Grab some popcorn, this is a long blog post with a bunch of wedding photos for Sydney and Michael’s wedding. A while back I posted their engagement photos at the Loft Studio. The wedding was held at Sandy’s Heritage Gardens in the summer.
We started off the day with the getting ready photos. I jump between the bride’s room and the groom’s room. I capture the details such as dress, shoes, boutonnieres, flowers, and more. We also ended up with a few “blackmail” photos of people doing shots before the ceremony. Fun!
It’s also a great time to photograph the bride with her bridesmaids or groom and the dudes.
And then we have the wedding ceremony. Heritage Gardens will usually have the ceremony indoors with the large windows as the background for the ceremony. And this is why you want a professional photographer—it can be a challenge photographing with all the light coming through the window. We also have to balance the color and quality of the light from the window.
And I had no idea there would be a dip for the first kiss. It happens so fast.
And be sure to stop at the end of the aisle for another kiss. I’ll remind you, but be prepared to stop.
We then photographed the family, friends, wedding party, and finally the bride and groom. We did all of these photos after the ceremony so the bride and groom would not see each other before hand. It has become popular to photograph the family, friends, and couple before the ceremony. So there is more time for partying after the ceremony.
For the portraits, I like to start with everyone and work our way down to the bride and groom ( or spouse 1 and spouse 2 if the couple is LGBT).
And there are a lot of options for the wedding party. We typically follow tradition, but we can be as flexible as needed. If you have a list, great. If you don’t have a list, we’ll shoot till you can’t think of any more combos.
Then we took Sydney and Michael around the gardens for their formal portraits. And at one point, during golden hour, we had the perfect light. I even shot a bunch of natural light photos. We had Michael step out for some bridal portraits as well. We ended up with some amazing portfolio pieces for sure.
Then we had the traditional activities of cutting the cake, tossing a bouquet, and the bride’s garter belt.
We also documented the repair of a wardrobe malfunction. The strap had snapped and one of the mothers had some made sewing skills and tools to fix the strap.
I always try to document the wedding rings.
And then we had the grand exit. They waved streamers and I have my lighting setup to make everyone look amazing.
One final kiss before they take off in the car.