I (Rhiannon) was in my 30s when David and I got married. By that point in life, I had been in several weddings and attended many more. However, there was still so much I did not know about how to plan my own wedding day – part of which I want to share with you today!
Our wedding photographer was a friend of mine from college, had been capturing weddings for years, and is amazing behind the camera. Neither of us have ever regretted spending the money we did to have her for our wedding day, she captured everything we asked her to and was so fun! However, as neither of us had been married before, there are many things that I wish she would have shared with us as a professional who had been a part of many weddings. So, here are the 3 biggest mistakes I think we made on our own wedding day that have absolutely shaped the way we work as wedding photographers with our clients now!
MISTAKE #1: I didn’t have my mother present when I was getting in my gown. I know it probably shocks almost all of you that it never even occurred to me that this was a thing. My mom is a very practical woman and not what you’d call girly. She wore a pants suit at her own wedding and was very hesitant to give me advice on my own wedding day when I asked (“it’s your wedding, do what you want!”). However, being her only daughter, this was her one chance to experience the joy of helping me prepare to walk down the aisle to my forever. We don’t live close by, so she had already missed shopping with me for said dress, the least I could have done was ask her to help me get it on for my big day!
MISTAKE #2: Although David and I had a first look (this we don’t regret at all!), it never occurred to me to have a special moment with either of my parents (see mistake #1 again), which would have been easy to do! Instead, my parents saw me for the first time on my wedding day as I was running through the church foyer trying to make sure all people were present for the photos coming up before the ceremony. I wish I could go back in time to have a first look with my dad too. I’m thankful that I remember what his face looked like as he saw me for the first time that day, but I wish he could see it too!
MISTAKE #3: The only posed pictures we have with our bridal party are in the church and were taken quickly in our limited time for portraits before the ceremony. In retrospect, I wish we had taken some more out in the snow too, so we had some variety, as well as some less-posed shots all together. This would have required more time set aside as well.
In the grand scheme of things, these really aren’t that big of a deal. We still got married and we have beautiful photo memories of the whole day. However, the fact that I still think about this 8 years later means that it shouldn’t have happened this way! That’s why we do things the way we do for your big day – we don’t want you to have any regrets!
We want to make sure you’re thinking about every moment and making informed decisions. We also want to ensure that you have the appropriate amount of time to capture all of the moments you want! That’s why we walk through your whole wedding day with you ahead of time. One former bride once confided in me that she considers us wedding photographers and planners. I wouldn’t necessarily go so far as calling us wedding planners (although we can recommend one if you want one!), but we certainly are much more involved in planning your wedding day than many photographers are (including our own!). After all, as the ones that have been involved in many weddings before yours, we tend to know what you should be thinking about and how best to plan for it!
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