My perfect wedding day. Organization, advice, debriefing
The most magical day — the wedding!
People often ask me what your perfect wedding day looks like. From a professional point of view.
And today I decided to devote a big post to this topic.
it’s easier for me to give an example and show something on someone else’s photos, so today my blog will look like all the wedding inspections of the blocs, and all the photos except the title one from greenweddingshoes.com and stylemepretty.com =)
Of course, clients ask me about the “perfect wedding” because Interested in my professional opinion. “How to plan a wedding in order to get good photos and still get high”))) and stuff like that …
I want to say that in my case, the professional and personal points of view coincide. Like probably the majority of people who are engaged in weddings.
I’ll open all the cards right away – the perfect wedding for me is a wedding for two, with no guests at all, a banquet, etc. Or, say, only with parents and a couple of close friends celebrate registration, jerk off for a photo shoot, and in the evening fly away on a honeymoon.))
But looking at things objectively, I realized that not everyone can afford it for many reasons, so I painted the standard stages of the wedding day, the organization of which I spied here and there, and studied with my wonderful clients).
Of course, my opinion is by no means a prescription, a “must have” and something such that everyone should get into a cake, but carry it out at his wedding. We are all different and we have different desires. And that’s great. I just hope that perhaps you will find something useful for yourself in these templates and tips. Suddenly we are on the same wavelength?))
First, a small introduction …
As a photographer, I am attracted to individuality. This is what should be taken as a basis when planning a wedding. You must have your own style!
I don’t like it when they make weddings “like someone’s”, even if this “someone” had everything just got hurt and you really liked it.
I do not like when they make weddings “for someone.” For grandparents, for parents, for aunts and uncles and so on.
“If we don’t do everything expensively-boho with a banquet for 250 people, they will be offended.”
“If I don’t necessarily wear a white dress a la cake with a crown a la princess, no one will believe that I am a bride.”
“If I don’t go three sizes larger in my dress jacket, which I have left from the prom — I will look not like a groom, but like a tramp or, worse, a fucking hipster!” =)))
“If we make a wedding banquet in the loft with walls of shabby brick and concrete, our relatives will not understand us”
Of course, if you have a masochistic tendency in you to do everything contrary to your desires, you can make a wedding based on generally accepted standards of “quality” and calm down. But this is not part of my concept of a perfect wedding day.
Firstly, I am for individuality. You already understood that. I love when wedding photo shoots are not like one another.
For the sake of example – if you want to get married in a dress of a non-standard color or in jeans and sneakers – that’s cool! This is your right and your personality! The main thing is that it looks stylish, I beg you!)) If you have all your hands clogged with tattoos – do not hide them! You didn’t do it in order to hide) Put on a shirt with rolled up sleeves, add a vest, a bow tie … and you will look cool, I promise you)). Unless, of course, this is a tattoo “behind the airborne forces” or “golden domes”.
For inspiration in terms of appearance and everything else, I recommend that during the stage of coming up with ideas and style of the whole wedding, study popular wedding sites such as greenweddingshoes.com and stylemepretty.com for beautiful, unmalted ideas that are right for you.
Secondly, as a half-artist and creative person, I love the bohemian environment and everything connected with it. I love interiors in the loft style, careless chic in clothes, hairstyles, floristry.
These weddings really inspire me. You can not only beat them beautifully in the photo – it is also very comfortable and practical in life.
You would know how much I heard the whining, that the corset is crushing, the huge skirt interferes with walking, and the stripper shoes on a 15-centimeter hairpin and platform are rubbed))).
Perhaps this will sound like a break for someone, but Coco Chanel at the beginning of the 20th century abolished the fashion for corsets! You can exhale!))
Light dresses on the floor of chiffon or silk flutter remarkably in the wind, giving the bride weightlessness, charm, sophistication, and a riddle. Lace trim or embroidery looks very feminine and romantic.
