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The Wedding Reception/Ideas and advice from a wedding photographer

This blog is part of a four part series on weddings. “Getting Ready” The Ceremony” The Intimate session” and lastly “The Reception”

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After twenty four years of photographing weddings nationwide, I have been to allot more receptions that most people on the planet.in this blog I am going to share with you advice to make your reception memorable.

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The venue you choose is important,its all about the atmosphere. I know that venues are extremely expensive.Here is my suggestion,why not rent a beautiful house on the beach and have everything come to you,caterers,hair and makeup,band or D.J. Some of my favorite weddings were at private homes.Also I do believe you would save allot of money this way.

I do suggest you have live music,D.J’s are alright but so redundant .Personally I feel a live band is so much more memorable.Makes your wedding more unique.

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I would stay away from the big resorts,unless you want to feel like a number and see other couples getting married the same day.Some of these places to me feel like an Assembly line of weddings

Make it your own,be creative,be unique.

Why not hire a cartoon artist, a magician, a fortune teller,a cigar roller.Give your guests something to talk about.To be honest,a great deal of the receptions I have been to were a bit boring.You want yours to stand out,you want your guests to have a great time.

A photo booth is allot of fun for children and to get adults to feel like a child again.

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Instead of a cake, I have seen all kinds of things,a coffee and desert bar,even Key Lime Pie on a stick, again,make it your own,have fun with the planning!

As for the food,why not ask your favorite restaurant if they will cater your event, or if you have relatives who cook you could save allot of $$.r

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ALONE AT LAST /the intimate session

part of a four part series on wedding photography. getting ready,the ceremony,the intimate session,and the reception  Advice for the client.

The only thing that I do insist on with my clients is an “intimate session” This will perhaps be the only alone time that you will have on your wedding day.I feel that these photographs are the most romantic and probably the ones that you will be hanging on your walls.

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When you are working on your timeline, leave at least a half hour or more in the best light of the day,the last hour before the sun is setting.Think about the background,are there some beautiful nature spots on the grounds of your venue? If not try to explore and find a beautiful nature spot nearby your venue

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Do not allow anyone to tag along,this is a distraction to you and to your photographer.Your guests will be fine, might be a good time to plan a cocktail hour. Always work with your D.J. and wedding coordinator and let them know in advance .

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When I am photographing a destination wedding,I sometimes plan with my couples for a “day after” session. using the destination as my background. My couples are always so much more relaxed the day after,I get to spend allot more time with them = more beautiful and interesting photos.

 

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GETTING READY! wedding advice

This blog will be in four parts,”Getting ready” Ceremony”., “The intimate session” and the reception.

Today I will be covering “getting ready”

I always get to the location early. The first thing that I photograph is the atmosphere of the venue,this is important to my couples,they have chosen this venue for a reason. After twenty five years of photographing weddings I have had the privilege of traveling to castles in Germany,the super dome in New Orleans,the Biltmore in North carolina,Hemingway house in Key West just to name a few.

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For my couples,try to have the ladies and the guys get ready at the same location,there are two sides to the story.I like to go back and forth.

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During this time I like to photograph the details,  have a go to person for your photographer. I always ask to have the details ready for me when I come in.The rings,the flowers,an invitation or newspaper,something with the date on it,shoes dress,vows etc…

Advice to the ladies,choose a room with the most natural light,remember that light is very important for the sake of the photos,you do not want to get ready in a room with florescent lite with no windows.Try to keep the room free of clutter.

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Leave plenty of time for some bride and groom portraits when you are all ready.For the brides do not be last to have your hair and makeup done.

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Try to get plenty of rest the night before and if you get nervous remember it is about the marriage. Dont sweat the small stuff,just go with the flow.

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(  A lesson for future brides and for wedding photographers )

  I believe that being a woman has an advantage when it comes to wedding photography.Most brides do feel much more comfortable around women, especially during the “getting ready”  time. I also believe everyone is their most beautiful when they are happy!!

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  Dont skip the “getting ready” session with your photographer. A great wedding photographer is a great storyteller. To me the beginning of the story is so important,. all of the chaos the emotions and the alone time that I spend with the bride getting the bridal portraits.
   Also try to have the guys near by,you do not want to forget the other part of the story. Having several locations is not a good Idea your photographer will have less time with you,with the guys, and you will have less photos and might even miss out on allot of great moments. The best case scenario   is when you can have everything at one location for instance,rent a beautiful house   and have all vendors come to you ,it really does cut down on the stress level. .
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  I feel one of the most important part of being a great wedding photographer is getting to know your couples, if you can meet with them or have an engagement session do it! If not, often times my couples are from out of state or country, get to know each other through e mails and phone conversations. By the time the wedding day comes, my brides are so happy to see me,they are 100% comfortable and it shows through the lens! Being comfortable   with your wedding photographer also cuts down on the stress.
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  For brides and grooms, dont try to pose,let your emotions flow ,try to forget about the camera and just enjoy every moment.The photo below,”the grooms reaction” is usually the most important moment for both the bride and the groom.
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VALIUM FOR BRIDES/ Advise from a wedding photographer to help calm your nerves

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

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 Take a deep breath,let it out slowly,clear your mind (take up mindful meditation) I am serious, it really does help me to lower my blood pressure!
DO:Consider having  a “first look” It does help alleviate    some of the before ceremony jitters
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DO: Have a professional hair and makeup artist come to you,I highly recommend a trial run,perhaps the day your are having your engagement photos taken,this will certainly help you to calm down a bit trusting that your pro hair and makeup artist will make you look amazing. (even if you have a bad hair day or get a big wedding zit)
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DO go with the airbrush and the false lashes,done right it looks amazing!
DO: Hold your flowers low it elongates your waist
DO: Put your weight on your back leg while standing dont stand straight in front of the camera
DO; Try to forget about the camera and enjoy your day,it will go by like a flash.Trust your photographer,feel comfortable with him or her,talk or meet with them before the BIG day. I encourage my brides to call and e mail as much as they want.
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DO: If you have by-by  arms or back fat,have a tailor sew some 3/4 inch  sleeves or get a shawl. Not every bride is built to wear a sleeveless dress, I cant for the life of me understand why most wedding gowns are sleeveless.
DO eat something, low blood sugar might not look good on you!
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DO get your man involved in someway this day is not just all about you
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DO Ask your photographer to help you with the timeline,and recommending vendors.
DO; leave your phones at home a week before the wedding and go on a date together.
DO give your phone to a friend or family member the day it will be constantly ringing
DO feed your vendors,take care of them and they will do a better job for you
DO have a manni & peddi,and have your man get one also, it will be fun!
DO have a Mimosa while you are being pampered
DO have everyone come to you the day of your wedding, dont go out to a salon to have your hair and makeup done, that can be very stressful,try to have everything in one place
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DO:Most of all remind yourselves,this day is all about the marriage,not the wedding,relax and enjoy,in 23 yrs I have never had anything big go wrong,dont sweet the small stuff!!
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