YAY you’re getting married & guess what? You just chose the best photographers! (We may be biased) haha!
So here is a little guide we thought might be quite helpful!  Because we care about the important stuff and how you want your celebration of love to be.

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Plan for light on your Wedding Day

So many really great moments are happening and good lighting can help capture them in a more elegant way.
Large windows & light spaces – when getting ready.

10-3pm is a crazy harsh sunlight time of day. Shadows & heat are all around. Plan to do things after or before this time or look for shady places we can hide that have interesting back drops!

If you want glowy dusk photos or portraits in a field or other open area, you’ll need to make time for portraits around sunset (The Golden Hour). Even if you take a few moments away from your reception & have the main photos earlier – thats fab!
The Golden Hour – is the most stunning time of the day, It may take a bit of planning, but we assure you, you will have the most romantic images.
If you want to know what your “Golden Hour” would be, flick us an email and we will let you know.

At the reception avoid red and orange up lights during speeches or dancing – they are hard to fix after we leave! Stick to the normal dim lights & when its time to dance – make sure to get those green, yellow & blue DJ lighting going!

If you are worried about it being cloudy on your day – don’t! That is the best for photos – we can go anywhere!

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 Timelines

We’ve been to a heap of Weddings & one of the most common questions we get asked is “How do we set everything out in terms of timelines?”
So we have come up with a list of little timing tips that will help your day run, so you can spend more time with the people you love.

Morning Prep:
(Many good makeup artists will take an hour per person to do!)
Plan for your makeup & hair to go overtime. Have a little buffer of time so you can have a glass of champagne & relax in your dress!
Get your mum & bridesmaids in their dresses before you. So they can help you get in your dress 🙂
Get your Maid Of Honour to watch the clock, so you don’t have to worry. She can have it under control.

Ceremony:
(30mins if its not so traditional)
Congratulations take time! Its super nice to have this time to go “YAY we’re married”
So after the Ceremony designate 15-30mins just for your friends & family to congratulate you & mingle with them.

Family Photos
(30mins if you are having just a few. Longer if you are having a massive list!)

Bridal Portraits:
Refer to “Couple Portraits” below 🙂
Travel: Allow time to travel in between venues.
SUNSET SUNSET SUNSET – so so beautiful (take 15mins for this)

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“Couple Portraits”

We scout the locations close to the Wedding venue & reception — but we want to know what you want out of your couple photos together.

Do you have a place that is special to you– can we take you there for photos? Do you want the beach background or were you hoping for a lush forest look?

It is a nice time to think about time frames too — It is a good idea to set around an hour and a half for formal photos if you are taking the bridal party. But if you are happy to take a few classic photos with your besties where the ceremony was  – 10mins is all we need with them.
Then leave the bridal party behind to do more of the two of you – an hour or even 45 mins (excluding travel) is perfect for this!
(It’s a little more fun and intimate with just you two as well!)

Seriously think about ditching the bridal party – often it can take much more time with everyone in tow!
There are a few questions in our Questionnaire about this, please make sure you fill your preferences in there 🙂

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Rain

It’s not going to rain on your Wedding day 🙂
But, if it does happen to, do you have a “wet weather plan”?
It’s just to be safe, plan ahead incase it does happen — The ceremony + couple portrait locations need to be thought about.
Or if you are like me, make the most of it — grab a few umbrellas and rock it anyway!
We love to go with the flow and are happy to get amongst it, but if you’re worried about the frizz in your hair, lets discuss some locations that involve an inside option.

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Unplugged Wedding

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This is the first kiss.
Yes, I know what you are thinking.
Of course there are two of us, so we got a good shot for this bride regardless — but sadly this is a tiny problem with Weddings today.

So often we see so many family and friends looking at you through a camera screen, an iphone or even standing in front of us, just to capture a picture.
When you pay us your hard earned money, we obviously want to give you the best photos we possibly can.

The idea of an Unplugged Wedding is where you ask guests to kindly not take any photos during the ceremony and better yet, don’t load any from the day on social media until you have your photos back from us.  That means the first photos everyone will see are the best ones!

Plus we usually tag you in a few photos a few days after the Wedding!

Also,  we want to see your guests pretty faces! We love to capture moments of Mum, Dad, Grandma etc having a little cry or a smile. It’s such a shame if they are holding a camera up instead of being fully present in your moment.

A good article on unplugged Weddings can be read here:

Why You Might Want to Consider an Unplugged Wedding

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Family & Group photos: Made Easy

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It’s that time when family photos are so very important, yet on the day it might be easy to forget someone.  Take the worry of it all away.
Just fill out the form & submit it back to us to make sure we know what special photos you want.

Family Photos List

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Flat Shoes

Think about a “flat shoe” option when looking around for your heels! Most likely, we will take you off for an hour or more of photos and who knows where it may be!
Rocks, sand, cliff tops? It’s a really great idea to whip some flat shoes on for our photo time!

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Alcohol Calculator

We got married too! So we know it can be difficult knowing how much to spend on alcohol & will it do the job?
We used this amazing Calculator to find out & it was pretty close! Actually looked like not enough but we had left over. Give it a go 🙂

http://www.lk.co.nz/function-calculator.html

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It’s all about you: Questionnaire

We want to know a little more about youuuu!  About the day, the theme, just a little more info to help us capture what is really special to you.
It’s just to get the process going and to know the ins and outs of what you have planned.

Please take the time to fill this out — can be done quickly on the computer & submit to us (no printing needed)
If you don’t have all the info – fill it in closer to the Wedding 🙂

Questionnaire 

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Pinterest

Get on there, it is amazing to get ideas from this little online world.
But do take a step back too,  some of what you see on there is heavily staged – posed – etc.  It’s good to keep that in mind!

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A word of advice for your Celebrant

Stand to the side lady! But seriously, just a quick note to tell your celebrant when you are exchanging rings and your first kiss, they should stand to the side of you.
Nothing worse than a head coming out of your arm, when you first kiss as man and wife!
Oh and ask them what they intend to wear on the day too! We have seen some interesting outfits come along! Perhaps plain is the best option.

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Good People

We know some pretty amazing people who work in the “Wedding Business” and would love to share them with you!  These people are a speciality in their craft (rare to find these days!) & are absolutely such fun to work with! Check them out here:

http://www.theofficialphotographers.org/contact/friends/

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Wedding Agreement

I swear it isn’t scary, just a few key points to keep in mind & sign at the bottom. (Either on Adobe Acrobat or print out & sign)
If you could do this as soon as possible, that would be fantastic!

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Let us know if you have any questions 🙂

Have fun planning!