really lovely and I’m so happy they chose me as their photographer.  🙂 

shelbourne hotel wedding

Trudder Lodge Wedding fun.

Here’s a little peek into a fab wedding from last week in the beautiful setting of Trudder Lodge in Newtownmountkennedy ( the longest place name in ireland…)

 After nearly a week of lovely warm sunshine the rain started to pour down on Friday and didnt stop, you can imagine how gutted I felt when I realised we wouldnt be doing many photos in the Monsoon outside!!  My bride and groom were absolutely calm and nothing was going to spoil their day!!  We are in Ireland after all!

 It was a very relaxed day, from the minute i was welcomed into the family home in Dublin until the end of the night when the band were rocking,  it was such a lovely day. I loved all the personal details,  Adam made his own homebrew especially for the day and Laura had Converse for dancing the night away in, the wedding cake was a family tradition birthday cake and its really those little things are what make your day really special to you.

 Thankyou to Laura and Adam for letting me be part of their day. 🙂


Suppliers: ( i will add the others when i find out more!)

you can find the band here

trudder lodge website

catering 


Oh! The Places you’ll go!  by Dr Seuss.

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose……..

Vintage floral family wedding

Wow, ive never felt the love like i did at last weeks wedding, everyone was so lovely and it was a family affair at home which held many memories and sentiments for my bride. We had a dads first look and there were so many fab details too, from the lemon theme with the brides stunning manolos and fabulous bouquet , to the pretty wedding cake and dessert table made by the maid of honour. I just have to share a few images!