All of your married friends will say the same thing: your wedding day will come and go in the blink of an eye, and those all-important photographs are the perfect keepsake for looking back on the memories. Whoever you decide to choose for your photographer will most likely have an idea of what they’d like to shoot on the day, but it doesn’t hurt to give them a little guideline too, particularly if you have specific shots in mind to include certain family members, or capture certain moments.
We chatted to the lovely Lianne – the lady behind the lens at Foyetography. Lianne shot one of our most recent open days at Stancliffe Hall with us, as well as heading up a styled shoot at Clumber Park; all of that inbetween shooting real weddings – so she really knows her stuff.
We asked Lianne what her must-have shots are for the big day. Here’s what she told us:
Dad’s first look
Of course, sadly, not everyone is going to have their father with them on their wedding day, but someone is going to show that emotion when they first see the bride in her dress. Whether it’s dad, mum, grandparent, siblings, bridesmaids or best friend; that moment is often the point when things start to feel very ‘real’. Almost every bride I have photographed have said during the stages of getting ready, ‘this doesn’t feel real yet’, or ‘it’s like it’s someone else’s wedding day’. Then before you know it, the gown is on, the veil is placed and that special someone arrives to accompany the bride to the ceremony. They walk in with a smile and a second later they are fighting the tears.
The little things can often be the big things at a wedding. They are the ideas, the inspiration and feelings you based the design of your wedding day. The time you took choosing flowers, favours, cakes and toppers. The discussion you had with your fiancé over the kind of stationary you’d like and the colour scheme of the day. You’ve probably spent a LOT of time and money putting all these things together and so you deserve to have beautiful photographs to document it all! Remember to tell your photographer if there is any detail that is especially important to you.
Bride & Groom’s first look
You’ve been nervous about that walk up the aisle. Thinking about the pace you’ll walk, not stepping on your gown, the guests looking at you and how you are not used to being centre of attention. Then you step around the corner and as he turns to see you, you lock eyes on each other and all of those worries will be forgotten. You’ll not think of anything other than each other.
Different Venues have their own rules about where the photographer can be during the ceremony and when they can take their shots. Churches are usually the most strict with this and the wedding rehearsal is the time that we would normally speak with the vicar or officiant to find out exactly what the restrictions are so we can be respectful of this on the wedding day while getting the best images of the ceremony. If there is no rehearsal then we find out as soon as possible on the day what our rules are and scout the best positions to capture your vows to each other.
This is a great way to get fun and colourful photographs of you and your guests. Again, venues will have their own allowances for where you can do this but if you get the chance to, I do recommend you have confetti! Don’t rely on your guests to bring it along – a few might remember and try to share it around but if you can have it ready for them, everyone can enjoy it and join in.
Kids being kids
Little flower girls in pretty dresses and page boys in miniature three piece suits make for the most adorable portrait subjects. However! Kids below a certain age (and sometimes the older ones as well) are unpredictable, wild and a law unto themselves – which is what makes them great! Of course, it’s brilliant if they manage a few minutes of posing calmly and smiling nicely with the family for some portraits, but the best photographs I find are when they are doing what they do best – just being themselves. If you decide to have children as part of your wedding party or as guests, it’s probably a good idea just to go with the flow and not worry too much about those ‘perfect’ shots of them. Your photographer will catch them being their usual cheeky selves and in years to come, those will be the photographs you show the teenagers they have become and remind them of when they did that ‘thing’ at your wedding.
A great speech can have the room roaring with laughter one minute and crying their eyes out the next. The reactions of the bride and groom are priceless and beautiful. I personally love to capture those emotions while they are being told how loved they are, or being reminded of their most embarrassing moment (maybe it’s that ‘thing’ they did at a wedding when they were a kid…).
This is the only part of the day which we suggest you have a little time out and have some portraits as newly-weds, without your guests watching or taking part. This can be before the speeches or later in the evening during the summer, we will advise you on the best time to do this based on the rest of the timescale of the day. Often there will be somewhere within the venue grounds to sneak off to, but if not, ask your photographer (before the day!) to scout another location nearby where you can go to and have your portraits taken. There’s no need for these to be awkward or have forced posing, or even to take up a lot of time – but a great opportunity to capture two people in love with the bonus of gorgeous scenery.
The traditional start to the evening, the first dance is the part of the day many couples tell me they are the most nervous about, more so than the vows or the speeches. Some couples don’t have one at all! Whether it’s a slow smoochy number or an upbeat toe tapper – once you’re on that dance floor, let the music take you away and before you know it, you will be surrounded by your family and friends to party the night away.
Every Wedding is different and unique. At Foyetography, we capture your day naturally, as it happens. We’ve spoken to you before the day (usually several times, from your initial consultation through to a final detail and timeline check a few days before) so we know when to look out for each ‘event’ and get into the right places. All you need to think about is each other and having a great time with your guests, enjoying your perfect wedding day.
Foyetography are Derbyshire-based wedding photographers and have collaborated with Honeysuckle & Castle on this post.