Genius in simplicity. And a few interesting accents!
Also, light outfits give freedom in terms of photos. You can shoot the model while standing, sitting, lying)))) and everywhere it will look charming, relaxed. Attention will be focused on the bride, on the interesting details of her dress, on how she lays down in beautiful folds and is blown by the wind, on her happy eyes, on her hair, in which the flower is tangled, on her bright shoes, on her hands, carefully lifting the dress with walking, and everything else …
Also do not forget about hair jewelry! Various combs and hairpins are now in great fashion and look luxurious! =)
And of course the shoes! Wedding shoes can be of any colors and styles and, I am not afraid of this word, firms)) yes, you will wear them maybe once, but you will remember all your life!
Lush wedding dresses (and even with a veil) look advantageous only when standing. And then the bride has to stand alone, because the groom cannot approach her closer than 2 meters because of the fluffy skirt. This, as you know, neither adds romance nor beauty. And adds pomposity! It’s cool to take a picture of a bride in a magnificent dress and a groom at a parade somewhere in the palace with columns and pictures of naked angels in gilded frames, but when people come to take a picture in some impenetrable forest and ask to put them “somehow”, and even to each photo in a new position)))) this is PPC friends.
Pink skirt of the bride, her hairstyle and bouquet – my love))
By the way, if we are talking about lush dresses – then I beg you, do not choose a short veil to their elbows!)) The “princess” dress and veil should be like a princess, isn’t that so? A better with a train =)
By the way, about interesting details)) they can include, for example, wreaths of fresh flowers on the head, various jewelry made of beads, embroidered backs and the like.
At this bride I like the back of the dress and the combination of all-all! necessarily a long veil, her hair, manicure, a bouquet and, of course, the groom))))
One thing can be said about the appearance of the groom – style does not always imply high cost. Although in general the same thing can be said about the bride))).
During my life I have seen a bunch of suits of obscure companies that sat like hell and cost dofig. I’m silent about the costumes left over from the prom.
I once went through ZARA, River Island and H&M and found there a huge number of cool potential clothes (from classic to hipster) for grooms of completely different style, build and prosperity. (make a discount on when the article was written)) now, perhaps, everything is already much sadder!)
Do not also reject individual tailoring from a seamstress who specializes in men’s clothing. Yes, it will come out, perhaps more expensive than the costume of the masses of the market, but it’s worth it!
You can’t imagine how disappointing it is to see when the wedding is organized on a grand scale, everything is beautiful – decor, floristry, the bride … and the groom is like a gopnik from the district!))
One of the main differences between photographs in Western blogs and ours is that “our” suitors are a mile away. In terms of a stupid bangs combed on the forehead and a suit-bag of potatoes.
Allocate along with the groom and his “fit” no less time than yourself! Then you and the groom will not be “from different operas”, and the photos will not lose their relevance over the years.
In my view of an ideal wedding, the groom should also be dressed with a touch of bohemia. Shirt, bow tie, vest, ideally fitting trousers, not necessarily classic in color and fabric, interesting boutonniere, cool socks)). I don’t really like jackets. They don’t suit everyone, especially if the groom is not too puny in build))).
I think it’s cool when the groom and his friends are dressed a la heroes of the series “The Big Bang Theory” or something like that))).
At a wedding in America, it is very difficult to get guests to wear not just the same, but even just clothes in the same style. But if you really want, then you can))
Indicate the dress code in invitations or sew dresses to the bridesmaids =) then precisely no one will spoil your holiday by appearing in red or mini))
Things are sad with outfits for friends of the groom in Russia, but we (the wedding men) are steadily promoting this to the masses! =))
I don’t understand why some people neglect fees, because this is a great opportunity to capture without details all the details, dress, rings, bouquet. The wedding series should begin with something, and the logical beginning for it is fees.
