You're booked in!
Woo! I'm so excited to be part of your day! You're probably wondering what happens now, so I've created this little guide to help out. Hopefully this information will be helpful, and it'll be something you can come back to throughout the planning process.
What happens now?
Do keep in touch and let me know how your planning is going - I love hearing about weddings, so feel free to drop me an email if you need another opinion, need advice or would like a supplier recommendation. As well as attending heaps of weddings, I planned my own last year so I'm always ready to dish out some advice!
How should we plan our wedding day timeline?
A month before the wedding I'll send you an email containing a link to an online form where I can get the times and addresses of all the important bits of your day. To help you plan your timeline and fill out this form, here are some pointers:
In the morning, I'll arrive a couple of hours before your ceremony to grab some preparation photos and to give myself plenty of time to head to your ceremony venue to capture some shots of the room before your guests arrive. If you're both getting ready at the same place I can photograph a little bit of both of your prep, but if getting shots of both of you getting ready is important to you I'd suggest adding a second shooter to your package.
I like to do group shots after the ceremony. I always give my couples at least 20 minutes to chill out, grab a drink and eat some food before I do these. I recommend keeping these to around 8-10 different groups. I try not to take more than 20 minutes on these so your guests can go back to having fun rather than being bossed around by me! To help me out, I ask that an usher/groomsman/bridesmaid is on hand to help find family members. Ideally this would be someone who knows all of the people on the group shot list.
After the group shots, I like to take you away to some stunning locations around your venue. As a minimum, 15-20 minutes is ideal. I like to do a second session at sunset of around 10 minutes to get some photos of the two of you in that amazing golden, sunset light! Try not to worry about these too much - most of my couples tell me they're not photogenic (they absolutely are photogenic!) and they hate having their photo taken, but I like to keep things as natural as possible so there's no awkward posing. I'll choose a location that looks great and get you to interact with each other and try and pretend I'm not here! Hugging, chatting, kissing, laughing, dancing - whatever feels right to you!
After the first dance, I stay for around 30 minutes - an hour to capture some dance floor shots. Usually just after the first dance is when most of your guests head to the dance floor so I love getting some shots at this point! Expect to see me singing along to anything and everything.
When is the final payment due?
Your final payment is due the month before your wedding. It'll always say on the original booking invoice when you need to pay and I'll also send you a reminder the month before.
What about food?
I'm more than happy to bring my own food, but if you're lovely enough to offer me some of your amazing wedding food of course I'm going to say yes! I'm a vegetarian, but other than that I'm not too fussy. Don't worry about including me in your table plan (I know how tricky these are) I'm more than happy sat in a separate room in the venue while you and your guests are eating. This means I can recharge my batteries and be ready to go for the party.
What happens if it rains?
Don't worry. I'll find space inside the venue for your group shots, and we can do your couples portraits in the venue too! Of course I'm totally up for venturing outside in the rain if you are - sometimes you get the most amazing light when it's raining. If you don't want to get completely drenched, invest in some clear plastic umbrellas. Even if it does rain, you're still going to have the most amazing day ever.
What about Polaroids?
I love old film cameras, so at your wedding you'll see me with a few different ones. I like to provide you with some instant film photographs (Polaroids, Instax) on the day. I usually take these during the couples portraits. When I post you your package, these film shots will be included too.
I also photograph with 35mm film and 120 film. If you've got any questions about film photography or would like even more of it added to your day just let me know!
After the wedding
When I'm back home after the wedding, your unedited images are backed up and I'll get started on a few preview images ready to email across to you and share on my social media the next day.
You can expect to have your images on the online gallery in 4-6 weeks and I'll also post out your USB to you with some little surprises thrown in.
If a photo book is part of your package, I'll ask you to choose images through the online gallery. This can take 12 weeks from the date you choose your images to be printed.
I know planning a wedding can be daunting. It's totally normal - there's always so much to think about, but you've got people on hand to help out (like me!) who can give heaps of great advice. I love to help out where I can so email, text, call! I'm so excited to be part of your wedding, I can't wait to see you on the day and be part of such a meaningful and special occasion. See you soon!