This is a chance for the photographer to arrive a little earlier than the appointed time, and while the bride is not yet ready to take a picture, look around a bit, find interesting places to shoot, capture “for the story” the excited faces of the newlyweds, perhaps their relatives or several closest friends (so as not to create a booth , at the training camp does not need a lot of people).
If we talk about the PLACE, then the hotel or recreation center is my priority. Because in hotel rooms it is usually clean and there are no unnecessary colorful details that could get into the frame. Details are an important part of wedding photography. And they should look stylish in the interior.
In general, I like well-equipped recreation centers. Because everything is within walking distance – nature, the place of registration, and the restaurant. Also, all guests in the evening can stay overnight “in numbers”))) and in the morning – the continuation of the banquet!)
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An ideal wedding photo session for me – BEFORE the REGISTRY OFFICE or exit registration.
It is logical for the bride and groom to pack in the morning, go take a photo for an hour or two, while makeup, hair and dresses are still fresh.
Now a little bit about “Will you tell us the poses?” =)
Clients often (yes almost always) tell me that they don’t know how to get up and that I should “lead” them. I must say, I really like to “lead”))). True, only in small groups of people – 3-4 people maximum. I do not like crazy herds. ESPECIALLY at the photo shoot.
For me, a wedding photo shoot is the most important thing.
Here you need to run the maximum program. To have what to print and put in a frame on the fireplace))). Your guests, etc. – this, of course, is also important and, of course, will be in the photo. But for me the main thing is you.
In posing, I usually do not demand anything supernatural. I don’t put it on twine, I don’t twist it into a pretzel)) and you don’t need all this!
But it happens that people refuse to make the seemingly minimum that I offer them. And it drives me into a stupor. I want to say, friends, what the hell did you hire me to do if “I don’t want it, I won’t”? Maybe then I will go home and close this question? )) The funny thing is that after the phrase “Let’s not do this …” follows “Well, what’s next?” How do we get up? ”
An ideal day for me is when clients fully trust my vision! I want freedom in the expression and implementation of ideas)))). I love and adore customers who support any offer. Guys, you’re the best!))
I really want clients to leaf through my portfolio on the site in advance and “shake my hair”, watch how I put the newlyweds BEFORE them – there is no debauchery, trash and fumes. Nothing wrong. I’m not interested in filming this. Everything is as natural as possible for me. And absolutely ALL the people I shoot are unprofessional models. They are just as worried, just do not know how to get up, just as they embarrassedly smile and look shyly – this is cool!
What is the main thing in wedding photos? Genuine emotions!
I like the way you look at each other, and not at the camera, how you smile at each other, your gentle touches, etc.
Therefore, if you explain in a popular way, when “posing” the main thing is to hug, kiss, look at each other (until I tell you to look at me)))) and laugh)))) EVERYTHING! Because no photoshop will help you draw a smile on your sour faces. That’s the whole secret! And I can catch a good shot and put you on a good background and light, believe me.
As for the place, the non-standard, the better!
I love the fields, I love the shores of a lake, I love the cliffs and the highlands of country style.
I like air and wind in my hair) as in these wonderful photos from New Zealand. And don’t tell me that we don’t have such landscapes.
If everything happens in the city, then interesting buildings and streets, possibly graffiti, can serve as the background. It should only be remembered that the urban theme does not imply lush dresses a la cake)).
I’m just by all hands and feet FOR, when you bother about the place of the wedding photo shoot, details for her, you want her to be more non-standard. Photo zones designed by stylists and professional decorators are also a great idea.
In a new place, a lot of new ideas and options come to mind, which in the next arboretum are already all snapped up and down.
By the way, another plus of the photo session before the ceremony is the absence of unauthorized persons.
You can’t imagine how white-hot the “tips” and “tips” of guests at the wedding bring me! For all their life they have not been to so many weddings, how many I have been in this year alone!
I repeat, at a photo shoot it is important for me to complete the task to the maximum and everything that I have outlined in my head. “Tips” only distract me and lead me into perplexity.
As for the newlyweds, when they are alone with me, they willfully need to interact with each other in order to relax in front of the camera, because I am a stranger to them). Without kipish they listen to my suggestions and do everything just fine and without whining.
But when relatives and friends appear … especially when there are a lot of them … They follow us in the tail, steal my frames on their mirrors, and COMMENT on each movement of the newlyweds …
“Oh, look, look how Breed and Merien kiss!”
“Ch, Breed, you stood up like you weren’t your own?” Come on, flop down on one knee and as if you were giving Marian a bouquet! ”
“Oh, but this background is so stupid, shabby … So it is necessary, right?”
All this makes the newlyweds giggle nervously, think “what the hell should we show feelings with relatives and friends, kiss and so on?” And once again answer the questions of these same relatives, which leads to a deplorable result in the photo.
Another undoubted plus of the photo session BEFORE the ceremony is that guests will arrive right at the beginning of registration. They will not be bored on a walk, steal my shots, and do not get drunk ahead of time))))))
Take a word, everyone who wanted to take a photo with you will have a chance to do this after the ceremony more than once))).
Well, there’s no doubt that the ideal registration is exit! This is not negotiable.
BUT registration registration is different.
It all depends on how carefully you considered the very personality and style of your couple that I spoke about at the very beginning. And also on how you chose the venue, event organizer, florist, decorator, etc.
Professionals in their field can create such masterpieces from which they are truly breathtaking! There is no need to spare money for this.
Exit registration is the only official part. Therefore, it should be thought out to the smallest detail.
If this happens on the street, you need to provide benches or chairs for the guests, and it is desirable that they were better than others had to stand. The crowd and the crowd is not beautiful! “Corridors” of people – also not beautiful!
Moreover, not everyone can clearly see the newlyweds. Especially if they, thanks to the soviet presenters, stand in front of the “arch”, and back to the guests.))
Directly the place of registration is usually decorated based on the theme of the wedding. But the more vibrant delicate flowers, accessories, candles and ribbons – the better))). Equally important is beautiful light. It is not very cool to exchange vows in the sunshine or in impenetrable shade.
It seemed to me a very interesting idea with colorful chairs. Unusual and bright.
If registration is indoors, it should be a room with natural light from the windows, a large area and a beautiful interior that suits your theme.
Because exit registration is a western template, the father takes the bride out by the arm and passes it to the groom standing at the “arch”. The priest – in our case, the presenter))) – says a few pleasant words, all sorts of blah blah blah about the new family and the strength of their feelings, gives the word to the bride and groom to say their “oaths” … How glad they met each other, and how they will try to keep their love for many years. Then the bride and groom kiss, all congratulate them, the end))).
You can’t say much about the banquet … but I’ll say it anyway)))))
It is clear that he, too, should be in a well-lit (both day and evening) place.
Space should be more than enough. You still throw a bouquet there)))
Also take pity on the staff who work for you all day.))) It’s not very convenient to squeeze your ass between tables at 5 square meters to capture what is happening.
A few components of a great evening, in my opinion, are:
Professional design. Decorators and florists to help you). And also the inspection sites that I wrote above). Now in fashion bohemian theme and all kinds of eclecticism, mix.
A good witty presenter, without vulgar jokes and contests with rolling eggs in trouser legs, etc.)))
DJ with modern music that you discuss in advance. Without any “I AM HAPPY AS ANYONE …”, “a white dress, a white veil …”, “I love you to tears” and other thrash car))). How old are you at all?))
The most magical day — the wedding. Live show. I have been to many weddings with live performances of various cover bands and I’ll tell you this is awesome! A completely different atmosphere, energy!) Even the older generation is eager to dance to the good old hits of the Beatles or, say, Syutkin))) why not). Live performance is one of the components of the holiday atmosphere and unrestrained fun))).
Here, like, that’s all … and do not forget to feed the photographer!)
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